Monday, November 8, 2021

Bibliophile's Corner

by Katherine Applegate

Flap Copy Description:
Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as "screechers." The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature.
Lately, though, nature has seemed angry indeed. Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the  annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, has dwindled. For as long as anyone can remember, the tiny animals have overwintered in shimmering bubble nests perched atop blue willow trees, drawing tourists from far and wide. This year, however, not a single hummingbear has returned to Perchance, and no one knows why.
When a handmade birthday gift brings unexpected magic to Willodeen and her new friend, Connor, she's determined to speak up for the animals she loves, and perhaps even uncover the answer to the mystery of the missing hummingbears.

My Thoughts:
There are a few books that I always make a point to read if I can: those written by authors who have received the Newbery Medal. I've found that even if a certain story isn't my cup of tea, the writing, the voice, and the structure of their books always provide something I can learn from. Katherine Applegate is one such gifted author. In Willodeen, she again reveals her love of nature and animals - as well as a concern for the planet. The fact that she's included these themes in an entertaining middle grade fantasy is all the more impressive. As usual, her cast of characters come straight from the heart. I highly recommend Willodeen to readers aged eight to twelve!

Click here to learn more about the author, Katherine Applegate.