The long wait is finally over, because today’s the day you can get your hands on Jacqueline West’s SPELLBOUND, the sequel to the critically acclaimed, New York Times Bestselling novel THE SHADOWS. SPELLBOUND continues Olive’s adventures into Elsewhere, where she’ll meet new friends, face familiar foes, and be sucked deeper into the mystery of her house’s previous owners.

Here’s a terrific video featuring fun facts about the house that inspired the series, some details about SPELLBOUND, and the always-lovely Jacqueline West speaking about her story.

If you missed out on the first book of the series, don’t fret! THE SHADOWS was released in paperback just last month! It’s not too late to read the book Publisher’s Weekly praised for it’s “wicked sense of humor,” Time For Kids rated 9.5 out of 10, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books called “A delightful concoction of quirky humor blended with a rumbling ominous undertone.”

  1. I love this video and will share it this weekend with a bunch of kids…I’m hosting a reading/writing workshop for kids at a local library. It’s fascinating what can inspire a novel and I want to point that out to these budding writers I’ll be talking to…maybe they’ll see something out a bus window that will strike their creativity. Thank you for sharing!


  2. FYI, I showed this video to the kids at the workshop and they were enthusiastic about it. They thought it especially cool that the author was inspired by a house she saw while on her middle school bus…these kids were mostly middle school bus riders themselves. Anyway, just wanted to let you know.


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