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THE NIGHTMARE THIEF (Middle Grade)
Coming January 12, 2021, from Sourcebooks Kids
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Twelve-year-old Maren loves making and selling dreams in her family’s shop. But when a sinister customer tries to blackmail her into making nightmares for some secret plot, she must decide whether to protect her family or protect unknown dreams from her family’s magic.

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“Lesperance has crafted a wonderfully original world… The delightfully descriptive text sets a cozy scene, but there is also real danger and a deliciously disconcerting villain. There is magic and mayhem, horror and hope, and the thread of family and friendship weaving it all together.” – Booklist, starred review

“Lesperance crafts a resourceful heroine whose loyalty forces her to confront a difficult situation and come out stronger. She also folds a satisfying sense of wonder into the quaint town, balanced with a chilling element of darkness.” – Publishers Weekly

“A hair-raising, nontraditional horror novel with fantastical elements. Will have universal appeal for children who don’t mind a scare.” – School Library Journal

“A spine-tingling adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews

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THE WIDE STARLIGHT (Young Adult)

Coming February 16, 2021, from Penguin/Razorbill
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When Eli was six years old, her mother took her out onto a frozen fjord, whistled to the Northern Lights, and was swept away into the sky. Ten years later, Eli whistles at the lights and her mother returns, but nothing is quite right. She must piece together her memories, told as Norwegian folk tales, and journey back to Svalbard to figure out what really happened.

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“With her vividly rendered settings, emotionally complex characters, and sweet and sinister magical realism, Lesperance may be a promising successor to Alice Hoffman. . . . Sharp and snow-dusted yet strangely cozy; a comforting winter’s read.” – Kirkus, starred review

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