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Sometimes a lucky ritual becomes a curse.

Seventh-grader Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town, Lower Brynwood, but with his mom fighting a war in Afghanistan, he has no other choice but to live with his mean aunt. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it's cursed--and so is he. It's not just any tree either, it's the Spirit Tree, an ancient beech the football team carves for good luck before the season opener. But every year they lose.

Now the Spirit Tree is dying, and the other trees in the park are toppling around it like dominoes. The town is plagued with unexplainable accidents and people begin to fade, drained of life. Martin must team up with a know-it-all soccer star, Hannah Vaughan, if he has any chance of breaking the curse. If they fail to save the Spirit Tree, it could mean the destruction of Lower Brynwood and a permanent case of bad luck.

2015 finalist, Crystal Kite Awards, SCBWI Atlantic Division
2014 silver medal, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for preteen mystery
2013 shortlist finalist, Green Earth Book Awards for children's fiction


Used availability for Kell Andrews's Deadwood

Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Deadwood
Author(s): Kell Andrews
ISBN: 1-939392-07-1 / 978-1-939392-07-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Middle Grade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: Deadwood
Author(s): Kell Andrews
ISBN: 0-9838240-4-5 / 978-0-9838240-4-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pugalicious Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA