Friday, April 16, 2010

Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell

"On the morning this story begins, Isabelle Bean was convinced she was teetering on the edge of the universe."

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Summary: Middle-schooler Isabelle Bean follows a mouse's squeak into a closet and falls into a parallel universe where the children believe she is the witch they have feared for years, finally come to devour them.

Atheneum Books; 245 pages


Mary W said...

This was a delightful read. I was skeptical at first because I generally don't like stories that "talk" to you, but this one worked well. Sometimes she pauses mid-thought or mid-idea to tell you something else and then comes back to the original thought or idea. It might be hard to follow for younger readers, but I don't think it's a big deal. The book draws on other folk tales and magical happenings to create a fun, new story about "falling in" to a magical world and finding the true you.

DaNae said...

This was fun but I didn't find it Newbery worthy. It was kind of slow at the beginning. I've had quite a few kids enjoy it very much.

Jacquie said...

This is a fun story. I will enjoy recommending it to young readers, and maybe even old ones like me!

Unknown said...

This is a pleasant story with a fairytale feel, but nothing stands out to make it Newbery worthy.