I’m thrilled to be able to announce the cover of my March 15, 2016 middle grade debut, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE (Viking). And happy to add that the book will simultaneously release as an audiobook, by Listening Library!

Here’s the synopsis: Something is not right at Rookskill Castle, a rundown Scottish manor shrouded in mystery. The castle is a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz, but soon it’s clear there is something terribly wrong. There are clues hinting that a spy is in the house, and there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic. When the children in the castle’s temporary boarding school begin disappearing one by one, it’s a race against the clock for twelve-year-old Kat Bateson, her two younger siblings, and their new best friend.

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I’m so happy with this beautiful cover, illustrated by Greg Ruth. You can add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf here

IMG_8226bJanet Fox’s published works include the non-fiction middle grade self-help book GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT (Free Spirit Publishing) and three young adult historical novels: FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN, and SIRENS (all Speak/Penguin). Her debut middle grade novel THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is due out in March 2016 from Viking; it’s a creepy historical fantasy featuring ghosts, enigma machines, disappearing children, castles, and curses. Janet is currently working on a number of projects ranging from picture books to more middle grade to YA science fiction. Janet is a former high school teacher, and a 2010 MFA graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she’s represented by Erin Murphy. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she and her husband are ruled by an energetic Lab, but you can also find her at


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  1. tamaraellissmith

    Janet, I LOVE this cover. So so beautiful…

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  2. Looking forward to this one! Great cover.

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  3. Lindsey Lane


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  4. I love it! This goes on my anticipated list!

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  5. mariagianferrari

    Such a perfect cover-love the bats and the atmosphere. Congrats, Janet!

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  6. Janet Fox

    Thank you all!!!


  7. Love it and can’t wait to read your book!!! It sounds amazing!

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  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover. I would have been physically incapable as a child of walking past that book and not picking it up and starting to read. And I feel the same way now!

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    • Janet Fox

      Oh, Susan, that’s so lovely to hear!!! Yes, I’m thrilled down to the ground. And thank you all for your kind words!!!


  9. elainebvickers

    This cover is so gorgeous and enticing, and I’m sure the story inside will be equally wonderful. Can’t wait for this one! Congratulations, Janet!

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  10. What an awesome combination…mystery, castles, and Scotland!

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