The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
What lies beyond the walls? Twelve-year-old Alexa has lived her whole life within the protective walls of the towns and roads of her kingdom, but she longs to know what is outside the walls. What evil lurks in the forests and hills...what is it that the townspeople fear? When she finds a key to a secret passageway, she begins to unravel the mystery. Along the way, she discovers an ancient enchantment and an unexpected power within herself.
This is a great fantasy story that has a lot of plot twists and turns to keep you interested. I really liked it. And what's even better...The Dark Hills Divide is just the first book in a planned trilogy. If you like this as much as I did, we can look forward to two more adventures in The Land of Elyon.