The Empress of Otherworld
By Corey Michael Dalton and Bryland Sutton
When recently orphaned Hap awakens on his 11th birthday to find that his 104-year-old Great Aunt Benny has forgotten all about his special day, he is hurt. Hurt and angry. So, he decides to explore the one part of her gigantic, rickety, old house that is off limits to him—the Colonel’s Study. In that attic room he sets off a trapdoor that drops him into Otherworld, a fantastic realm made up of countries including Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland. In this strange new world Hap must join forces with three super-powered kids—Dorothy Gale, Peter Pan, and Alice Liddell—to overthrow Prospera, the ruthless Empress of Otherworld. As Hap and his new friends fight their way through spider-vultures, trollsons, and the shadowy assassin Peter Panic, he discovers a possible (but dangerous) way home as well as clues to unlocking his very own super-power.
About the Authors
From the combined imaginations of Corey Michael Dalton (Mythic Indy) and Bryland Sutton (contributor to Spider, Humpty Dumpty, and Stories for Children), this magic-filled adventure is sure to leave readers of all ages breathless and begging for more.
“… clever, whimsical, and confident, featuring delightfully off-kilter characters in smartly silly situations.” —New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters
“It’s like The Avengers but with heroes from classic kids’ stories. I love it!” —Heather Kauffman-Peters, former editor of Jack and Jill
“Filled with marvels and invention, I was swept away from page one.” —Jennifer Bingham, editor for Wiley Publishing
“I can’t wait for book two. More wereworms, please!” —Jesika St Clair, senior editor of The Saturday Evening Post
Corey Michael Dalton has had his writing published in various journals and magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Punchnel's, Axolotl, and So It Goes. He also edited and contributed to Mythic Indy, a collection of fantastical short stories about his hometown of Indianapolis. He holds a B.A. in English writing from DePauw University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Butler University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a book editor, a magazine editor, the prose editor for a literary journal, a medical writer, and a blogger—but not, alas, a logger.
Bryland Sutton grew up in rural Indiana and spent his childhood reading, writing, chasing imaginary creatures, and riding his bicycle on gravel roads. He was good in school, but once got caught trying to pry up the floor tiles after convincing his friends that there was a secret tunnel to an elf town below their classroom. He loves writing poems and stories for kids and has had work published in magazines including Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Stories for Children, Spaceports & Spidersilk, and Silver Blade.
Art Credit: Cover illustrations by Amory Abbott.
Cover Design Credit: Cover design by Amy McAdams.