James Bow's first novel, The Unwritten Girl, introduced readers to the strange and compelling worlds of Rosemary and Peter in 2006. A transit enthusiast, urban planner, and freelance journalist, James lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife, poet Erin Noteboom.
Commended for the 2008 Best Books for Kids and Teens
On the surface, Peter McAllister has a good life: a good school, good friends, good times. So what if his best friend is a girl â€” and sort of a geek? And so what if she might be more than a friend.
Underneath, itâ€™s a different story. Itâ€™s been years since the death of his parents landed him in this small town with his hardly-there uncle, but he still feels as if his life in Clarksbury is just an inch deep. Does he really belong? Only Rosemary seems real. But that reality comes crashing down the first time he kisses her â€” and she rejects him.
Then a mysterious woman named Fiona appears. She tells him heâ€™s a changeling â€” a fairy child left to live in the human world â€” and that itâ€™s time to come home. Can Rosemary convince him that Fiona is lying? Or is it possible that Fiona is telling the truth?