The Door to January
The Door to January
The Door to January
2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult NovelEver since sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine, she's had nightmares. And not just the usual ones. These are inside her, pulling her, calling her back, drawing her to a door, a house, a place, a time. Full of fear, full of danger. So this summer, Natalie's going back to Bernier to face up to a few things: the reason she left town in the first place; the boy she's trying hard not to trust; and the door in her dreams. But once she goes through the door, into a murky past, she's entangled in someone else's world. And only Natalie can help right the wrongs of both the past and the present. Breakthrough author Gillian French skillfully weaves together themes of small town bullies, unsolved murders, time travel, and the force of the spirit in this gripping paranormal thriller.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Paranormal

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Natalie Payson has been having nightmares ever since she left her hometown of Bernier, Maine. Not the usual nightmares where you wake in a sweat, but the nightmares that seem like history. Nightmares that feel real. So Natalie heads back to Bernier to face her nightmares head-on. Will she discover what the nightmares mean? 

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The Door to January is about sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson. She has been having nightmares ever since she moved away from her home town in Bernier, Maine. She feels a connection between her and her hometown; something deeper than the average dream.

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In the book The Door to January, Natalie Payson and her family moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine. Ever since she moved away, she’s been having these nightmares. When she goes back to Bernier, she keeps going back to this old abandoned house with her cousin Teddy. When she is at the house, she feels it calling to her, and sometimes the house takes her and shows her the past. Natalie feels the house trying to tell her something. When Natalie receives surprises in her bird hotel (it's a thing she and Teddy made) she realizes she is in danger.

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Natalie Payson is having nightmares. Nightmares about an old abandoned house in her home town of Bernier, Maine. She has come back to Bernier for the summer to visit the house and try to figure out what the house wants from her and to face some bullies from her childhood who caused severe trauma to her and her cousin Teddy. 

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