The Counterclockwise Heart

by Brian Farrey

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“Entertaining, fast-paced and thoughtful.”

—The New York Times Book Review

In this thrilling fantasy novel from an award-winning author, a prince and a mage must untangle the riddles from their shared past to save the future of the empire--or risk seeing...
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Published By Algonquin Young Readers

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 352

Publication Date 02/01/2022

ISBN 9781616205065

Dimensions 6 inches x 8.62 inches

*Winner of the Minnesota Book Award*

"Farrey conjures a world bristling with spells and secrets. Readers will revel in this gripping, fable-like adventure." 
--Stefan Bachmann, author of Cinders Sparrows

"Filled with friendship and magic, mysteries and betrayal, and a race against a ticking clock, this is top-notch fantasy with a heart. I loved it!"  
--Adam Perry, author of The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books

The Counterclockwise Heart encourages readers to be true to themselves, and to consider the source when confronted with opinions that contradict their own experience. … [an] entertaining, fast-paced and thoughtful novel … wise.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“A fascinating fairy tale.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Books to look forward to in 2022”

“Full of drama, twists and turns, and poignant points of view, the novel's storylines converge into an unforgettable ending that will leave readers thinking about the pesky element of time and the role it plays in their lives.”

“A pleasing mix of fantasy and mystery with compassion at its (ticking) heart.”
—The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“Epic…This is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Unique…a tale of magic, lies, and sacrifice make a standout read for the middle-grade genre.”
—YA Books Central