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2019 Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book

“Original, brave, and addictive.”—Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book The Inquisitor’s Tale

Fast-paced, witty, and riveting, this contemporary fantasy adventure has magic woven through every page. The Collectors begins an enchanting two-book series from Jacqueline West, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere series. For fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak, The Isle of the Lost, and The Secret Keepers. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Van has always been an outsider. He’s hard of hearing, collects trinkets, and lives with his single mother—an opera singer with a huge personality. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground society full of wishes and the people who collect them. Not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences, and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes—and they may not be the good guys, after all. 

 Jacqueline West spins a story about friendship, magic, and the gray area between good and evil. The Collectors is for fans of Cassie Beasley’s Circus Mirandus and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener. Booklist calls it, “A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for.”

"Everything I love in a book."—Victoria Schwab, author of #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song

“The kind of taut, atmospheric thriller that gets your heart racing and sets your imagination on fire. Sensational.”—Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Furyborn

Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award

New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West captivates readers with a dark, hypnotic story about the cost of talent—and the evil that lurks just out of sight. Fans of Holly Black and Victoria Schwab will be mesmerized by this gorgeous, magnetic novel.

High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home.

When strange things start happening to Anders, blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to sacrifice to get what they want? 

Told from Anders’s and Thea’s dual points of view, this exquisitely crafted novel is full of unexpected twists and is for fans of Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood.

Discover a secret society where wishes are stolen, and dreams have a price.

In the spellbinding sequel to New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West's The Collectors, eleven-year-old Van Markson embarks on a quest full of magic and adventure to rescue his best friend from a dangerous wish collector.

This contemporary fantasy is just right for fans of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener.

It’s been only a few weeks since Van uncovered a magical secret—that wishes really can come true, and that a mysterious society called the Collectors protects us from the dire consequences even the smallest wish can have. Van knows only too well how wishing can go awry: his mother is recovering from a broken leg, his friend Pebble has been stolen away by the evil wish collector Mr. Falborg, dozens of dangerous creatures called Wish Eaters have escaped into the world, and Van himself has almost died—twice—all because of wishes.

When Van's mother is offered a position at the renowned Fox Den Opera, located in the quiet, beautiful forest a few hours north of the city, she whisks Van away with her, hoping this will be a safer home for their family of two. But Fox Den is home to an ancient Wish Eater—a powerful creature with the ability to grant wishes that have catastrophic consequences; a Wish Eater Mr. Falborg would love to get his hands on. Van must team up with the Collectors and find a way to stop him before he makes a wish that leaves the world in chaos.

New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West takes readers on an adventure with magic woven through every page. Fans of Cassie Beasley's Circus Mirandus and Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Black Cloak will love the thrilling conclusion to the magical journey begun in The Collectors.
Incluso el deseo más pequeño puede ser peligroso. Por eso Los devorasueños te vigilan siempre.
Un mundo oculto donde los deseos son robados y los sueños tienen un precio.

Giovanni Markson, Van para los amigos que no tiene y Minivan para los niños del cole que le hacen la vida imposible, es un chico de 11 años que siempre se fija en los detalles. Ya sea por su deficiencia auditiva o por su naturaleza inquieta, Van siempre está alerta, y gracias a ello encuentra pequeños tesoros, como un muñeco astronauta o una canica marmolada, que guarda en su caja de tesoros.

Gracias a esta capacidad de atención, Van repara en una niña con un abrigo largo y oscuro que intenta coger monedas del fondo de una fuente. Pero eso no es lo más peculiar de ella... sino que la acompaña ¡una ardilla que habla! La niña, sorprendida de que sea capaz de verla, acaba huyendo de él, pero días más tarde la vuelve a ver espiando llamada Pebble, pertenece a una especie de sociedad que se dedica a coleccionar luces en botellas de cristal. ¿Qué son esas luces? ¿Por qué nadie más puede verlos? ¿Por qué quieren retenerlo por haberlos descubierto?

Poco después, Van conocerá al señor Hvalborg, quien también conoce esa misteriosa red subterránea que se dedica a coleccionar... deseos. Al parecer, no todos los deseos son buenos, e incluso los buenos deseos a menudo tienen consecuencias involuntarias, y los Coleccionistas han asumido el deber de protegernos. Pero él no lo ve con buenos ojos. El pequeño Van tendrá que decidir de qué bando está. ¿Quiénes son los malos: los que impiden o los que garantizan que se cumplan los deseos?

Una historia sobre la amistad, la magia y la frontera invisible entre la bondad y la maldad. De ritmo rápido, ingenioso y fascinante, esta aventura de fantasía contemporánea entreteje la magia en cada página.

«Original, valiente y adictiva. West ha creado unas criaturas terroríficas e hilarantes, y una protagonista que te encantará. Un mundo al que querrás volver tiempo después de terminar el libro.» Adam Gidwitz

«Lo tiene todo: una premisa brillante, un héroe convincente y un sentido del humor crepitante. ¡Es todo lo que un joven lector podría desear!» Jonathan Auxier, autor de The Night Gardener

«La magia y el misterio se esconden tras cada una de las sombras de esta inventiva, fascinante y maravillosamente extraña aventura.» Anne Ursu, autora de The Real Boy

«Hecha de magia, tan peligrosa como encantadora.» William Alexander, autor de A Properly Unhaunted Place

«West captura la vida de Van dándole a su personalidad un aire de inocencia. Una brillante aventura de fantasía que explora las consecuencias del hecho de obtener lo que deseas.» ALA Booklist

«West ha construido una historia apasionante y a un protagonista que tiene que lidiar con el poder y la responsabilidad. Los lectores no querrán abandonar nunca este mundo mágico.» Kirkus Reviews

«Un recordatorio suave y triunfante sobre el hecho de que ser diferente no va ligado a la debilidad. Una aventura mágica, llena de humor y de buen corazón.» Publishers Weekly

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