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Unnameables cover photoThe Unnameables

A Fantasy for Ages 10 and Older
Harcourt Children’s Books
In stores October 1, 2008

Here’s what it’s about:

Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called—simply—Island.

Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does, and nothing less. Islanders like things (and people) to do what their names say they will. Nothing more.

So what would you expect of a thirteen-year-old foundling called Medford Runyuin? Not much. In fact, you might want to keep your eye on him.

Medford’s been keeping a big secret, one that could get him banished forever from Island and the only life he’s ever known.

Enter the Goatman, a nameless, smelly wanderer who calls the wind but can’t control it. And who can’t keep a secret to save his life.

This is a whimsical fantasy about belonging, the dangers of forgetting history, the Usefulness of art, and the importance of wind control.

Excerpt: Seaweed Beach

Excerpt: The Goatman Arrives

*The header is an excerpt from the map of Town in The Unnameables, drawn by Jeffery C. Mathison.