Book Review – Willodeen

Willodeen
by Katherine Applegate

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate book cover

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Book Description:

The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . .

Eleven-year-old 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 Take:

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends (MacMillan Children’s).
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Wonderfully shows the value of questioning and looking for the source of problems.

Beautifully woven into this fantastical story are great lessons on speaking up when you need to, experimenting to solve problems and asking questions always.

This book was adorable, sweet, deep, and important.

This book was fantastic for showing the value of the found family – even if it isn’t by your choice – and utilizing each member’s unique talents.

The Final Verdict

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My rating: 4 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

I definitely recommend you read this book for a beautifully imagined world with fantastic creatures, amazing friends, and learning that being different can be valuable.

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