This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable
heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her
father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when
Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose
unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society.
Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary
characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she
meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a
town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the
inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by
the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who
Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the
strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring
escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to
confront her deepest fears.
Praise for The Peculiars
"McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk
elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy,
light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong
as its heroine, this one is a page-turner."
--Booklist, starred review
The Peculiars combines a teenage girl's search for her
identity with a setting that merges the genres of fantasy, gothic
and steampunk. A light romance, a bit of adventure and the author's
inclusion of historical notes complete this delightful
"Readers graduating from the stories of C.S. Lewis and Edward
Eager will be right at homeand cat lovers will adore Jimson's
employer's pet, Mrs. Mumbles."
"A creative, entertaining, and wholly original fantasy."
--The Horn Book
"Richly atmospheric read."
YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults