(From the publisher):
From the day the Shepherds move into their new home, Emily is drawn to the tree house in the backyard. It's a beautiful, old-fashioned place, much more than a child's playhouse, perfect for drawing, reading, and spending time with good friends.
That's how she meets her next-door neighbor, Rowan, who has been using it as a refuge where she carves wooden animals—the "Queen's Beasts"—and keeps her distance from her difficult father.
Shy, imaginative Rowan is like no friend Emily has ever had, and the two of them get along—and begin to change each other's lives—because of what they don't tell each other, as well as what they do. For Emily has her own secrets, too. And some friendships have unspoken rules—rules that you have to follow even if your friend may not be safe ....
Original title: In the House of the Queen's Beasts
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Family & Relationships
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Social Issues