The first book in a magical chapter-book adventure series by the Governor General Award-winning author of Sweep.
Auggie Pound is eight years old and has the greatest job of all time: he cares for all the animals in the Fabled Stables. The Fabled Stables house the rarest creatures in existence -- all of them one-of-a-kind. Auggie's job is to care for these creatures, as well as track down and safely capture endangered magical beasts in the wild. Some mornings, he arrives to find an empty stall with the name of a new creature to rescue. One day, the Stables rearrange themselves out of the blue, creating a new stall. The sign over the gate says, "Wisp." But what is a wisp and where is it? All Auggie can see is a moonlit swamp stretching out before him. Then a hungry HOWLLLLLLL rings out in the darkness. It's up to Auggie to go into the swamp to find the wisp before it's too late.
JONATHAN AUXIER teaches creative writing and children's literature. He is the author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which was a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Honour Book and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Diamond Willow Award. His most recent novel, Sweep, was similarly critically acclaimed and is the winner of several awards, including the 2018 Governor General's Award. Auxier grew up near Vancouver and now lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
OLGA DEMIDOVA was born and raised in Russia. She studied at the Moscow Art Institute of Applied Arts. Olga started work as an animator, but her tremendous passion for illustration changed the direction she works in. Now she works with publishers from all over the world and has published books and apps in Russia, Belarus and the USA, mostly for children.
One of the Ontario Library Association's 2020 Best Bets selection, Junior Fiction category
“Whimsical fantasy with the right amount of speed and cleverness for the audience.” --STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
“Auxier’s gleeful and imaginative writing will charm.” --Booklist
“Fans of The Princess in Black and Mercy Watson will be won over by this magical new series.” --100 Scope Notes