THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN published April 7, 2020


First Frost has touched Cape Fen, and that means Baron Dire has returned. For as long as anyone can remember, Baron Dire has haunted the town come winter, striking magical bargains and demanding unjust payment in return. The Serling sisters know better than to bargain, lest they find themselves hunted by the Baron’s companion, the Wolf.

Then the Wolf attacks Eliza’s sister Winnie. They manage to escape, but they know the Wolf will be back, because the Wolf only attacks those who owe the Baron Dire. Winnie would never bargain, so that must mean that someone has struck a deal with Winnie as the price.

Eliza embarks on a journey to save her sister, but as she untangles the links between Baron Dire, the Wolf, and her family, she discovers a complicated web of bargains that cross all of Cape Fen. If Eliza can learn the truth, she might be able to protect her sister, but the truth behind the bargain could put her own life in danger.

A beautiful and magical middle-grade debut about sisterhood, sacrifice, and what happens when the dreams we hide within ourselves come to light.


Praise for The Wolf of Cape Fen

“A stunning seaside fairy tale that will absorb readers until the very end.” - Emily Graham, Booklist  

“Intriguing mystery… Laced with dreams, this perplexing fantasy rewards persistent readers.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Eliza’s story weaves its magic around you, as wild and wondrous as the dreams at the book’s heart. Cape Fen and its inhabitants will haunt you long after the book is closed!” – Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelon Grow and Beginner’s Welcome

“An atmospheric, mysterious tale of magic, community, and the true meaning of family, The Wolf of Cape Fen is a gorgeous debut that will hook its readers from the first page.” – Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter

“Juliana Brandt’s The Wolf Of Cape Fen is an enthralling, atmospheric tale of two sisters, their hopes and dreams, and their unwavering love amid threats of mysterious bargains and treacherous magic. It is a remarkable debut filled with haunting details and unravelling secrets that are sure to captivate readers till the very end.” — Gail D. Villanueva, author of My Fate According to the Butterfly

“A hauntingly gorgeous fable full of lofty dreams, terrible bargains, and accepting who you are. Cape Fen’s secrets and magic had me enthralled from the start, and the conclusion to this dark and wondrous tale will stick with me forever.”  - Sean Easley, author of The Hotel Between series



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See below for links to some of my very favorite books (in no particular order)!


The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern
The Rook- Daniel O’Malley
The Fifth Season- NK Jemison
Stardust- Neil Gaiman
Vicious- VE Schwab
The Fifth Season- NK Jemisin
The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss
The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbrath
Fire in the Hole- Elmore Leonard
The Art of Fielding- Chad Harbach
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo- Taylor Jenkins Reid
A Madness of Angels- Kate Griffin
Hollywood Homicide- Kellye Garrett

Young Adult

The Queen’s Thief- Megan Whalen Turner
The Lumatere Chronicles- Melina Marchetta
Harry Potter-JK Rowling
Fire- Kristin Cashore
The Winner’s Trilogy- Marie Rutkoski
White Cat- Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown- Holly Black
The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey
The Lost Sun- Tessa Gratton
The Near Witch- Victoria Schwab
Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
The Paper Magician- Charlie N. Holmberg
Trickster’s Queen- Tamora Pierce
The Only Alien on the Planet- Kristin Randle
The Sea of Tranquility- Katja Millay
The Sky is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson
One Mississippi- Mark Childress
Hate List- Jennifer Brown
Two Boys Kissing- David Levithan
Every Heart a Doorway- Seanan McGuire
Speak Easy, Speak Love- McKelle George
A Very Large Expanse of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

Middle Grade

Howl’s Moving Castle- Diana Wynne Jones (or anything by DWJ, for that matter)
The Evil Wizard Smallbone- Delia Sherman
Cuckoo Song- Frances Hardinge (or absolutely anything by Frances!)
The Hollow Kingdom- Clare B. Dunkle
Alanna: The First Adventure- Tamora Pierce
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon; and Starry River of the Sky- Grace Lin
The Girl Who Drank the Moon- Kelly Barnhill
Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi
The Jumbies- Tracey Baptiste
Savvy- Ingrid Law
The Peculiar- Stefen Bachmann
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
The Real Boy- Anne Ursu
Tuesdays at the Castle- Jessica Day George
Princess Academy- Shannon Hale
The Map to Everywhere- Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
The False Prince- Jennifer A. Nielsen
Shadows of Sherwood- Kekla Magoon
The Screaming Staircase- Jonathan Stroud
The Boy at the End of the World- Greg Van Eekhout
Walk Two Moons- Sharon Creech
Okay for Now- Gary D. Schmidt
Hoodoo- Ronald L. Smith
Watership Down- Richard Adams
The Book Thief- Mark Zusak
Greenglass House- Kate Milford
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter- Diane Magras
The Witch Boy- Molly Ostertag
Boy Bites Bug- Rebecca Petruck
See You In The Cosmos- Jack Cheng
The Memory of Forgotten Things- Kat Zhang
Dactyl Hill Squad- Daniel Jose Olde
How I Became a Ghost- Tim Tingle
The Book of Wonders- Jasmine Richards
Ghost- Jason Reynolds

Writing Craft Books

Story Engineering- Larry Brooks
The Writer’s Portable Mentor- Priscilla Long
Story Genius- Lisa Cron
Scene & Structure- Jack M. Bickham, Jack Heffron
Take Off Your Pants! Outlining Your Book for Better, Faster writing- Libbie Hawker




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