There are strange beings in Grandma’s woods, but Grandma is the strangest. And now she wants Simon to follow in her footsteps. Great. Just great.
It’s the first day of summer and Simon’s already sucks. His goldfish is flushed alive. Then Simon’s sent to Grandma’s in the middle of nowhere for vacation. Life can’t get any worse. But then there’s no TV, no computer, no cell service and not much to do but read a book. Simon might just die of boredom.
But outside Grandma’s house Simon might just die. Bird-lions soar. Monsters swim the lake. The woodland animals think they can talk to Grandma and, what’s worse, she talks back.
Things can’t get any weirder. Then Simon is swarmed by yellow jackets and is saved by a Gryphon. The woods are full of strange creatures but Grandma is the strangest of all. Making medicines from herbs and other weirder stuff, she’s their healer. And she wants Simon to be one too.
There’s a lot of studying and between that, a new pet to take care of, and thwarting a pixie prince bent on revenge, there’s a lot on Simon’s plate. But when Simon learns his parents are separating, he knows of something he can make to fix it. But does he have the skills? Or even all the ingredients?