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The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places
The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places
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The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places

Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places — the frightening realm where Nightmares resides. There she must break the spell and stop the witches from turning our world into a living nightmare.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
SubjectFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count384
Paper Over Board



Kirkus Reviews

"STARRED REVIEW! Throughout the relentlessly paced, endlessly twisting plot, remarkable Nell emerges a "fearless traveler" in her own right. . . .A wildly imaginative, richly textured, and complex fantasy." - Kirkus Reviews

January 1, 2017

ForeWord Reviews - Rebecca Foster

"...a triumph of world building that combines familiar fantasy elements in surprising ways. . . .[Begler] successfully balances the cozy anthropomorphism of a Narnia-type land with the borderline horror of Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. The vividness of this imaginary world would undoubtedly lend itself well to a big-screen adaptation." - ForeWord Reviews

January 17, 2017


School Library Connection - Emily Skrezec, East Brook & West Brook Middle Schools, Paramu, NJ

"Readers won’t be able to put down this tale of self-confidence, finding strength when scared, and overcoming your own limitations. A fast-paced, vivid, and detailed read that evokes the aesthetics of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman, this story will have readers wanting more. A perfect addition to any fantasy lover’s collection." - School Library Connection

November 1, 2017

New Moon Girls, "Lacey Recommends" - Lacey Louwagie

"If you enjoy books about traveling to other worlds, you might want to also check out The Fearless Traveler’s Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler, where 12-year-old Nell must venture into the world of Nightmares to save her mother, who has been turned into a bird by witches. And while she’s there, she has to find a way to stop the witches from turning the whole world into a living nightmare." - New Moon Girls, "Lacey Recommends"

July 1, 2017


Booklist - Becca Worthington

"STARRED REVIEW! This magical book is as dark as a Tim Burton film...but there is great power (and some successful humor) in creating a world so entirely original. . . . this is a gripping, surreal, and utterly delightful adventure that pairs the unsettling, off-kilter wonkiness of Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl with the zinging imagination of L. Frank Baum." - Booklist

January 1, 2017


Indiana Library Federation & the Association of Indiana School Library Educators

2019-2020 Young Hoosier Book Award Longlist

February 1, 2018

Pete Begler

Pete Begler

Pete Begler lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. He writes for movies and television, including the Hulu drama Chance.

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