Ron runs away to Bordertown, a city between our world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk the streets and magic works sometimes. If the city doesn't kill him, it just may teach him what it means to be human.
"An intriguing hybrid fantasy that mixes life on the street with magic and glimpses of unworldly beauty."
—Kirkus Reviews More
"...a gritty, vivid portrait of a half-familiar world...Elsewhere works almost perfectly."
"Will Shetterly not only explores new fantastic territory, he invents a whole new perilous realm, powerfully fascinating. It's a hard-edged vision, sharp as a knife blade, a borderline where punk and funk mix with Blake and Yeats, and Faerie is not as we might expect. Surprising, daring, deeply moving, Elsewhere could only have been written here and now.
—Lloyd Alexander, Newberry Award-winning author of The High King
"Shetterly has just enough distance from his hero to shape [his] troubled journey with skill and conviction, too little distance to patronize."
—The Village Voice Literary Supplement
"...a dynamic cyberpunkish fantasy ... Steeped in both survival and coming-of-age themes, the story will attract a wide genre readership."
"My favorite graffito ever used to be on a wall just outside Paddington Station in London: FAR AWAY IS NEAR AT HAND IN IMAGES OF ELSEWHERE. They since knocked the wall down, but if you look closely you can still see the word WHERE. In all the years since, I have been looking for the book to match this statement, and it is clear that this book is Will Shetterly's. I have never known the far away brought so near in any other book."
—Diana Wynne Jones, World Fantasy Award-winning authorof Archer's Goon and Howl's Moving Castle
"Elsewhere breaks ground that other writers will certainly try to cultivate."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An entertaining story with surprising twists and turns that will keep you reading to find out what happens next."
—The Voice of Youth Advocates
"...certain to raise controversy—and the high school kids will love it."
"...sometimes violent and profane, yet beautifully written ... Not for the weak of heart, but a book for the adventurous soul."
—The New Advocate
"With a single book, Will Shetterly has redrawn the boundaries of young adult fantasy. This is remarkable work."
—Bruce Coville, author of My Teacher Is an Alien and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher