Mysterious Mission

October 19, 2018
FROM LEFT: COURTESY K.E. ORMSBEE; CHRONICLE BOOKS

The Vickery twins have lived in a house in Poplar Wood for as long as they can remember. Lee Vickery lives in the west wing with their mother. She works for Memory. Felix Vickery lives in the east wing with their father. He serves Death. Their parents can never see each other because of an old agreement. But everything changes on Halloween. Outcast Gretchen Whipple asks the twins to help her solve a mystery. The trio quickly discovers there is something terribly wrong in Poplar Wood.

Author K.E. ORMSBEE (pictured) talked to TFK about her inspirations for The House in Poplar Wood: “I’ve always been interested in how death is personified in folklore and myths.” She adds, “This story is about following your own path and depending on friends to help guide you through difficult times.”