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Eden's Everdark by Karen Strong is a Southern gothic middle grade story filled with the spirits of Eden's ancestors who are held captive by the Witch of Everdark. But let's start at the beginning: Eden is grieving as her mother unexpectedly passed. As she's never been to the small southern island where her mother's family still live, her father and Eden plan a visit. While there she accidentally follows a black cat into an alternative universe ruled by the Witch of Everdark, a place she realizes her mother also visited. Will Eden escape the Witch's clutches? This beautiful book covers heavy subjects like grief and the legacy of enslaving people with subtle sophistication.

— Rachel Watkins


Hailed by Newbery winner Kelly Barnhill as “stunning, moving, and marvelously strange,” this tale of a young girl who stumbles into a magical realm ruled by a wicked witch is a haunting and ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about grief, family, and decades-old magic.

Still grieving the loss of her mother, Eden visits Safina Island, her ancestral home, as a healing balm. But when she discovers an old sketchbook that belonged to her mother, she’s haunted by the images she sees drawn there. A creepy mansion covered with roots and leaves. A monstrous dog with dagger-sharp teeth. And a tall woman with wind-blown hair and long, sharp nails who is as beautiful as she is terrifying.

Days later, exploring the island alone, Eden follows a black cat through a rift in the bright day. She stumbles into Everdark, a parallel world where the sun never rises, where spirits linger between death and the afterlife, and where everything from her mother’s drawings is all too real—especially the Witch of Everdark, who wants to make Eden her eternal daughter.

Can Eden find a way to defeat the witch’s magic? Or will she remain trapped in Everdark forever?

About the Author

Born and raised in the rural South, Karen Strong spent most of her childhood wandering the woods, meadows, and gardens on her grandmother’s land. She developed a deep adoration of books from her weekly visits to the public library. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she is an advocate of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). An avid lover of strong coffee, yellow flowers, and night skies, Karen currently lives in Atlanta. You can find her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781665904476
ISBN-10: 166590447X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English