by Carolyn Cohagan
Josephine is a misfit of a girl who is mostly ignored by her father (except for the new pair of gloves he gives her each week) and left out at school. One day a boy shows up on Josephine's property where he wonders into the tool shed and disappears. Josephine follows and is swept away to the land of Gulm, where an evil boy-tyrant whose bodyguards live off the energy of stolen children. While being faced with new unimaginable challenges, Josephine also creates some friends and together they desperately try to find away to get themselves, and the other children of Glum, back home.