Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor (Hardcover)

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The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor will make you gasp, laugh and keep guessing until the very end. 

Carter is an absolute master at what she does. The characters are wonderful, and April makes so spectacular protagonist. I was absolutely cheering for her and her new found family by the end.

This is a must-read middle grade, fully of mystery and suspense, that is going to see lots of children reading past their bedtimes! - Rebecca

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— From Rebecca's Staff Picks


“A fast-paced thrill ride of a book . . . it’s Batman meets Annie.” —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times best-selling author of the Spy School series

“An adventure-filled read with a twisty mystery and spunky friendships. I loved it!” –Melissa de la Cruz, New York times best-selling author of The Descendants series

April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of orphans who just don't understand that April isn’t like them. After all, April’s mother is coming back for her someday very soon.

All April has to do is find the clues her mother left inside the massive mansion. But Winterborne House is hiding more than one secret, so April and her friends are going to have to work together to unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a creepy legend, and a mysterious key before the only home they’ve ever known is lost to them forever.

About the Author

Ally Carter writes books about sentinels, spies, thieves, and diplomats. She is a New York Times best-selling author whose novels have sold over three million copies and have been published in more than twenty countries. She’s the acclaimed author of a middle grade series about a mischievous young orphan and her vigilante guardian (Winterborne Home), three YA series about the world’s best teenage art thieves (Heist Society), the world’s coolest spy school (Gallagher Girls, including I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You), and the granddaughter of a diplomat who has to find her mother’s killer on Embassy Row, as well as the stand-alone novel, Not If I Save You First. She lives in Oklahoma, where her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover story ever. www.AllyCarter.comTwitter: @OfficiallyAlly Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr: @theallycarter

Praise For…

★ "A modern thriller flavored with classic adventure."—School Library Journal

"[F]ast moving and surprise-filled, guaranteed to have readers racing on to the next deliciously gothic complication." —Kirkus

In her middle grade debut, Carter (Not If I Save You First) offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family." —Publishers Weekly

"The characters are likable and endearing, and the final paragraph, with its subtly shocking revelation, will leave readers demanding to know when the second book is coming. Hand this one to those who enjoy action, mystery, and kick-butt characters." —​Booklist

"A fast-paced thrill ride of a book, filled with great characters, swashbuckling action sequences, secret passageways, mystery, and plenty of humor. It’s Batman meets Annie. My daughter devoured it in one sitting and immediately begged for more. I can’t come up with any better praise than that." —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series
"This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter's middle grade debut is a triumph. I loved April's character down to the barb wire wrapped around her heart, and I cheered for her journey and the extraordinary bravery required to open up to other people."
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time
“An unputdownable blend of humor, unique characters, and a mystery that’ll keep readers turning pages way past their bedtimes--and checking their basements... just in case.” —Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of Prosper Redding 

Praise for Not if I Save You First:

“Maddie's grit, humor, and cleverness make her an engaging action hero. Fans of survivalist fiction will be impressed by the well-researched, immersive Alaskan landscape and all its beauty and brutality. A tightly plotted thriller helmed by a firecracker that never loses her spark.” –Kirkus Reviews

“In this tense romantic thriller from Carter…the characters are dynamic and engaging. The teens’ childhood friendship evolves into a sweet romance, and the fast-paced thrills will keep readers up late.”—Publishers Weekly

“The chemistry and relationship buildup between these two friends is real and believable. The quick pace and witty dialogue will keep teens engaged. Recommended where survival and mystery stories are popular and where Carter has a following.”—School Library Journal

Praise for All Fall Down (Embassy Row Book One):

New York Times Bestseller

"Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly

"Action packed and meticulously plotted, All Fall Down keeps readers guessing." —Booklist

"With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." —School Library Journal

"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." —Kirkus Reviews

"Grace is a fighter, and she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her mother. Readers will love this first book in what promises to be an exciting, thrilling mystery series." —Voice of Youth Advocates

"An amazing book." —The Guardian

Honors and Awards

2011 Texas Lone Star Reasing List (Heist Society)

2010 YALSA Teens Top Ten Book (Heist Society)

North Carolina Book Award Booklist, 2010-2011 (Heist Society)

Teens Top 10 Finalist, 2010 (Heist Society)

Romance Writers’ of America Rita Award Finalist, 2010 (Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover)

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Winner (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Winner (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Amelia Bloomer Book Award (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Kansas Notable book (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Texas Lone Star Reading List (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Georgia Peach Book Award Runner-Up (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

Early Praise for Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor:
"LOVED IT! Found myself alternating between being choked up and bursting out laughing. Ally Carter has created a middle grade series that is funny, poignant and compulsively readable, with a pitch perfect voice." —Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop
“I really did love the book! What sets apart this tale of a missing heir, an orphaned girl, and a mysterious key, is the heart and soul of the characters. April is my new favorite self-reliant girl who joins four other savvy orphans to solve the mystery and save their new-found home. The suspenseful fast-paced plot is paired with hilarious asides to the reader, perfectly balancing the storytelling. I look forward to more tales of the orphans at Winterborne House!” —Jamie McCauley, RJ Julia Booksellers
“The perfect mix of witty and heartwarming, and everything I could have hoped for in Ally Carter's middle grade debut! I found the character of April to be extremely relatable, and exactly the heroine that 12 year old me needed in a story. The book incorporates themes of belonging and poses the question, "What is a home?", alongside a funny and mysterious adventure, and came across as very original. Overall, I am extremely excited for this book, and truly enjoyed reading it.” —Nora Deyo, Eight Cousins
"The Winterborne Home For Vengeance and Valor” is The perfect mix of mystery, suspense and adventure with a wonderful cast of characters that you wish were your friends! An evil villain and a plot that keeps you guessing make this a book that is hard to put down! Plus who can resist a spirited discussion on superhero farts! I can’t wait to introduce middle grade readers to a new Ally Carter novel just for them!" —Janice Penner, Watermark Books and Cafe
“Action, inventions, murders, four poster beds, fencing, a mysterious key, literally something for everyone, Ally Carter's debut middle reader is a blast to read, and will leave readers panting for the next book!” —Margaret Brennan Neville, Kings English

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358003199
ISBN-10: 0358003199
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 336