In Other Lands

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Pub Date: 08/15/2017

Pages: 432

Publisher: Small Beer Press

Imprint: Big Mouth House

ISBN 13: 9781618731203

ISBN 10: 1618731203

Price: / $27.50 CAN$19.95

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In Other Lands

By Sarah Rees Brennan, Carolyn Nowak

Price: $19.95

About the Book

Georgia Peach Award Nominee
Florida Teens Read Award Nominee
ABC Best Books for Young Readers
Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Hugo & Locus award finalist

The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border — unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and — best of all as far as Elliot is concerned — mermaids.

"What’s your name?"
"Serena?" Elliot asked.
"Serene," said Serene. "My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle."
Elliot’s mouth fell open. "That is badass."

Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.

In Other Lands is the exhilarating new book from beloved and bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan. It’s a novel about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools, about friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world — even if it means giving up your phone.

About the Book

Elliot doesn’t want to fight, keeps saying the wrong thing, and is definitely the grouchiest human in fantasyland.


Sarah Rees Brennan: Sarah Rees Brennan was born and lives in Ireland. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Tell the Wind and Fire, In Other Lands, and Season of the Witch (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), among others.

Carolyn Nowak graduated from the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. She writes and illustrates comics and her illustration clients include the Sierra Club of Michiga,, the Ann Arbor District Library, WomanSafeHealth, BOOM! Studios, Cartoon Network, and more. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.