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Will their friendship be a perfect pas de deux, or a folie à deux? Two students at a private ballet academy investigate the disappearance of another dancer who they believe has been murdered, all the while haunted by an unseen presence...

Scheduled for 2024 release from First Second!

Meet wizards, princesses, goblins and more in this swashbuckling middle grade adventure based on the classic ballet!

“...The bold, expressive artwork is lively and enchanting. Readers who love high-stakes quests will fly through this one.”

      - School Library Journal

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About Megan Kearney

Megan Kearney is a Toronto-based cartoonist with a background in animation. She works as a writer, illustrator and educator, and is a frequent guest at conventions across North America. Her clients include television studios such as Temple Hill Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment. In addition to her award-winning original works, she has contributed to licensed properties with Scholastic, Disney, and many others.

Her most recent title, Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms, released from Harpercollins, was a Kirkus Starred Review in 2022. Her next book, Corpse de Ballet, is expected to be published by First Second in 2024.

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Reviews

"Brightly hued illustrations, exaggerated expressions, and polished pacing... animation-ready. "

April Spisak, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Kearney’s dialogue is pitch-perfect and her expressive illustrations allow the story’s wordless scenes to shine."

Barratt Miller, Oregon Young Adult Network

"Truly creepy... Wonderful use of language"

Comics Worth Reading

"...beautifully gothic and bewitching..."

Marie Anello, The Absolute Magazine

"Smart, and thoughtfully rendered."

Publishers Weekly

‘’Kearney is the rare storyteller completely comfortable with the power an image holds”

Conor McCreery

(Kill Shakespeare, The Last Witch)

"Megan Kearney is an extraordinary talent and it shows on every page"

Paul Allor

(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,

Monstro Machanica)