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In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power to save her people.

The faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction, and their only hope for survival rests in fifteen-year-old Linden. Armed with the last of her people's magic, she travels bravely into the modern human world. Along the way she makes a reluctant ally—a human boy named Timothy.

Soon Linden and Timothy discover a danger much worse than the Oakenfolk's loss of magic: a ...

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Overview

In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power to save her people.

The faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction, and their only hope for survival rests in fifteen-year-old Linden. Armed with the last of her people's magic, she travels bravely into the modern human world. Along the way she makes a reluctant ally—a human boy named Timothy.

Soon Linden and Timothy discover a danger much worse than the Oakenfolk's loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens to enslave faeries and humans alike. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Tim and Linden must risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it's too late to save everyone they love.

R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where the key to the future is in an unexpected, forbidden friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anderson's second book to feature the faeries from the Oakenwyld pairs two characters that come from backgrounds that render them vulnerable in modern life: Linden, a faery girl from the Oak, and Timothy, the son of missionaries who has been sent from Uganda to England for schooling. After getting suspended for fighting, Timothy visits his cousin Paul and Paul's wife, Peri (both appeared in Spell Hunter; Peri was the faery, Knife). Timothy discovers that their property contains the gateway to Linden's world, which has been stripped of magic, and when Linden turns Timothy into a vehicle for her quest to restore her kingdom, the two find themselves adrift in London, the target of a ruthless enemy. Questions of faith and allegiance loom as large as physical dangers, and Anderson generally handles her material without preaching ("So you have to be able to see something to know it exists?" questions Linden when Timothy expresses doubt in God). In their own ways, Linden and Timothy are ordinary individuals facing challenges and expectations unique to their situations: readers will likely be swept up in the fantasy, yet believable characters offer verisimilitude. Ages 12–up. (July)
Romantic Times
“Anderson is a gifted writer with a sure touch for both characterization and plot, and Knife is an absolutely fantastic protagonist - fiercely independent and curious. This book is a page-turning romp.”
Aprilynne Pike
“Wayfarer is a charming tale of lore, faith, and magic.”
Sarah Prineas
“This is the best kind of fantasy: a book that makes fairies wonderfully real and maybe even living in our own backyards.”
Melissa Marr
PRAISE FOR SPELL HUNTER:“Anderson crafts lore–true characters in our modern world. I was overjoyed to find this gem.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Readers will be racing through the pages right along with Knife to discover the fate of her world and her love.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“R.J. Anderson creates a beautifully-written world combined with a thrilling, addicting read.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Readers will be racing through the pages right along with Knife to discover the fate of her world and her love.”
The Times London
“Pure pleasure.... A particularly charming, well-drawn romantic thriller. Highly recommended.”
The Times London
“Pure pleasure.... A particularly charming, well-drawn romantic thriller. Highly recommended.”
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
At fifteen, Linden is the youngest faery in her small community in the oak. As she lay dying, Queen Amaryllis tells Linden that it is up to her to get the magic back for the Oakenfolk. If Linden can find other faeries beyond the oak, she must convince them to let her people borrow some of their magic if her community is to survive. Unsure of how to even begin this quest, Linden eventually stows away with Timothy, the boy who has come to stay with the people who protect the oak. Once in London, she must convince him not only of the importance of her quest, but also of her very existence. Timothy, having a crisis of faith and unable to believe in God, is now faced with believing in the seemingly impossible—faeries. When they met Rob, another faery, he informs Linden that the Oakenfolk are forsaken because of their alignment with humans. The Empress, in charge of the rest of the faeries, will now surely hunt Timothy and Linden. He also informs them of another group of faeries who possess a special stone that can release them from the Empress's control. Linden and Timothy agree to help Rob find this stone, hoping it will save the Oakenfolk as well. As they race to Wales on their quest, they hope they can find the help they need before the Empress's henchmen find them. The quick-paced and action-filled story provides plenty of surprise twists and makes it difficult to be certain of allegiances. Very much a story about faith and beliefs, this dark fantasy is engaging, suspenseful, and thoughtful. A sequel to Spell Hunter, this title stands on its own. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
One day, Linden is summoned by the dying faery queen who tells her that she might be their only hope for survival. The faeries are dying, slowly. There are only a small number of faeries left in the sacred oak, and very little magic remains. While visiting a faery friend, Linden meets Timothy running away from the cottage next to their home. She knows that she might be able to find faeries in London, so she stows away inside his backpack. Little does she know that by concealing herself, she will endanger his life. While in London, their path crosses with a dark, evil faery looking to sap Timothy's musical talent. With no choice, Linden reveals herself and allows them both to escape; however, it's only a matter of time before they discover more about the evil faery realm. They have no choice but to return home and gather information before setting out once again to uncover a potential faery island and beg them for help. Linden's story takes place fifteen years following the conclusion of Spell Hunter (HarperCollins, 2009/VOYA October 2009). Her journey takes her to London and through the countryside of Wales, as well as imagined islands and sacred trees. The situation becomes darker, the danger more pronounced, and the risks greater than ever. R. J. Anderson creates a beautifully-written world combined with a thrilling, addicting read. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Linden is a teenager living in a magical Oak with her fellow faeries. Their aging queen is the only one left with any magic to protect them from dangerous predators. Linden was raised by Peri, a faery-turned-human, and has a unique knowledge of the human world, making her the Oakenfolk's only hope for survival when their queen dies. Now she must navigate the outside world to save the Oakenfolk. Ignorant of the existence of faeries and magic, 15-year-old Timothy is homesick for Uganda where he grew up with missionary parents. He is staying with his cousin Paul and his wife, Peri, at Oakenwyld, the site of the magical Oak, after being suspended from his London boarding school. When he receives a less-than-warm welcome, Timothy decides to run away—right into the clutches of some evil faeries bent on stealing his musical gift. Linden pops out of his backpack just in time to rescue him. Now Timothy and Linden are being hunted by the fierce faeries under the reign of the evil empress and their only hope is finding the reclusive Children of Rhys, strong and magical faeries fabled to hold the key to freeing not only Linden's Oakenfolk but all the enslaved faeries as well. This albeit complicated premise comes together almost seamlessly in Anderson's tale; an intricate faery world colliding with an ordinary boy's struggle makes for a cutthroat quest adventure. Awkwardly out of place Christian doctrine may distract some readers, but, all in all, this is an enjoyable story that will appeal to fantasy fans.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061554773
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R. J. Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, schooled in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. At the age of twelve she borrowed her parents' electric typewriter and began hammering out her first fantasy novel. Now married and a mother of three, Rebecca reads to her children the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and she tries to bring a similar sense of humor, adventure, and timeless wonder to her own work. She is also the author of Wayfarer, Arrow, and the teen psychological thriller Ultraviolet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Fantastic tween read

    Love this story- i hope she writes a sequel! This is good clean fun :)

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Seventh Grade Perspective

    A Book review of Wayfarer by R.J Anderson
    By Shehreen, Grade7, Yangon International School
    Many girls dream of being a princess or a fairy. No one considers about the conflicts
    they might face. Everything cannot be puffed away by pixie dust. When a quest reveals,
    the problem is too dangerous to ignore or eliminate, will she be able to succeed? Will
    she able to save her beloved ones before it¿s too late? R.J Anderson answers these
    questions in his novel Wayfarer. Anderson creates an extraordinary world of fantasy
    with a gripping tale of forbidden friendship, thrilling adventure and lost magic, in which
    the fate of an entire realm depends on one brave fairy. Anderson, author of Fairy
    Rebels: Spell Hunter wrote another best-selling novel Wayfarer.
    The queen is dying, which leaves the fairies in danger of extinction. Linden, a fifteen
    year old fairy, is their only hope. In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power
    to save her people. She is trusted with the remaining power to enter the human world
    and find fairies to help the Oak tree fairies survive. In the human world, Linden meets
    Timothy, a human boy. Together, they discover that the danger is much worse than the
    Oak fairies lost of magic, an evil fairy threatens to enslave fairies and humans. To
    prevent this, Timothy and Linden have must risk their lives to find an alleged ancient
    power. Will they find what they seek or risk their lives for nothing?
    Anderson creates a vivid world with suspense which leaves the reader clinging from
    one page to another. ¿Timothy shivered, stuffing his cold hands into his pockets, and
    began picking his way back through the garden toward the house. Yet even as he
    walked he felt his spine tingle, as through something- or- someone was watching him.¿ I
    like how she does an amazing job creating the characters, making them seem so real.
    Linden, for example, is young but filled with hope and faith. She is confident in who she
    is and what she believes. Her strong-willed personality helps not loose her trust on this
    adventure. Timothy, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Linden. He is not
    sure about himself and doesn¿t have a lot of faith, but the time he spends with Linden
    seems to change him. This story might be one about fairies but it¿s mostly set in the
    human world. Anderson worked hard to keep things as realistic as possible. I thought
    the climax was a little fast and ended quickly. I felt that she skipped some parts that
    might have been important to the story.
    I would recommend Wayfarer to mostly kids from 11 through 14 years old. It is a
    perfect book for them because, it has a bit of romance, adventure, mystery, and fantasy,
    that most kids their age enjoys reading. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a 4
    because the characters were so realistic, the setting was amazing, and Anderson wrote
    with great finesse that I couldn¿t put it away until I finished reading it.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    When I first starting reading this book, I didn't know that one of the main topics of the book was religious faith. Although it isn't in an IN YOUR FACE type of writing. Timothy didn't know what to believe anymore and Linden believed in the "Great Gardener" and most of the book had undertones of how Timothy felt lost and betrayed by his faith. I believe the book centered around believing in your religion, having faith in yourself and others, and doing the right thing, even if it is hard to do. Having said that, I have to say I'm not a very religious person, and even though this book has religion in it it was still pretty good. Throughout the whole book Timothy and Linden are on the run, searching for something that could save Linden's people ( a small group faeries that lives in the Oak) while trying to avoid being caught by the Emperess's people. Along the way discover friendship and (for Linden) maybe even love. Overall, it was a good book.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    I'm having a hard time putting into writing why I liked this one better than the first. I didn't get a real feel for the characters in the first one. There is some of the same ones in this one, but the main characters are different. I felt like I knew them better. It was faster paced, so I felt the story flowed better. It also changed locations, which maybe added that little bit of extra spark to the story. I liked all of the events that took place in London. It just exciting and I wasn't sure what would happen next. I'm probably one of the few who likes Linden better than Knife. She seemed more genuine. I was unsure of Timothy for awhile, but once I knew what was troubling him, his character made more sense. The faery lore that was included in this story was awesome. I'm not real familiar with these legends, so I feel like I'm learning things as well. The surprise twist towards the end wasn't so much of a surprise for me. Will be looking forward to the next book in this series.

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