"An engrossing romance, set against a chillingly vivid repressive society. Winterkill will haunt you."
– Julie Berry, author of Carnegie shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me
IN THE WOODS OUTSIDE EMMELINE'S ISOLATED SETTLEMENT, a powerful enemy lurks, one that wiped out much of the population generations ago. Inside the settlement's walls, Emmeline is watched for Waywardness: the rule-breaking behavior that sent her grandmother to her death. She knows she shouldn't go out into the trees or seek answers to questions no one dares ask.
When one of the settlement leaders asks for her hand, Emmeline has the opporutunity to wipe the slate clean, ridding herself and her family of the Stain of her grandmother's crimes, even if her heart belongs to another. But before she's forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where dangerous secrets lurk.
Her grandmother went down that path and paid the price.
If Emmeline isn't careful, she will be next.
"Speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience" -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The promise of forthcoming volumes will keep antsy readers at bay" -- BOOKLIST
OLA Best Bet YA 2014
Alberta Readers' Choice Award Finalist
Canadian Print Disabled Readers may borrow WINTERKILL from NNELS: a Canadian digital library for people with print disabilities.