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Stefan Bachmann

Bio:
Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. He began writing The Peculiar in 2010, when he was sixteen years old. Stefan was homeschooled for most of primary school; he graduated from high school in 2010. He started classes at the Zurich Conservatory in 2004, became a junior student in 2008, and was admitted into the young talent program in 2009. Stefan plays the organ, piano, violin, recorder, and harmonica, and he is studying composition. His hobbies include writing words, writing music, practicing instruments, reading books, watching movies, scouring iTunes for melancholy pop tunes, and lying on sofas and blabbering to friends. He is very interested in English folklore, which he thinks probably inspired him to write The Peculiar and its sequel, The Whatnot. Visit him online.


The Whatnot


"Oh, the Sly King, the Sly King, in his towers of ash and wind."   Pikey Thomas doesn’t know how or why he can see the changeling girl. But there she is. Not in the cold, muddy London neighborhood where Pikey lives. Instead, she’s walking through the trees and snow of the enchanted Old Country or, later, racing through an opulent hall. She’s pale and small, and she has branches growing out of her head. Her name is Henrietta Kettle. Pikey’s vision, it turns out, is worth something. Worth something to Hettie’s brother—a brave adventurer named Bartholomew Kettle. Worth something to the nobleman who protects him. And Pikey is not above bartering—Pikey will do almost anything to escape his past; he’ll do almost anything for a life worth living. The faeries—save for a mysterious sylph and a mischievous cobble faery or two— have been chased out of London. They’ve all gone north. The army is heading north, too. So Pikey and Bartholomew follow, collecting information, piecing together clues, searching for the doorway that will lead them to Hettie. The Whatnot is the enthralling, surprising, and unforgettable companion to Stefan Bachmann’s internationally bestselling debut novel The Peculiar.