Greenwild: The World Behind the Door (Hardcover)
July/August 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Greenwild is pure magic. It grabs you and never lets go for an instant. The world-building is reminiscent of Harry Potter (in the best ways), but the plant magic wielded by the Botanists was refreshingly original and utterly captivating.”
— Kate Snyder, Plaid Elephant Books, Danville, KY
*An Instant New York Times Bestseller*
The Secret Garden meets A Wrinkle in Time in Greenwild: The World Behind the Door, the first book in the most extraordinary new fantasy series.
Open the door to a spellbinding world where the wilderness is alive and a deep magic rises from the earth itself . . .
Eleven-year-old Daisy Thistledown is on the run. Her mother has been keeping big, glittering secrets, and now she has vanished. Daisy knows it’s up to her to find Ma—but someone is hunting her across London. Someone determined to stop her from discovering the truth.
So when Daisy flees to safety through a mysterious hidden doorway, she can barely believe her eyes—she has stepped out of the city and into another world.
This is the Greenwild. Bursting with magic and full of amazing natural wonders, it seems too astonishing to be true. But not only is this land of green magic real, it holds the key to finding Daisy’s mother.
And someone wants to destroy it.
Daisy must band together with a botanical genius, a boy who can talk with animals, and a spunky cat to uncover the truth about who she really is. Only then can she channel the power that will change her whole world . . . and save the Greenwild itself.
About the Author
Pari Thomson is an editorial director for picture books at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Half Persian, half English, she has lived in many places, including India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Belgium. She studied at Oxford University and now lives in London, not far from Kew Gardens. Follow her at @PariThomson on Twitter.
A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Kids' Indie Next Pick
"Phenomenal . . . If you don’t believe in magic, you will after you’ve read Greenwild." — A.F. Steadman, bestselling author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief
"An enchanting middle-grade novel that will transport readers to a world as wild as it is wonderful." — Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Never After series
“Greenwild is a thrilling adventure that takes seed in your imagination and runs wild... a truly wonderful book that children will love." — M.G. Leonard, bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series
"The start of a dazzling series about a girl’s determination to find her mother, Thomson’s debut blooms with gorgeous wildlife descriptions that shape Greenwild’s world-building and its diverse inhabitants... aspiring young explorers will happily spend time in this emotionally gripping adventure." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"A superbly written, exciting debut that will leave fantasy lovers wanting more...With its clever worldbuilding, high-stakes plot, and well-developed characters, this first novel in the Greenwild series is a must-purchase." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Expertly wrought and worth planting on shelves." — Kirkus
"Plant magic and majestic botanicals add fresh twists to debut author Thomson’s series kickoff, a novel tinged with Frances Hodgson Burnett vibes." — Publishers Weekly
"This fabulous first entry in a series is brimming with marvels... a reassuring reminder of the endless amount of magic in the natural world." — Booklist
"Bursting with charm and imagination, Greenwild is a rare and wondrous treasure that had me spellbound from first page to last." — Catherine Doyle, author of Twin Crowns
"This charmingly detailed story is truly a garden of delights, full of danger and magic, mystery and friendship. Daisy's thrilling adventures will sweep you into a botanical world of delightful possibilities and sinister threats, while themes of environmental conservation and community cooperation will resonate with readers of all ages." — Jennifer Adam, author of The Last Windwitch
"I adored this wild and wondrous adventure . . . After delving into the lush, magical world of Greenwild, I never wanted to leave!" — Maria Kuzniar, author of Midnight in Everwood and The Ship of Shadows
"A spellbinding, enchanting read full of wildness and beauty." — Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear
"A wildly accomplished debut, woven through with a rare enchantment... I fell utterly in love with this sharply beautiful, contemporary adventure, of a courageous girl seeking to find her brilliant mother and uncovering a diverse heritage of wild magic." — Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
"A wonderfully whimsical story with a beautiful world - and lots of mystery and adventure - for readers to immerse themselves in. Pari Thomson is an exciting new author." — Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars
"Wildly thrilling and beautifully written, Greenwild is the most special type of adventure. An immensely accomplished debut, rooted with magic!" — Carlie Sorosiak, author of I, Cosmo
“A glorious, page-turning adventure filled with botanical magic, memorable characters, oodles of imagination and bags of heart. Thomson has created a gorgeous, utterly believable world as magical and magnificent as the Amazon rainforest itself. I adored this book!” — Aisling Fowler, author of the Fireborn series
“A wildly inventive adventure, bursting with beautiful detail and a satisfying plot as twisty as magical vines! Green-fingered and big-hearted, I loved it!” — Tamzin Merchant, author of The Hatmakers
“GREENWILD is a spellbindingly magical book full of adventure, hope, and lessons for us all to learn here in our world.” — L. D. Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
"A beautifully realised eco-fantasy that will open a door in readers' hearts." — Chris Riddell, author of the Ottoline series