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Giovanni "Van" Markson is a collector; he is always noticing forgotten things like toy soldiers and marbles. One day he notices a girl with mossy penny eyes and a silver squirrel diving for pennies in a fountain, and he is thrown into the secret underground world of the Collectors. Van learns that wishes really can come true, but even the smallest wish can be dangerous; which is why the Collectors are always keeping watch. This book is a heart-thumping fantasy-filled adventure story that I couldn't put down; I can't wait for the sequel!

— From What Ali Is Reading


2019 Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book

“Original, brave, and addictive.”—Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book The Inquisitor’s Tale

Fast-paced, witty, and riveting, this contemporary fantasy adventure has magic woven through every page. The Collectors begins an enchanting two-book series from Jacqueline West, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere series. For fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak, The Isle of the Lost, and The Secret Keepers. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Van has always been an outsider. He’s hard of hearing, collects trinkets, and lives with his single mother—an opera singer with a huge personality. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground society full of wishes and the people who collect them. Not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences, and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes—and they may not be the good guys, after all. 

 Jacqueline West spins a story about friendship, magic, and the gray area between good and evil. The Collectors is for fans of Cassie Beasley’s Circus Mirandus and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener. Booklist calls it, “A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for.”

About the Author

The Collectors and two novels for teenagers. Her short fiction and poetry appear in a variety of publications. She is also a classically trained singer and an actress, and she still performs with local theatre troupes. She lives with her family in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Praise For…

“Original, brave, and addictive. West has created creatures cuddly and terrifying and hilarious, and a protagonist you will love. This is a world you’re going to want to return to long after the book is done.”
— Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of the Newbery Honor book The Inquisitor’s Tale 

“The Collectors has the whole package -- a brilliant premise, a compelling hero, and a crackling sense of humor. It’s everything a young reader could wish for!”
— Jonathan Auxier, New York Times–Bestselling author of The Night Gardener 

“Magic and mystery lurk behind every shadow in this inventive, engrossing, and wonderfully strange adventure. In The Collectors, Jacqueline West gives readers a book to adore.”
— Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy

The Collectors is made out of dangerous and delightful magic.”

— William Alexander, award-winning author of A Properly Unhaunted Place

“West captures Van’s curiosity and wonder for life, giving his personality an air of innocence…A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for.”
— ALA Booklist

“West has constructed a fast-paced and engrossing tale of a boy wrestling with the consequences of power and responsibility… Readers may not wish to leave this magical world”
Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle, triumphant reminder that being different doesn’t correspond to weakness. First in a planned duology, West’s magical adventure offers humor and warmhearted adventure.”
Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062691699
ISBN-10: 0062691694
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English