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Rickety Stitch Book 2: The Middle-Route Run is now available!

A Junior Library Guild Selection.

A Junior Library Guild Selection.

Determined to find the legendary kingdom of Epoli, Rickety and Goo discover the only way forward is the most dangerous road in the world of Eem—the Middle-Route Run—a zany, mad dash through a gauntlet of bandits, monsters, and fiends.

With heart-pounding action and humor to boot, The Middle-Route Run tells the story of what it takes to truly be a hero.

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Find out why critics are raving about Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road To Epoli!

A Junior Library Guild Selection.  Preview Chapter 1 Today!

A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Preview Chapter 1 Today!

Meet Rickety Stitch...a walking, talking, singing skeleton bard.

He’s the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why.
Rickety's only clue to his former identity, is a song he hears in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale about the Road to Epoli and the land of Eem.

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The Road to Epoli Book Trailer

Narration by Logan Cunningham (Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre), Music by Evin Wolverton (The Road to Epoli, The Midnight Hour), and Editing and Animations by Luke Sharkey.

Praise for The Road to Epoli

Parks and Costa impressively evolve their tale into a compelling epic quest with deeper themes than the initial chapters hint. This trilogy opener is ideal for Nimona fans looking to see tried-and-true fantasy tropes get hilariously upended.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Conjuring up an entertaining bard’s tale, this adventure is sure to appeal to anyone who loves high fantasy punctuated with comedy, especially older fans of Jeff Smith’s “Bone.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Costa and Parks’ script is imaginative and laugh-out-loud funny, unafraid to crack a well-timed, verging-on-naughty joke. Costa’s art is unfalteringly, vibrantly buoyant, with many sight gags that effortlessly turn the profane into something adorably laughable. A cliffhanger ending leaves readers poised for the sequel—they will be clamoring.
— Kirkus (starred review)
The illustrations are dark and foreboding, highlighting the extensive array of dangers that the two find themselves in, while retaining plenty of the sardonic, mature humor of the text. There is lots of intertextual cleverness going on that results in this book being both an homage to and spoof of the traditional fantasy hero’s quest, both in the illustrations and in the narration.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Junior Library Guild Selection.

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We are over the moon and honored to learn that The Road to Epoli: Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, Book 1 and Rickety Stitch Book 2: The Middle-Route Run have been named as a Junior Library Guild selection.

If you’re listening, thank you Junior Library Guild! We are grateful to be held in such high esteem and to be associated with such an amazing catalog of books.


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