The Clearing

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About the author:
Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and their daughter.

After graduating from the University of Alabama with a double major in advertising and Spanish, Anne wrote several complete manuscripts, none of which will ever see the light of day. On August 1, 2008, she began writing the story that would become The Clearing.

Other than writing, Anne enjoys reading, painting, watching interior design shows, and drinking as much coffee as possible.

The Clearing

Authored by Anne Riley

I don't know what I expected him to do. A magic trick, maybe? A back flip? If I was honest, I didn't think it would be that impressive, whatever it was. Maybe I was hoping he would pull out some kind of document that explained how my parents had really died. Maybe I was hoping he would summon their spirits and I could talk to them. Regardless of whatever guesses I might have made, I would never, ever have expected him to do what he did in the moments that followed. One second, I was looking right at him. The next second, Liam Abernathy vanished on the spot. And two seconds after that, he flickered back.


Natalie Watson doesn't believe the reports about the way her parents died. In fact, she's not sure she believes in much of anything these days. But after moving from her home in Georgia to her aunt's boarding school in Maine, solving the mystery of her parents' deaths is just one of several things on her mind. When she's not fending off attacks from the popular kids or taking refuge in the pages of a novel, she ponders the rumors circulating about a certain boy in her math class... a boy with fiery red hair who never speaks to anyone.

Despite suspicions that he may have murdered his sister a year earlier, Natalie finds it impossible to stay away from Liam Abernathy - especially when he confesses to knowing something about her parents. Soon she's following him into the forest, where things happen she doesn't understand... things that shouldn't be possible....

As Liam's story unfolds, Natalie realizes she's more connected to him than she ever thought - and not everyone she counts as a friend can be trusted.

Publication Date:
1456566350 / 9781456566357
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Science Fiction / General

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