It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident–and young Samuel Chambers would have done anything to turn back time. Even today, he can hardly believe it all happened . . .
Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Sam begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back.
His quest to defeat death will entangle him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict, forcing Sam to grapple with an unwelcome question.
Could it be possible that death is a gift?
“Shawn Smucker enchants with a deftly woven tale of mystery and magic that will leave you not only spellbound but wanting more.”
– Billy Coffey, author of There Will Be Stars
“Neil Gaiman meets Madeleine L’Engle. I read it in two days!”
– Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy
Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of the great authors of literature for young readers.
For any person who has struggled with why bad things happen, this mesmerizing book will be both a comfort and a challenge…
Book Trailer: The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker