Book of the Day: The Sisters of Straygarden Place

Friday, February 12, 2021
All Day


Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters’ parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place, a house surrounded by tall silver grass and floating trees, with a warning: “Do not leave the house. Do not go into the grass. Wait for us. Sleep darkly.” the house has taken care of Winnow, Mayhap and Pavonine–even feeding them, clothing them, even keeping them company–while they have waited and grown up and played a guessing game: “think of an anima, think of a place, think of a person, think of a face.” But when the eldest, fourteen-year-old Winnow, does the unthinkable and goes into the grass, everything twelve-year-old Mayhap thought she knew about her home, her family, and ever herself starts to unravel.  With luscious, vivid prose, poet and author Hayley Chewins transports readers to a house where beloved dogs crawl into their owners’ minds to sleep, sick girls turn silver, and anything can be stolen–even laughter and silence.