The components of a story become the setting and characters in this imaginative tale of a young character, Indira, struggling to be chosen by an Author. But someone has upset the delicate balance in the town of Fable, and Indira finds that not only will she not be a Protagonist but may not even make a Side Character! Themes of hard work and believing in yourself balance well with the thrilling world of storytelling that Scott Reintgen has conjured.
Side characters can be heroes too in this charming and fast-paced adventure that is The Land of Stories meets The Phantom Tollbooth!
Indira has been a character-in-waiting her entire life. So she can't believe her luck when she's finally chosen to travel to Fable and study at the renowned Protagonist Preparatory, a school known for producing the best heroes.
But Indira's dreams of achieving hero status don't exactly go as planned. A failed audition lands her in the school's side-character track, and her best efforts to prove advisors--famous characters like Alice from Wonderland and Professor Darcy--wrong are constantly sabotaged. Indira is starting to feel like an evil antagonist might be to blame.
As the danger spreads, Indira discovers all of Fable is under siege. With her friends Maxi and Phoenix by her side, she pieces together clues that will reveal who is behind the dark magic threatening them all. But the more Indira uncovers, the more doubt she feels about her place in this world of stories. After all, can a side character really save the day?
About the Author
Scott Reintgen is a former public school teacher and still spends summers teaching middle schoolers dark fiction and fantasy at Duke Young Writers' Camp. The birth of his son has convinced him that magic is actually real. He lives in North Carolina, surviving mostly on cookie dough and the love of his wife, Katie. Scott is the author of the Nyxia Triad, and Saving Fable is his middle-grade debut. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @Scott_Thought.
“Imaginative, fast-paced, and fun.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced chapters of mystery, suspense, twists, and turns, will keep pages turning long into the night, and the satisfying ending—or rather, beginning—to Indira’s story will leave readers eager for a return trip to Fable.” —Booklist
”Will draw in reluctant and fervent readers alike....Thankfully, this is the first in a series." —School Library Journal