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The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places

Written by Pete Begler

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March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: daughter’s quest to save her mother from a dangerous fairy world | Nell Perkins has a special gift, or curse: when she looks at people, she can see things that others can’t, often frightening things. She knows what’s happened to the women who have disappeared from her town, she’s seen them snatched up into the strange cloud that hovers overhead. But no-one will believe her. When her own mother is taken, and turned into a bird, Nell sets out with her little brothers to save not just her own, but all those mothers spirited away. With the mysterious Badger as her guide Nell journeys to the Wicked Places to confront the Dark Daughters. Conjuring up magical worlds that are both familiar and strange, Peter Begler spins an enthralling fantasy adventure with a likeable, complex and appealing central character.

Recommended for fans of the greats of children’s fantasy such as Diana Wynne Jones, Susan Cooper and Angie Sage. ~ Andrea Reece

A note from the author: “I have two daughters. I wanted to write a book about remaining true to who you are, seeing through the masks people present to the world, discovering your won power and embracing all the possibilities life has to offer. We are big fans of Hayao Miyazaki, Philip Pullman and Roald Dahl, artists who are able to combine unique visions of fantasy with emotional stories.”

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  • Miyah Smith, age 11 - 'Every time I finished a page I wanted to read on, it kept me in so much suspense! It was a great story, full of adventure and sometimes quite dark.' 

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The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler

Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places — the frightening realm where Nightmares reside. There she must break the spell and stop the witches from turning our world into a living nightmare.

The Fearless Travellers’ Guide to Wicked Places transports readers to an intimately familiar yet completely original world – the world of dreams and nightmares. This surreal and unexpected land is presented in a way never seen before. Dreamlands is at turns beautiful, terrifying and comic. As richly and complex as the fantasy world is, the book is rooted in an emotional story about a seemingly quiet and timid daughter who has to become the protector of her brothers and a fearless mother.


"A wildly imaginative, richly textured, and complex fantasy." a starred review, Kirkus

“...a triumph of world building that combines familiar fantasy elements in surprising ways. He successfully balances the cozy anthropomorphism of a Narnia-type land with the borderline horror of Neil Gaiman or Stephen King.” Foreword Reviews magazine

About the Author

Pete Begler

Pete Begler lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. He writes for movies and television, including the recent new Hugh Laurie drama, CHANCE, which has been a huge ratings success for Hulu. Pete says of his novel:
“I have two daughters. I wanted to write a book about remaining true to who you are, seeing through the masks people present to the world, discovering your won power and embracing all the possibilities life has to offer. We are big fans of Hayao Miyazaki, Philip Pullman and Roald Dahl, artists who are able to combine unique visions of fantasy with emotional stories.”.

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384 pages


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Curious Fox

Publication date

9th March 2017




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Curious Fox is an imprint of Curious Fox


Curious Fox is an exciting imprint for young readers of all ages.  Our mission is to publish imaginative, creative, and jaw-droppingly enjoyable books that will take readers on a journey through new adventures and experiences. Inspired by the curious nature of the fox, the imprint is designed to spark the curiosity of young readers, from beautiful picture books; un-put-down-able middle grade series to thought-provoking YA novels. Curious Fox is also the official publisher of Warner Brothers brands including DC Comics Justice League, Looney Tunes and top dog Scooby-Doo.

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