The Cabinet of Earths (Harper 2012) by Anne Nesbet is a creepily good book. Here's the first line: "It was his own grandmother who fed Henri-Pierre to the Cabinet of Earths, long ago when he was only four." See what I mean about creepy? If you like fantasy, or spooky books, I think you'll like this one.
Chapter two takes off by introducing us to Maya Davidson, a 12-year-old from California who with her family is currently in France. She's interesting, smart and brave. Will she solve the mystery of the missing children and be able to protect her little brother from the danger facing him? Read it and find out.
Author Anne Nesbet's website is appropriately subtitled "curious books for curious people." There I found she has two other titles I need to check out!
A Box of Gargoyles is a sequel to The Cabinet of Earths. Yea, more Maya!
The Wrinkled Crown is a stand alone coming out in November. Woo Hoo!
I also like this entry on Anne's blog: Shadows and Wonders: Or, Write Your Novel Like an Eclipse. It talks about seeing differently. Her comments are not just for writing, but for life!