Twelve-year-old September is determined to choose an adventurous name for herself from the Name Bank – not like all her friends, who are named after flowers or trees. Soon she discovers she has no choice, unless she can win an ancient and mysterious board game. And every roll of the dice leads her further into danger.
The Name at the End of the Ladder is a fantasy adventure for younger readers by award-winning New Zealand poet Elena de Roo. This junior fiction novel about the power of language and friendship is ideal for fans of Jumanji, Zathura and The Phantom Tollbooth. For more about the author and her books, please visit www.elenaderoo.com
Elena de Roo is an Auckland children’s writer and poet. Her first book, The Rain Train, was illustrated by Brian Lovelock. This was followed by the Ophelia Wild series, illustrated by Tracy Duncan. The Name at the End of the Ladder, a junior fiction fantasy novel, will be released in 2014 from Walker Books Australia.
Highly recommended … Refreshingly original, introducing a new universe, where friends must work together to fight against evil forces.
With mysterious voices, a strange boy and a severe case of sweet tooth, September takes you on a rollercoaster of an adventure. While the story is slow to start, it’s worth hanging in there for lift-off.