"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

Winterkill (NY Cover)


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

R. Ross Annett Award Winner


Out now from Abrams/Amulet in N. America, and Faber & Faber in the UK/Commonwealth.

Available at:

Audreys (Edmonton's indie!) | Abrams | Faber

Or Indigo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Children's Bookstore

Canadian Print Disabled Readers may borrow WINTERKILL from NNELS: a Canadian digital library for people with print disabilities.





With the Thaw comes promise.

I put that idea in my secret heart and hold it there. I cling to the truth that this river's melt brings new life, new beginnings.



COUNCIL HAS FALLEN. THE THAW IS here. The world outside Emmeline’s fortification awaits. Urged on by her dreams, Emmeline sets out with her new friend Matisa and her beloved Kane, venturing into exhilarating wilderness, into freedom, into the unknown.

Into danger.

The secret that has secured peace for Matisa’s people for generations has been compromised. Newcomers are arriving, laying claim to the land and bringing unimagined horrors. Emmeline vows to help Matisa warn her people, but with new perils at every turn and the enemy closing in, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice:

Forsake the friend who saved her life or abandon the boy she loves.


"A philosophical, ruminative adventure" -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A gripping, dark story of survival" -- VOYA Magazine


DARKTHAW is book 2 of the WINTERKILL trilogy. Out in N. America Oct 13, 2015.




Emmeline and her friends have arrived in the safety of Matisa’s valley.

But trouble has followed.




Matisa’s people, once protected from a sickness that deterred newcomers, are now dying from the disease. Worse, Dominion soldiers are arriving with brutal weapons, claiming the land as their own. They’re also desperate for a cure.

To regain their upper hand and negotiate peace, Emmeline and Matisa must discover a new remedy for the sickness—fast. But their dreams reveal an unexpected path: they must return to the stifling settlment Emmeline was so desperate to leave. 


With war on the horizon and dangers closing in, Emmeline must confront her past and risk her life to secure the future that burns in her heart. 



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