Shadow in the Dark
The Harwood Mysteries: Book 1
An attack by bandits in the middle of the night leaves a young boy with no memory of who he is or where he is from. Nursed back to health by the devoted monks in a Benedictine abbey, he takes the name Alexander, or Xan for short. Aided by the kindly Brother Andrew, Xan commits himself to finding out who he really is.
Does he have a family? Are they still alive? And who—or what—is the shadowy figure creeping around the abbey in the dead of night?
Embark on an adventure while reading Shadow in the Dark as young Alexander tries to recover his memory and, with his new friends, uncover the mystery of the shadowy figure in the dark.
Reading Level: U
“An engaging medieval adventure with appeal that transcends its denominational press.” (School Library Journal, June 2020)
“You’ll rarely hear me say that a book would make a terrific movie, but I’d say that about Shadow in the Dark…Tweens and teens who enjoy a medieval setting, plenty of action, and a good scare won’t be able to put this book down.” (Catholic Mom, July 2020)
2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze, Religious Fiction
2021 Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Awards, Third Place, Children’s Books: Young Readers
2021 Catholic Media Association Book Awards, Third Place, Catholic Novels – Escapism
2021 International Book Awards, Finalist, Fiction: Young Adult
2021 International Book Awards, Winner, Fiction: Religious
2021 Illumination Book Awards, Gold Medal: Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction2020 Moonbeam
Children's Book Awards, Gold: YA Fiction - Horror/Mystery/Suspense