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10/3 - CATTYWAMPUS by Ash Van Otterloo

Union Ave Books welcomes Ash Van Otterloo to present their debut book in the CATTYWAMPUS. ASH will be joined in conversation by Hannah Rials, bookseller and author of The Ascension Series, most recently RECLAMATION. This free virtual event takes place on  October 3rd @ 2pm on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book CATTYWAMPUS in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event. 

This is a part of a new series we are calling Young Readers in Appalachia. Stay tuned for forthcoming virtual event announcements!


The magical story of a hex that goes haywire, and the power of friendship to set things right!

In the town of Howler's Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits. Only nothing makes Delpha McGill's skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family's secret book of hexes, she's itching to use it to banish her mama's money troubles. She just has to keep it quieter than a church mouse -- not exactly Delpha's specialty.

Trouble is, Katybird Hearn is hankering to get her hands on the spell book, too. The daughter of a rival witching family, Katy has reasons of her own for wanting to learn forbidden magic, and she's not going to let an age-old feud or Delpha's contrary ways stop her. But their quarrel accidentally unleashes a hex so heinous it resurrects a graveyard full of angry Hearn and McGill ancestors bent on total destruction. If Delpha and Katy want to reverse the spell in time to save everyone in the Hollow from rampaging zombies, they'll need to mend fences and work together.

Fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Witch Boy will love this funny, folksy, fresh debut from Ash Van Otterloo that proves sometimes it takes two witches to make the strongest magic happen.


Ash Van Otterloo is the debut author of Cattywampus. When they're not writing and freelance editing, they love gardening, hiking, exchanging playful banter, and collecting folklore stories. A longtime resident of the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, they now live in Washington with their spouse and four feral children.

Hannah Rials started writing her first novel Ascension when she was twelve years old. Eight years later, Ascension became reality, followed by Clandestine and Reclamation over the next four years. Hannah has a BA in Creative Writing from UT Chattanooga and a Master's degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. She currently works at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, bakes too many sweet treats, and takes all the photos of her corgi, Buddy.

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 2:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Cattywampus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338561593
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 4th, 2020

Reclamation (Ascension #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936426195
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aletha Press - February 14th, 2020

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