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The Guardian of Whispers

The Reeds of West Hills Book 1

Author: B. E. Padgett
Series: The Reeds of West Hills
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy and Adventure

Age Rating: 9-12 years
Imprint: Emerald Forest Books
Publication Year: 2023

LCCN: 2022910453


ISBN: 979-8-9861629-0-4


ISBN: 979-8986162942

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"This standout middle-grade fantasy exemplifies its genre and will appeal to readers of all ages." -BookLife Reviews, Editor’s Pick. See full review.


"A contemporary fantasy with well-drawn characters and intricate worldbuilding that's sure to capture the hearts of middle-grade readers and their parents alike." - The BookLife Prize. See full review.


Not long into fifth grade, ten-year-old twins Frank and Jon Reed undergo extraordinary changes: Frank starts reading minds. Jon sees the future.

But their new gifts come at a steep cost. The voices whispering in Frank’s head won’t stop. He can’t sleep or even think. Horrifying nightmares plague Jon, making it harder and harder for him to wake up.

Their hope lies at West Hills School for the Perceptually Gifted, the only place they can learn to control their powers.

Moving to a new school means making new friends, meeting new teachers, and being required to live on campus-thousands of miles from their family. At least they have each other . . . until a dangerous relic, the Guardian of Whispers, goes missing. All evidence of the theft points to Jon.

With the school board on the verge of expelling and indicting Jon for the crime, Frank, his friends, and a grouchy old gifts teacher must catch the real culprit and clear Jon’s name.

The Guardian of Whispers is the first book in the middle grade fantasy series The Reeds of West Hills.

Press Resources

Press Release​ l About B.E. Padgett​ l High Resolution Book Cover

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