Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels-The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and The Year of Shadows-as well as the young adult novel Winterspell. Visit her at Claire-Legrand.com and on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.
What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously
horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion
and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand's writing has
the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your
grandmother's Nutcracker tale. -- Marissa Meyer, New York Times
bestselling author of Cinder
"The story of The Nutcracker receives a sinister steampunk twist in an engrossing retelling. Legrand's story is rich in fantastical realism..." * Publishers Weekly *