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Melissa Hardy

Melissa Hardy’s first novel was A Cry of Bees, which was published in 1970 when she was just seventeen years old. Since then she has won the Journey Prize for an excerpt from her short story collection Constant Fire and the Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award for The Uncharted Heart (Knopf Canada). Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and has been twice anthologized in Best American Short Stories and the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. The Geomancer’s Compass marks her debut as an exciting new YA author. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Melissa Hardy makes her home in Port Stanley, Ontario. Learn more at Melissa Hardy’s website.


The Geomancer’s Compass: A charming Young Adult adventure

The Geomancer’s Compass by Melissa Hardy

Melissa Hardy’s YA fantasy novel, The Geomancer’s Compass, is a nice blend of Canadian history and Chinese mythology. The short book follows two inventive Chinese-Canadian cousins on a quest to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to recover something that is lost, and break the curse of bad luck that haunts their wealthy family.

Miranda Liu is a brilliant computer whiz and a bundle of nervous tics. At sixteen, she is on her way to making a name for herself in the world of computer generated Augmented Reality, when a frantic phone call from her mother in Vancouver brings her home. Her grandmother is dying. She gives Miranda an antique feng shui compass and a mission to save the family.

Miranda is hyper-rational and says she doesn’t believe in curses, but the evidence of her family’s bad luck is pretty hard to refute. While the Lius are very wea... Read More