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Author: J. A. White Narrator: Moira Quirk Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Thickety Series Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062346360
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The Thickety is no place to be alone.

The branches closed behind Kara and Taff when they rode Shadowdancer into the dark forest. But there is no returning to the village, and Sordyr chases close behind. The forest demon has a terrible plan—one that requires Kara's magic to succeed.

The dangers of the Thickety are many. Its plants are often deadly, strange animals whisper among the trees, and unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path. But more dangerous still are the other inhabitants of the Thickety: Sordyr and his snapping branchwolves; the shadowy residents of an abandoned village; and Imogen, a creature with an unspeakable hunger.

They would do anything she asked.

All she had to do was use her magic.

And then there's Mary Kettle, a strange witch seeking redemption from a horrifying past. She offers to lead them out of the Thickety while teaching Kara how to cast spells without a grimoire. The children are hesitant to trust her . . . but this could be their only chance to escape.

Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Whispering Trees is a thrilling sequel: a whirlwind of suspense and twists. J. A. White isn’t just a fantastic writer and storyteller—he spins myths that feel as old as the Thickety itself. A must-read series for every age.”

    Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

  • “Given the literal wild ride that ends The Thickety: A Path Begins, with nascent witch Kara Westfall and her brother escaping into the eponymous forest, it’s tempting to plunge into this sequel at full speed. But fans of the previous book will be rewarded by taking the time to savor the uncanny and blighted realm Kara and Taff must now cross…With a plot that coils like a tangle of brambles and an ending that, while more predicable, is no less twisty than that of its predecessor, this sequel will keep readers invested in Kara and Taff’s adventures in this dangerous and imaginative world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Crosses and double-crosses abound…The twisted plot is perfectly matched by the twisted atmosphere. White has hit his stride in this follow-up to A Path Begins, in many ways surpassing the series opener. He’s created a vivid, unsettling environment of rich magic and terrifying horrors: monsters composed of bones and teeth, tentacled creatures that feed on feelings, shadows that consume bodies, and more. Kara still seems much older than her twelve years, but that’s a minor complaint that doesn’t distract from the lush descriptions of a spine-tingling, captivating place.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The plot turns come fast and furious…The nail-biting suspense will keep readers turning the pages late into the night, and in Kara, readers will find a protagonist to root for…Readers who enjoyed the spine-chilling first installment will be eager to get their hands on this sequel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Continues the story of twelve-year-old Kara Westfall and her brother, Taff…The unexpected climax and ending guarantee another book to enjoy. Readers new to the series will catch up quickly thanks to White’s adept incorporation of back story. This title has all the ingredients—a doughty heroine and her admirable younger brother, an unreliable guide who can’t stay the same age for long, and a heavy ‘ick’ factor—to keep readers glued to it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

J. A. White is the author of the Thickety series. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three sons, and the ghost of their hamster Ophelia. When he’s not making up stories, he teaches a bunch of kids how to make up stories—along with math and science and other important stuff. He wishes dragons were real because it would be a much cooler way to get to work.

About the Narrator

Moira Quirk, a British actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, co-narrated Ben Bova’s Mercury and has narrated other popular audiobooks for which she received Audie Award nominations. She is a successful comedian and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s cartoon My Life as a Teenage Robot as well as in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, The Wild Thornberrys Feature, and Serendipity, among others. She has also lent her voice to several video games, including Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Haunting Ground.