One summer night, Genna Colon makes a fateful wish that sends her and her boyfriend Judah spiraling through time. They land hours apart in the city of Brooklyn—and in the middle of the Civil War. Genna is taken to the free Black community of Weeksville, but Judah suffers a harsher fate and is sent to the South as a slave. Judah miraculously makes his way back to Genna, but the New York City Draft Riots tear them apart once more. When Genna unexpectedly returns to her life in contemporary Brooklyn, she vows to fulfill the mandate of sankofa: “go back and fetch it.” But how will she summon the power she needs to open the door that leads back to Judah?
The Door at the Crossroads is the long-awaited sequel to A Wish After Midnight.
6″ x 9″ | 408 pages
A finalist for the Cybils Award in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category!
Driving readers on with fear and love for its characters, Elliott’s plot hurtles toward a dramatic, cliff-hanger ending. Elliott writes with acuity, bringing both times to vivid life as her characters contend with love, loyalty, friendship, what it means to be black in America, and the ways in which circumstances shape individuals and communities.
~ Zara Rix, Booklist
Offering much more than the traditional teenage novel, The Door at the Crossroads invites readers to compare Black lives then and now. In what ways are the struggles similar? Different? Where does the spirit of Weeksville live on in communities today? Elliott’s deep knowledge of 19th-century history makes this book of speculative historical fiction an eye-opening read for high school students and adults.
~ Deborah Menkart, Rethinking Schools
Fans of Zetta Elliott’s 2008 time travel novel for teens, A Wish After Midnight (originally self-published, then republished by Amazon Encore in 2010) have waited a long time for the sequel. Patience, however, has been rewarded by a second volume as gripping and memorable as the first. The Door at the Crossroads, billed as boyfriend Judah’s story, is that and so much more – a tale of sacrifice for love, and a love that turns out to be more complex and problematic than the characters first believed. (Just like real life!)
~ Lyn Miller-Lachmann at The Pirate Tree
This highly anticipated sequel is likely to be a hit among fans who enjoyed Elliott’s A Wish After Midnight. This volume uses time travel, romance, and historical elements to tackle tough topics, such as slavery, racism, and war…For those who appreciate historical fiction with a little fantasy mixed in. It can also be used by educators to encourage discussion among readers who are interested in social justice work.
~ Nikitia Wilson at School Library Journal