Jacqueline West



Jacqueline West is passionate about stories where magic intersects with everyday life, from talking cats to enchanted eyewear to paintings as portals to other worlds. A former teacher, occasional musician and two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline lives with her husband in Red Wing, Minn. She dreams of dusty libraries, secret passageways and more adventures for her characters in The Books of Elsewhere series.


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The Strangers: The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 4

It’s Halloween. But not for Morton, who’s trapped in Elsewhere. Good thing Olive has a plan. Swallowing her dread of the McMartins, she sneaks Morton out and takes everyone trick-or-treating. But when they’re followed by a creature who is not all he seems, they are in for a surprise—something, or someone, is living in Mrs. Nivens’s abandoned house. Yes, strangers have come to Linden Street. And though they claim to be her allies, Olive has a bad feeling. She returns home late Halloween night to discover something worse: her parents are gone.

Desperate to get them back, Olive strikes an unbalanced bargain with Annabelle McMartin and loses something incredibly valuable in the process—something that could mean doom for the house, and for Elsewhere itself. Turning to her uncertain allies, Olive attempts to sever the McMartins’ power at its root, unleashing a flood of darkness and terror that could overwhelm not only her, but the house and everyone in it. To mend her mistakes, Olive must determine who to trust. Will she put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and the home she loves?


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