Christine Johnson grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While she was in the “away” part of that adventure, she lived in Chicago, Illinois, where she attended DePaul University and majored in Political Science. She now lives in an old house in an old neighborhood with her kids and way too many books. Find her on the web at http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com/ and on Twitter @cjohnsonbooks.
In the sequel to the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness, the dark is dangerous. So are your dreams.
For six months Nia has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she met in Shyness. The boy who said he'd call but didn't.
Then, one night, her phone rings. The things Wolfboy says draw her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn't rise and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. The Darkness is changing and Wolfboy's friend is in trouble. And Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more.
As dreamy, funny and real as This Is Shyness.
'I loved this book. I didn't think it was possible for Leanne Hall to write a better novel than the flawless This is Shyness and, in fact, I was a bit hesitant to even read this, worried it might spoil the magic...Luckily, Hall brings the goods. If anything, Queen of the Night is even darker, more atmospheric and more deliciously gothic than its predecessor...Queen of the Night feels like a comic book on the page, but it's more than that. It has the wit and edginess of Scott Pilgrim, mixed with the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. It is an intensely poetic book, but it never feels pretentious or 'literary'. It has elements of the paranormal, but this is no Twilight wannabe. It is fiercely unique and bravely innovative and I cannot wait for the next instalment so I can walk once more with Wolfboy and Wildgirl into the darkness.' Mostly Reading YA Blog
'Queen of the Night is everything fans are hoping of a follow-up to the mad-cap surrealism of This is Shyness. Leanne Hall returns triumphant with her delectable prose and whimsical storytelling, pulling readers back into the darkness to know what happened after Wolfboy and Wildgirl's not-quite-happily-ever-after.' Alpha Reader
'The fantastical is where Hall's strength lies. Her world-building is phenomenal and she makes the extraordinary tangible in a way that echoes the likes of Isobelle Carmody and Penni Russon. Queen of the Night builds on This Is Shyness in a way that is natural and beautiful...The little details and layers of history added to Shyness are an absolute pleasure to read, and I just want more, more, more!' Read Alert (Centre for Youth Literature)