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”A gripping tale that is wholly original.”
-Booklist, starred review
SHADOW WEAVER by MarcyKate Connolly

Release Date: 1/2/2018
ISBN: 978-1492649953
Hardcover, ebook
Upper Middle Grade Fantasy

The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

The first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology, MarcyKate Connolly weaves a tale filled with shadows, danger, and magic that has the feel of a new classic.





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Would you like a signed copy of Shadow Weaver? Now you can order them through the Porter Square Books here. Simply put "signed copy" and the name to make it out to in the order comments and I'll sign your book before it's shipped to you!

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Praise for Shadow Weaver

"Emmeline’s evocative first-person narrative grabs readers and pulls them into the story. Connolly crafts strong, well developed characters and a realistic setting in which readers will have no trouble getting lost. Her use of language and suspense is captivating, resulting in a gripping tale that is wholly original. Dark, yet dazzling, this first installment in a planned duology is sure to be popular. A perfect choice for fans of Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon (2016)."

Booklist, starred review

“The theme of friendship is handled deftly here… A gripping finale reveals the truth about the ‘cure’ for magic, and readers will eagerly anticipate learning more in a promised sequel.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Connolly’s narrative is full of meaningful moral lessons—on the limits of loyalty, the importance of honesty, and the absolute necessity of trusting others… an enchanting new juvenile fantasy series.

Foreword Reviews

"The interplay of light and dark and the moral ambiguity threaded through Connolly's worldbuilding are everything readers have come to expect from the author of Monstrous (2015)... Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak (2015) will find much the same chills and sequel-primed mystery here."


"This book contains plenty of action and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages. It is quick to read and contains enough unsolved mysteries to make the reader look forward to the next title in the series."

School Library Connection

“Connolly’s descriptions of magic, especially of Emmeline’s shadow-play, are vivid and invigorating.”

School Library Journal

Shadow Weaver is a spooky thriller filled with danger and magic… a fresh take on magic and friendship not to be missed.”

Shelf Awareness, starred review

For Educators

A Discussion Guide for Shadow Weaver is now available!

Also, I love chatting with students and offer free 20-30 minute Skype visits. Learn more about School & Library Visits or request a Skype visit via my contact form.