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SCBWI: Book Blast for William and the Witch’s Riddle

SCBWI: Book Blast for William and the Witch’s Riddle

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators: Book Blast season:  here’s mine!


Author(s): Shutta Crum
Illustrator(s): Lee Wildish
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books)
ISBN-13: 9781101932698
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Category: Middle Grade



A charming re-imagination of Sleeping Beauty in which a boy must solve a witch’s riddle in order to save his family and end a centuries-long curse.

William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone ever since their mother disappeared and their father went to look for her. When William is visited by a witch named Morga, it seems their lives might be in danger unless they help the witch solve a riddle and find a dark family heirloom.

William sets out on a quest into the heart of the Old Forest. There his mother rests in the sleep of an ancient curse, her only companions an odd fellow who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny dragon.

. . .



Coming September 13th: William and the Witch’s Riddle

Coming September 13th: William and the Witch’s Riddle


I’m excited to announce that my newest book, a middle-grade adventure novel, will make its appearance on Sept. 13th. WILLIAM AND THE WITCH’S RIDDLE is illustrated by NY TIMES best-selling illustrator, Lee Wildish. It’s published by Alfred A. Knopf.  We’ll be celebrating with a book launch on Sunday, Sept. 25th at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor at 3pm. Please join us at Nicola’s located in the Westgate Shopping Center,  2513 Jackson Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48103. I’ll be launching William into the world beside my friend Kristen Bartley Lenz who will be celebrating her new novel THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO (Elephant Rock Productions, 2016).

PREORDER: William and the Witch’s Riddle today.

It’s garnering great reviews already!


“There is humor, heart-stopping action, magic of many sorts, and tender emotions of sacrifice, love, and loss.”

Kirkus Reviews 7/15/2016

“ . . . twisty and original. A fast-paced story excellent for adventure lovers.”  Booklist, 7/7/2016

“ . . . feels rich and timeless.”  Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, July 2016