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Emily Whitman Children's Author Myth Magic Fantasy

Where myth meets magic.

Hello! I’m Emily and I write books for kids and teens where myth and magic meet real life. I’m a research junkie, a castle-lover, and a believer in the idea that time and place aren’t boundaries – they’re just doors to step through. Won’t you join me?

Emily Whitman The Turning Midde Grade Fantasy Novel Selkie Folklore Adventure
Does he belong to the land or to the sea?


The TurningWinner of the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature

"This lore-rich and gripping story plunges the reader into a coming-of-age journey that, like the sea, is both beautiful and tumultuous. Whitman's imagery and lyrical text transport the reader to a place both known and unknown."Oregon Book Awards Judge Ben Clanton

Oregon Spirit Book Award

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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Now in paperback!

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