Journey Across the Hidden Islands (Paperback)

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A ritual journey takes on urgent significance as two princesses and their winged-lion companion travel across their island kingdom to confront a dragon in this action-filled, funny, and heartwarming middle grade fantasy from the author of The Girl Who Could Not Dream. Now in paperback!

“An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Engrossing.” —School Library Journal

“This adventure has surprise after surprise.” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times best-selling author

The traditional Emperor’s Journey should be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji Lin—twin sisters—travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands are threatened as old rituals fail. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults. Winner of the Mythopoeic Award and an ALA Alex Award and thrice nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, she lives in New York. Visit her online at and on Twitter @sarahbethdurst.

Praise For…

"The solidarity the sisters find in each other and the consistent way they choose to put the other before themselves is a refreshing feature of the story. Fans of fantasy adventures starring stalwart teams of loyal siblings will appreciate this, too."

"An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters."

Praise for Sarah Beth Durst’s The Girl Who Could Not Dream

“A fun, fast read with broad appeal.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review 

“Funny, warm, and highly imaginative.”—Kirkus, Starred Review

“A perfect combination of adventure, humor, and pure imagination, seasoned with a dash of creepiness!”—Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series

“Funny, scary, and endlessly inventive.”—Bruce Coville, author of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Product Details
ISBN: 9781328941657
ISBN-10: 1328941655
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English