Mary Victoria Johnson (planetofsound on QT) has signed with agent Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Twelve-year-old Nairi has grown up in a forest full of monsters. But when her father disappears while hunting, Nairi is left to fend for herself—and her best friend, Dana. With winter rapidly approaching, her only hope for safety is Iore, a walled city protected from the dangers of the forest.
However, nothing about Iore is ordinary. Streets change position, mysterious children run through statues, and people wind up their hearts with special keys. Worst of all, there's the Clicking Man, who is determined to destroy anyone who dares to cross the wall.
Nairi is willing to do anything to barter her way into the city. Even steal the heart-keys of three hundred citizens. But as she uncovers the secrets of Iore, finding unexpected friends along the way, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than cutthroat survival. Maybe, if she can outwit the Clicking Man—and the city itself—she can finally find a place to belong.
THE FOREST OF BEATING HEARTS is a standalone middle grade fantasy. It is complete at 51,000 words and aimed at readers who enjoyed the adventure and sisterhood of PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW, and the dark, magical worlds of MONSTROUS and GOLDELINE. I'm a studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Victoria in Canada, and recently, I had the privilege of working on this manuscript with Heather Kassner as part of #AuthorMentorMatch.
Thank you for your time and consideration!