Local children’s book author, Jaimie Engle, recently captivated children across the nation with a whimsical tale laden with mermaids and dragons, but her latest YA story has a Nordic chill that not only engrosses young readers, but also stretches the fantasy genre to incorporate Viking lore and vicious ferines.
Engle’s second novel Dreadlands: Wolf Moon was released on April 22 and quickly racked up raving reviews. Dreadlands: Wolf Moon, tells a haunting Nordic tale about a boy named Arud who fervently fights to overcome a century-old prophecy that is deeply rooted in his own family’s shadowy legacy. Shape-shifting wolves that are ruled by the moon cycle stalk each chapter of this coming-of-age novel that is sure to turn middle grade children into ferocious readers.
Kirkus Reviews said: “Dreadlands weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifting (wolves), and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic.”
Engle’s previous work, her middle grade novel, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light introduced children to a fantasy world that they quickly fell in love with. The book went on to win a Brag Medallion in 2015 and along the way, garnered media attention for its strong anti-bullying message, which resonates with childre.
In addition to appearing at local events as part of the launch of Dreadlands: Wolf Moon, Engle is finalizing edits on her third novel, a bittersweet coming-of-age tale called Metal Mouth that is perfectly executed and rife with witty realism that YA readers will undoubtedly connect with and likely read over and over again.
Jaimie Engle is a children’s book author, speaker and writing coach from Melbourne, Florida. Her past works have won a Brag Medallion and an honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of the Future contest. In addition to speaking at schools and writing conferences across the country, Engle shares her anti-bullying message with children across Florida. Through her fantasy tales, Engle broaches challenging topics that impact children every day and shows them that words can empower them in any situations they encounter.