where she fell

Watch your step.

Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house -- that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again, maybe even falling to the center of the earth. As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible. But when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried. 

And when the earth opens under her feet, there isn't even time to say I told you so.

As she scrambles through one cave, which leads to another, and another, Eliza finds herself in an impossible world -- where a small group of people survive underground, running from vicious creatures, eating giant bugs, and creating their own subterranean society. Eliza is grateful to be alive, but this isn't home. Is she willing to risk everything to get back to the surface?

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praise:

"Thrilling and propulsive, Eliza's story is as much a journey inward as it is underground. Survival and self-discovery take many forms in this wild adventure to the center of the earth, and you won't want to put this book down!" --Stephanie Kuehn, William C. Morris-Award Winning Author of Charm & Strange​

"Kaitlin Ward has created an enticing little pocket of not-quite-reality that's equal parts wondrous and gruesome--perfect for readers who like their down-the-rabbit-hole stories just a little less nonsensical and just a little more...carnivorous." --Lindsay Ribar, author of Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

"A fast-paced subterranean thriller with surprises around every dark corner. Heartfelt, terrifying and romantic. I loved every page." --Kim Liggett, Bram Stoker Award Winner of The Last Harvest

"A daring exploration of an underground world that would make Jules Verne applaud, and of the depths we must go to find courage and friendship." --Kevin Emerson, author of Any Second

"This empowering story of survival boasts a refreshingly realistic teen voice and lots of heart." --Booklist

"A novel as much about interpersonal relationships as it is about (literally) exploring new pathways in our relationship with the Earth, this survival adventure story is both exciting and emotionally mature." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This is a survival story that works on several levels -- physical survival and overcoming negative self-perception." --School Library Journal

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Content © Kaitlin Ward. Background photo © Denis Ward.