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Life isn’t always fair, and if you’re an orphan it’s probably worse. Well, Joey is an orphan. His world is totally turned upside down the moment he sees a shaggy dog in the window at the animal shelter and exchanges a wagon-load of pop bottles for the dog.

But life is never that simple. Dogs are not allowed at the orphanage and a deal is made with Mister Tim, the kind man at the animal shelter that ultimately changes his life.

With his new friends, Joey rescues a fellow orphan from scoundrels who use an adoption scheme to gain cheap labor. and unlocks the secret to his birth. He discovers his mom is in fact a wood elf, and she was sucked back into her world the day he was born. 

“Beautiful, powerful, and poignant, while holding onto childlike fantasy. Truly a wonderful story.”
“I wish this book had been written long ago, because it’s EXACTLY the story I would have loved reading as a child. Even as a “grown up” I was enchanted from the very first page.”

Joey is a normal kid. He has a talking dog, a smart-alecky bird guardian, a ton of really cool magic, and his mom is a wood elf who was sucked through a portal the day he was born. 

Well, maybe I’m a little off on the normal stuff. The truth is, the only thing normal about Joey is his new dad, and of course his friends from the orphanage. Otherwise his life is pretty strange.

The EVERWUD adventure continues as Joey and his friends discover spectacular new magic, deal with bullies, open doors that will absolutely knock their socks off, and ask the question we all want to know. What is a green witch?

“Ms. Dieckmann is a talented writer who makes you wish the book wouldn’t end and makes you anxious for the next one!”

Author note: Everwud started out as a quick writing exercise for a children’s group and evolved. I saw more than just a few lines about a boy and his dog, and the more I wrote, the more the idea grew and took on a life of its own. It’s become a magical journey and I can’t wait to see what happens next.