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The Book of Fatal Errors

The Book of Fatal Errors

The Feylawn Chronicles (Volume 1)

Dashka Slater

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Award-winning author Dashka Slater spins a tale of friendship, magic, and eternal life in The Book of Fatal Errors, an evocative and witty middle-grade fantasy.

Rufus doesn’t just make mistakes – he makes fatal errors. Clumsy and awkward, he feels entrapped by his teasing classmates and their constant laughter. But now it is summer. Rufus is free. He roams the wildlands of his grandfather’s mysterious homestead, blissfully unaware of the danger up ahead.

And there is much danger. Rufus and his snooty cousin Abigail soon become entangled in the tantalizing world of the feylings, mischievous fairly-like creatures desperate to find their way home. In helping the feylings, Rufus tumbles down a dark path rich with age-old secrets and difficult truths. Any move he makes might be his final fatal error.

Or perhaps, his most spectacular beginning.



It was the last day of school and everything was singing. The birds were peeping and trilling and cooing. The bugs were buzzing and humming and chirping. The leaves rustled in the trees, the seeds rattled in...

Praise for The Book of Fatal Errors

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

"Amusing scenes balance weightier ones in this appealing chapter book, the first of two volumes planned for the Feylawn Chronicles series." —Booklist

"This is an exciting, fast-paced middle-grade fantasy . . . A delightful read for anyone who loves magic." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sassy feylings and other rambunctious magical creatures make the tale feel fresh . . . Rufus’s self-confidence grows with every chapter, and realistic tension between his family members works itself out in a satisfactory, but not simplistic, way." —The Horn Book

"Slater has created a fun, emotionally driven fairy story. VERDICT An excellent readalike for “The Spiderwick Chronicles” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black; recommended for any young fantasy fans.–School Library Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater has written several books, including her non-fiction title for young adults, The 57 Bus, which received the Stonewall Book Award and was a YALSA Nonfiction finalist, among many other honors. She also wrote the picture book Escargot, which won the Wanda Gag Book Award, and its follow-up, A Book for Escargot. She lives in California.

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Fernando Aguila

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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