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The Door by the Staircase


A child-eating witch,
A girl in search of a home,
A boy who sees magic,
A town with a secret.

Coming in January 2016!

The Door By the Staircase

I'm Katherine Marsh. I write books about kids. Some are alive. Some are dead. Some lived hundreds of years ago. All of them find themselves in unusual situations and places. Some of them are unusual themselves.

If you've ever wondered about witches, ghosts, the lives of court dwarfs, the power of magic, the invincibility of death, and how (and how not) to care for a fire-breathing horse, then you'll probably enjoy my books. Warning: They may make you laugh. They will almost certainly make you cry.

My debut novel, The Night Tourist, won the Edgar® Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. It was published in translation in ten countries and there's even a sequel, The Twilight Prisoner.

My third book, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars was a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of 2012 and a Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2012, among other accolades.

My forthcoming novel, The Door by the Staircase, comes out in January 2016 from Disney Hyperion. It's a fairy tale adventure story for middle grade readers inspired by Russian folklore. Other influences include my love of cooking and magic acts, my cat Egg, and my family's onetime ownership of a small flock of chickens.

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