skip to Main Content

Backward Glass


In 1977, Kenny Maxwell finds the mummified body of a baby in his family’s old Victorian home. Then a mysterious girl introduces Kenny to a mirror that allows him to travel in time. Kenny and his new friends—the “mirror kids”—discover that Prince Harming, a dangerous figure, is hunting them.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738741345
Publisher: Flux
Tags: Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

“Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.” When Kenny Maxwell moves into his family’s new yet falling apart Victorian home in 1977, he makes a shocking discovery in the carriage house. Buried inside the wall is a baby’s mummified body wrapped in old newspaper, along with a handwritten plea for help. Soon after his gruesome finding, a beautiful girl named Luka introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows him to travel in time. Through it, he meets other “mirror kids” from past and future decades. But the more Kenny learns about the mirror, the more he realizes that Prince Harming—a dangerous urban legend who kidnaps and kills children—is hunting him. Somehow he must use the backward glass to confront his destiny, save the baby, and stop Prince Harming before time runs out.

Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 336
Lexile: 690L
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

David Lomax (Toronto, Canada) was born in Scotland and moved to Canada at age eight. He currently divides his time between four great passions: writing, reading, teaching high-school English, and his wonderful family. Backward Glass is his debut novel.

Reviews and Awards

“Intricate, lusciously creepy paranormal mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This debut novel will leave readers eager for more.” — Booklist

“Debut novelist Lomax handles the plot’s complexities with skill.” — Publishers Weekly

“Get ready to slide down into the past with David Lomax’s Backward Glass. It’s cold on the way down, hot on the way up into the future, and it is always, always riveting, no matter which direction in time he takes his courageous and intelligent teenagers. I’d read this again and again. Actually, the future me has already done so, I can assure you.” — Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow

Related Products

Back To Top