Enter the dreamy forest of the Urwald, where the orphaned Jinx is snatched up by a secretive wizard. For what purpose? Uncertain who to trust, Jinx sets out to uncover the secrets of his new master and the strange and persistent callings of the Urwald forest. Sage Blackwood evokes the mysterious and unsettling terrain of Grimm’s fairy tales, and the soft-hearted Jinx stumbles through these lands until he learns that in the midst of perilous danger he can trust his own powers. A mesmerizing fantasy, told with droll humor and packed with witches who travel in butter churns; botched curses; and cranky, if loveable, friendships. Grades 4–7.