Peternelle van Arsdale is a book editor, essay and short story writer, and the author of "The Beast Is an Animal" and "The Cold Is in Her Bones." She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on her third novel.
Children / Teens
Margaret K. McElderry Books
January 2019 ISBN 9781481488440
416 pages $18.99, INSTOCK Buy now
One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa. Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe. Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next. Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself. Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.More/less
The Beast Is an Animal
Children / Teens
Simon and Schuster
February 2017 ISBN 9781481488419
352 pages $17.99, INSTOCK Buy now
Raised by strict, devout people after soul eaters attacked her village and spared only the children, Alys grows up longing for the freedom of the forest while hiding a gift that would mark her as a witch.