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Author: William Alexander Narrator: William Alexander Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781442363045
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A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around—much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.

Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan—because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.

This accessible, atmospheric fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “It was hard to stop reading Goblin Secrets, and I didn’t want the book to end! The author’s imagination is both huge and original, taking us to a truly new place, rich with lively, vivid scenes, fascinating people, and marvelous inventions. He doesn’t explain things, yet everything is clear. And he tells his fast-paced story in language that’s a pleasure in itself—subtle, tricky, funny, beautiful. More, please, Will Alexander!”

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • “The mythic resonance in Alexander’s storytelling, coupled with his smart, graceful writing, make this novel feel both pleasantly old and thoroughly new.”


  • “Alexander has an intriguing central theme, in which masks and theater create actual magic…The result is a (sometimes gruesome) fantasy stuffed with interesting ideas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rownie’s search for his brother turns into an unlikely heroic quest…Though highly textured, it’s tightly woven and reassuringly seamless. The result is wryly humorous and bearably yet excitingly menacing: Even while much is left unexplained, Rownie’s triumph is both gripping and tantalizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The story weaves a many-webbed tale, rich in imagination with a fairy-tale feel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The appeal here lies in Alexander’s careful construction of a distinctive world: touches of Steampunk can be found in Graba’s geared-up legs and the Mayor’s automaton guards while a more ancient, primal magic seems to guide the goblins and their powerful brand of storytelling…The bittersweet ending remains true to the story’s overall dreamy, melancholic tone.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Children
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Children, March2012
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, December 2012

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About the Author

William Alexander won a National Book Award for Goblin Secrets. His short stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Interfictions 2, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2008. He tudied theater and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont.