by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press
June 2016

Ages 12 – 18 . Grades 7 – 12

Lexile measure: 810L


Guided Reading: Z+


History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. The mysterious Red Rook is a savior of the innocent, and a criminal in the eyes of the government.

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow ever higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.
Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Indie Next Pick of the List selection, and its companion novel, The Knowing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at


  • Praise for Rook:

    “The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama.” – Romantic Times

    “Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing.” – Kirkus Reviews

    “Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in… the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember.” – Portland Book Review

    Praise for The Dark Unwinding:

    "Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today

    "Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly

    "Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

    "[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book

    "A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

    Praise for A Spark Unseen:

    "Gripping . . . [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews