We’re hosting an excerpt from young adult fantasy novel ‘Root Bound’ by author Tanya Karen Gough.
The Translations Room was an enormous cavern somewhat reminiscent of a medieval monastery. The floor was lined with row after row of tiny desks at which sat hundreds of tiny, Mat–sized brownies, each scribbling away furiously on parchment–like scrolls, except in the vicinity of Mat’s desk, where a small, excited crowd had begun to form.
Ghostlike apparitions formed above each desk, playing out scenes from the text that was being written on the scroll below. At a nearby desk, Emma saw a silver and gold griffin taking flight. Above the next desk, a boy’s angry mother threw some beans out the window, where they quickly took root and began to grow. Further down the aisle, witches and monkeys flew through the air, alongside a castle made of ice to the left and a meeting of ancient spirits and sprites in a primordial forest of talking trees on the right.
Emma looked back at the small crowd gathered around Mat, who was bent over a scroll, scribbling furiously. She could see a distinct cloud, filled with familiar images: her apartment, the view of her bedroom as seen from inside the vent, and a terribly unflattering image of herself. She wondered if she really was so big and clumsy looking. She was certain she didn’t look quite so ghostly pale.
About Root Bound
Author: Tanya Karen Gough
Genre: YA Fantasy
How far will you go to find your way home?
Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.
School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies – basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.
Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.
There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.
Tanya Karen Gough owned and published The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue from 1997-2007, earning a strong international customer base of world class academics and high school educators. Tanya was also a contributing editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria (BC), audio advisor for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare textbook series, and theatre reviewer for Playshakespeare.com. Tanya grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.