Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester
Holt Books for Young Readers
Available February 20, 2018
A band of orphan avengers. A cursed stone. A horde of zombie outlaws.
This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground.
With his home destroyed and his family lost, Keech will have to use the lessons he learned from Pa Abner to hunt down the powerful Char Stone. Luckily, he has the help of a ragtag team of orphans. Together, they’ll travel through treacherous forests, fight off the risen dead, and discover that they share mysterious bonds as they search for the legendary stone. Now it’s a race against the clock, because if Bad Whiskey finds the stone first…all is lost.
But Keech and the other orphans won’t hesitate. Because they’re more than just heroes.
They’re Lost Causes.
Legends of the Lost Causes marks the thrilling start to an action-packed middle grade series by debut authors Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester.
Praise for Legends of the Lost Causes
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“This is a fun and exciting story, written with the utmost respect for the Osage culture.”
—Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center
“A rip-roaring adventure in the Wild West, filled with cowboys, magic, and a horde of undead villains that’ll have you hunkered down in your bedroll, turning pages long after the campfire has died down.”
—Heidi Schulz, author of the New York Times-best selling Hook’s Revenge
“Part western, part zombie flick, this pits scrappy, resourceful kids against some menacing villains—always a recipe for success.”
—Maggie Reagan, Associate Editor at Booklist