Twelve year old Mellie has enough trouble navigating the foster care system and dodging bullies (kids and adults alike). But when a dare sends her through an empty door frame in a vacant lot, she discovers a whole new world of problems: now she's stranded in Otherland, home to the world's myths and legends, who insist she's made up as well. If she can't find a way to prove she's real, she'll be trapped in Otherland forever. And in Otherland, people only last as long as their stories—once Reality forgets her, she'll disappear entirely.
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Mellie enlists the help of a notorious outlaw and a talking fox in her race to find a way home before time runs out. But first, they'll have to talk their way out of jail, complete a fairy's treasure hunt, fulfil an oracle's prophecy, and confront Mellie's nemesis: Santa Claus. In learning what it means to be real, Mellie has a chance to write her own story, and change both worlds in the process.
Meet the Characters
After bouncing through a string of foster families, Mellie Morton has reached the last stop: a group home, where the chores and criticism are as plentiful as the bullies. And thanks to a bully's dare, she gets trapped in a magic land where everyone insists she's just a story.
She'll need all her skills, including the mistakes she's tried to leave behind,
if she's going to find her way back.