Books by Emily Whitman

THE TURNING by Emily Whitman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"A dishonest ending to an otherwise well-conceived story. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A half-human, half-selkie boy searches for a way to belong. Read full book review >
WILDWING by Emily Whitman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Addy is a 15-year-old dreamer suffering the dual humiliations of poverty and fatherlessness in her small-minded English village. When her curiosity leads her to an opportunity to travel back in time to the Middle Ages, Addy hesitates only a moment before leaving 1913 behind. Relying on her agile wits to survive, she deftly appropriates the identity of Lady Matilda, betrothed from afar to Sir Hugh, the absentee landowner to whom she is to be married in just a few weeks. In a tense first-person narration intercut with letters from Eustace, Sir Hugh's shrewd and suspicious steward, Addy masquerades as the lady of the castle. Along the way, she finds her voice as a woman and falls dangerously in love with Will, Sir Hugh's falconer. The central plot elements—time travel, mistaken identity, forbidden romance—are overly familiar devices, but Addy is an engagingly inventive heroine. Whitman's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions bring the past alive to create an absorbing fictional world that will hook readers from the first page. (author's note, sources) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
RADIANT DARKNESS by Emily Whitman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2009

A spunky Persephone retells her story lustfully enough to satisfy fans of Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer. Persephone willingly leaves her vale with handsome Hades to find a surprisingly mundane Underworld—all it needs are a few feminine touches, like message boards and daily orientations for new arrivals. Unfortunately, she forgot to leave a note for her mother. This unremarkable retelling lays just enough groundwork for the sex, which is not actually depicted beyond "hot and hungry" kisses, unless you count the seduction ("I reach out to a stalk leaning toward me and run a finger across its bulging bud; it's so ripe, the bud splits at my touch...I hold it out to him") or the equally sublimated two-page pomegranate scene, in which its red juice splatters all over her chiton. This is no progressive Persephone—she falls for the first male she ever lays eyes on. But first-time author Whitman has a way with words, and readers will enjoy this—just as long as they don't think too hard about it. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >