The Girl from Earth’s End

by Tara Dairman
coming from Candlewick Press on March 14, 2023
ISBN: 978-1536224801
cover art by Chantal Horeis
ages 8 and up

Gifted gardener Henna embarks from her island home to search for the plant that might save her papa’s life in this vibrant story of love, grief, and growth.

Twelve-year-old Henna loves living with her two papas and cultivating her beloved plants on the tiny island of Earth’s End—until Papa Niall grows seriously ill. Now Henna is determined to find a legendary, long-extinct plant with miraculous healing powers, even though the search means journeying all the way to St. Basil’s Conservatory, a botanical boarding school rumored to house seeds of every plant ever grown. At St. Basil’s, Henna is surrounded not only by incredible plants, but also, for the first time, by other kids—including her new roommates: wisecracking, genderfluid P, who gleefully bends every rule they come up against, and wealthy, distant Lora, who is tired of servants doing everything for her, from folding her clothes to pushing her wheelchair. But Henna’s search for the fabled healing seed means she doesn’t have time for friends, or so she thinks. 

This tender tale, blossoming with moments of joy, is a story of hope, grief, and learning to flourish with a little help from those around you.

Praise for The Girl from Earth’s End

This book is a masterpiece. With a story that grabs you and doesn’t let go, a lush setting that ignites your imagination, and characters who will live in your heart long after you close the book, The Girl from Earth’s End will transport you to a different world—one where you’ll laugh, cry . . . and won’t want to leave.” –Ann Braden, award-winning author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus and Opinions and Opossums

“Prepare yourself for an enchanting journey full of humor and heart. The Girl from Earth’s End will charm and captivate readers—a classic in the making.” –Jennifer Chambliss BertmanNew York Times bestselling author of the Book Scavenger series and Sisterhood of Sleuths

“Richly imagined and beautifully detailed, The Girl from Earth’s End expertly weaves contemporary themes into a timeless, heartfelt tale that not only transports the reader but transforms them. A breathtaking gem of a book.” –Elaine Vickers, award-winning author of Like Magic and Half Moon Summer

“Dairman at her best and most lyrical. A true journey of the heart! The Girl from Earth’s End blooms with warmth, light, and deep-rooted love. Words sparkle and grow on every page. Readers won’t soon forget this book.”  –Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy

“The Girl from Earth’s End is exquisitely crafted, somehow both totally classic and completely fresh.”  –Joy McCullough, National Book Award-longlisted author of Blood Water Paint, Across the Pond, and Not Starring Zadie Louise

This book made my heart grow. Henna’s courage, resilience, and determination are an inspiration for any reader facing changes and challenges in life. Full of lyrical language and hope, The Girl from Earth’s End is a testament to the eternal loyalty, heartbreaking limits, and boundless possibilities of friendship, family, and love.” –Jessica Lawson, award-winning author of Nooks & Crannies and Waiting for Augusta

“The Girl from Earth’s End is a lushly written, heart-filling story about deep-rooted family, sprouting friendship, and flowering understanding. Young readers will love jumping on the orange boat with Henna on her quest to save her beloved papa.” —Rajani LaRocca, Newbery Honor-winning author of Red, White, and Whole