Stone Creek (Coming on August 6, 2024)

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. | 2024

Seventeen years ago, after living as a fugitive, Tilly Stone (then, age 13) is left to fend for herself in remote Pennsylvania when her infamous eco-terrorist father disappears under mysterious circumstances. She tries to forget the dams they blew up together and forge a new life until her father’s return threatens to upend her small-town world and her friendship with the dogged FBI agent still pursuing him. Ultimately, as the past and present detonate and blow up with more than one kind of casualty, Tilly must choose between the father she loves, the truth, and her home.


“…suggests shades of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Through the specific and timely lens of ecoterrorism, Kate Brandes has created a moving story of a woman who still needs her father’s love, yet who fears that his infamy will threaten the secure if lonely life she’s built without him on the shaky foundation of their off-the-grid, anarchist past. From constantly building tension to exploding dams, book clubs will love discussing its many evocative layers.”  — Award-winning author Kathryn Craft (The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling)

“In Stone Creek, author Kate Brandes considers the emotional as well as environmental fallout of sabotage, no matter how well intended. A beautiful coming-of-age story in a time of ecological crisis.”– JoeAnn Hart, author of Arroyo Circle and Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival.