Every Heart a Doorway is a novella by fantasy writer Seanan McGuire and the start of the Wayward Children series. This novella has won the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella.
Summary time! Every Heart a Doorway is a fantasy story about teenagers who have disappeared to a wide variety of magical worlds and come back once the magical lands have rejected them. Every Heart a Doorway centers around Nancy, who went into one of these worlds, was sent back and is forever changed. Nancy’s parents are relieved she is home, but are not sure what to do with Nancy now that she has come home…different. Now she finds herself at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. The classmates she meets have similar stories to Nancy, they have had experiences in other worlds and they trying to find their way back into their fantasy worlds. However, there is trouble soon after Nancy joins the school when a string of murders start to occur. Now, Nancy and her classmates must band together t discover who the murder is.
Every Heart a Doorway would be perfect for someone who wants a short, quick, fantasy read. This book is in our adult section, but would also be a great read for teens, especially those who liked Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Currently, there are two other novellas published for the Wayward Children series. The second book (Down Among the Sticks and Bones) takes place prior to this story, when two twin girls, Jack and Jill (who we meet in this book) and their trip to their alternate world. The third book (Beneath the Sugar Sky) takes place immediately after Every Heart a Doorway, when a girl is dropped onto the school grounds from the sky. Two more books are currently planned for this series. Each of these books can also be read as a stand alone, but they complement each other well and tell an interesting story.