This is book number 7 in the Wayward Children series.
Winner: 2023 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2022 Hugo Award for Best Series
In Where the Drowned Girls Go, the next addition to Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, students at an anti-magical school rebel against the oppressive faculty
"Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company."
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn't as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her "Home for Wayward Children," she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...
"[Where the Drowned Girls Go] highlights the horror of a world that requires you to deny what you know to be true because it doesn’t quite fit, and it is a fantastic and tension-filled addition to the Wayward Children series." —Booklist
“Outstanding… Throughout Cora’s harrowing adventures, McGuire’s sense of whimsy never falters… The result will captivate both longtime Wayward Children fans and new readers.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The message of owning one's truth instead of losing one's individuality will resonate. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
Praise for the Wayward Children series
“A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics.” —NPR, on Every Heart a Doorway
“Anyone who appreciates off-the-beaten-path adventures will be swept away.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Across the Green Grass Fields
“One of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read.” —V. E. Schwab, on Every Heart a Doorway
“Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain.” —Charlaine Harris, on Every Heart a Doorway
“This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting.” —Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing, on Every Heart a Doorway
“So mindblowingly good, it hurts.” —io9, on Every Heart a Doorway
“A gorgeous standalone. The prose is emotional and moving and will speak to the hearts and minds of readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Across the Green Grass Fields
“A great read for middle and high schoolers who enjoy themes of friendship and family, and a magical world of unicorns and centaurs.” —School Library Journal, on Across the Green Grass Fields