WILLIAM ALEXANDER reading levels

GOBLIN SECRETS  is William Alexander's first novel.   This book is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 YALSA award.

bookcover of GOBLIN SECRETS  by William Alexander

**Starred Review** Kirkus
**National Book Award**

In the town of Zombay, lives a witch named Graba.  She has clockwork chicken legs and can transport her house wherever she wants.  Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.

Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan—because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.

Word Count: 44,957
Page Count:  256
Accelerated Reading level:  4.9 / points: 7.0
AR quiz: 150923
Lexile: 710L
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bookcover of GHOULISH SONG by William Alexander

Kaile lives in Zombay, an astonishing city where goblins walk the streets and witches work their charms and curses. Kaile wants to be a musician and is delighted when a goblin gives her a flute carved out of bone. But the flute’s single, mournful song has a dangerous consequence: It separates Kaile and her shadow. Anyone without a shadow is considered dead, and despite Kaile’s protests that she’s alive and breathing, her family forces her to leave so she can’t haunt their home.

Kaile and her shadow soon learn that the troublesome flute is tied to a terrifying ghoul made from the bones of those who drowned in the Zombay River. With the ghoul chasing her and the river threatening to flood, Kaile has an important role to play in keeping Zombay safe. Will Kaile and her shadow be able to learn the right tune in time?
  • Page Count:  176 pages