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The epic folklore-inspired fantasy series:

Seven Wherewithal Way

Seven Wherewithal Way  is the culmination of my love for folklore and portal fantasies. It’s the story I have always wanted to write, ever since I was a young child at the local library, borrowing every single folklore book I could get my hands on.

The six Realms in the world of Wherewithal are mainly inspired by Slavic, Nordic, South American, African, Japanese (particularly the Yokai tradition) folklore, and the folklore of the British Isles. SWW is a celebration of this diverse range of breathtaking, horrifying, and beautiful creatures humans have been telling tales about for thousands of years: household spirits and lonesome beasties that stalk deserted places, nature guardians and impish troublemakers – all designed to tell us something about ourselves.

You can read more about the first book, out 01 October 2021, below.

I hope this book gives you as much joy as folklore, fairytales, and magical creatures have always given me. Seven Wherewithal Way is a story close to my heart and imagination, and now, I hope, yours too.

Seven Wherewithal Way

QBD 2021 Children's Book of the Year

2022 CBCA Notable Book of the Year: Younger Readers


Ferdinand fell out of the sky on the hottest day of the year, while Celeste and Esmerelda Barden were on the front porch eating ice-cream.


Celeste is having the worst summer ever. Her parents are off on an adventure and she’s stuck at Gran’s house with her annoying little sister, Esme, and strict instructions to be responsible. Or, as Esme says, boring. So when their eccentric cousin Ferd crash-lands a flying bus in the yard, what choice does Celeste have but to follow Ferd back home to Seven Wherewithal Way?


Wherewithal – Ferd’s house, and the gateway to the many Realms unreachable from Earth – is bursting with magic and mystery and otherworldly creatures. It’s Celeste’s favourite place in any world. But when something tries to break in through the portal in the pantry – the door to the mystical Realm of Forests – Celeste learns that both Wherewithal and her beloved cousin are under threat. If Celeste wants to save her cousin, their home, its inhabitants and possibly even all the Realms, she is going to have to find her adventurous side. Fast.


Full of heart-in-your-mouth action, unforgettable characters and folklore-inspired magic that feels both fresh and familiar, Seven Wherewithal Way is the unputdownable first book in an epic portal fantasy series.

Book 02 - Seven Wherewithal Way: Across the Ice and Into the Jungle coming November 2022

Seven Wherewithal Way by Samantha-Ellen Bound, an epic folklore-inspired portal fantasy series published by Affirm Press

28 September 2021
RRP: $17.99
ISBN: 9781922419224
Paperback, 400 pages
198 x 128 mm
Middle Grade Fiction