Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 320 p. Fairy Tale Retelling. Intended for a juvenile audience. Intended for a young adult/teenage audience.
From the Publisher
As a child, Gretchen''s twin sister was taken by a witch in the
woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the
long branches of the witch''s forest threatening to make them
Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out,
they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They''re
invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who
molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery,
Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their
haunted past -- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel.
He tells her the witch isn''t gone -- it''s lurking in the forest,
preying on girls every year after Live Oak''s infamous chocolate
festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is
determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further
she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it
chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster
Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it
will never go away hungry.