A Wish in the Woods (Faerieground Series #1)

A Wish in the Woods (Faerieground Series #1)

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by Odessa Sawyer, Beth Bracken, Kay Fraser

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Soli and Lucy are best friends—until, on faerie ground, Soli wishes Lucy away.


Soli and Lucy are best friends—until, on faerie ground, Soli wishes Lucy away.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Fairies are not always the kind and beautiful creatures that people often imagine them to be. A very long time ago fairies and humans lived in harmony. But something happened and now fairies are bad and the woods that they inhabit are strictly off limits. But for best friends Soli and Lucy, the woods are a short cut to their school and their private secret. Soli, dark and shy, is the counterpart to the bright and bouncy Lucy. Soli confides her secret crush to Lucy one day and Lucy offers to talk to him since Soli is so shy. But Soli catches them kissing—the ultimate betrayal. Soli, crushed, runs crying into the woods. What Soli has forgotten is that a wish made in the woods always comes true. Soli wishes her friend away, and in that instance, her friend is gone. The book is written alternating between both girls' voices. It seems a bit juvenile for the targeted audience, but the illustrations redeem it. They are realistic sketches and dark in nature. As the fairies are portrayed as dark the pictures seem to fit well with the story. The book ends rather abruptly, but will probably pick up with volume two in the "Faerieground" series. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
VOYA - M. Espinola
In this Faerieground fantasy series, best friends Soli and Lucy have done everything together for as long as they can remember. Lucy is the more extroverted and social half of the BFF twosome, while Soli has the more introverted and quiet personality. Despite their differences, they are similar in many ways. From one day to the next, their friendship is tested by a boy they both equally fancy. After speaking to him on several occasions, Soli mentions her interest, and Lucy insists that she can inquire about his feelings for her. When the boy kisses Lucy, Soli runs away to the Willow Forest, where she wishes Lucy would disappear for her betrayal. Lucy finds herself in a world from which she cannot escape, and Soli is forced to follow her into the Willow Forest to save her. The series follows the individual girls as they each play a role in their fate. They encounter a dungeon, faeries, a queen who cannot be trusted, and a story older than they are. In their hands, they hold the fate of the faerie land, their friendship, and their lives. This enchanting and interesting story written in four parts by two authors includes a splash of the mysterious and enchanted with a helping of teenage angst in a world said not to exist. In their teenage world of school, boys, and best friends, what is a little faerie land to make life more interesting? The series addresses issues of friendship and trust and is appropriate for any reader who enjoys the mystical and magical worlds. As an added bonus, the text allows for easy readability for individuals learning English as a second language, reluctant readers, or those with dyslexia. The books are accompanied by vivid pictures throughout, adding to the pleasant layout. The story evolves simply and centers on two characters' rites of passage. This author duo packs a literary punch into the enchanted world of faeries. (Faerieground) Reviewer: M. Espinola

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Faerieground Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Odessa Sawyer is an illustrator from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital painting, photography, and traditional pen and ink. Odessa's work has graced book covers from many top publishing houses, and she has also done work for various film and television projects, posters, and album covers. Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, and classic horror, Odessa's work celebrates a whimsical, dreamy and vibrant quality.

Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she lives in Minneapolis, designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons.

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A Wish in the Woods (Faerieground Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Faerieground: A wish in the woods” by, Beth Bracken Soli and Lucy have been best friends all their lives but they couldn’t be more different. When a cute boy named Jaleel takes an interest in the girls, a rift forms between the friends. While walking home from school one day Soli and Lucy get into a fight about Jaleel. A few words are spoken in anger and Lucy is suddenly gone. Soli has to travel to Faerie to find and save her best friend and it’s not going to be easy. “A wish in the woods” is one of four small books that make up the Faerieground story. They have been put together in a single volume titled “Wish” by, Beth Bracken. This is going to be a short review because I have only read the first book. The story so far is a good one and I am very interested to see where it goes.  One of the things that I love about this book is the beautiful illustrations throughout the story. The illustrator is Odessa Sawyer and I think they are beautiful. I plan on reading the next three books as soon as I can get my hands on some copies. These books are for middle grade readers but I think that anyone who reads them will fall in love with their charm.  *More to come when I have finished the story.  
gaele More than 1 year ago
In a book geared for young readers (ages 10 – 14) this is a beautifully illustrated and cleverly depicted story sure to enchant readers.  It particularly should appeal to girls close to the ages of the heroines in the story:  Soli and Lucy – caught in that age where boys are intriguing but the surety and security of dolls and imaginings are safer.   Fast paced, with points of view provided by each girl, they are caught in the fulfillment of an old prophecy when Lucy is captured by the faeries  and disappears.  Soli must then dig deep and discover just what her friend means to her, and what she will do to keep and save her. With a touch of grade school flirtations and many of the usual jealousies that pop up between friends, even best friends since forever, are well detailed and dissected in each point of view. An enchanting treatise on friendship and the meaning of true friends: the fanciful plot neatly provides the lesson without preaching.  This is a gorgeous book, with illustrations that highlight and enhance the story and provide a beautiful detailing to fire imagination.  As a start to a series, this is a good one and will have young readers anxiously awaiting the next volume.  I was provided an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review and inclusion in the Children Read week at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Fairies and humans used to live in peace on either side of the woods. But something happened and now the woods are off limits to humans. If a wish is made in the woods it comes true. Soli and Lucy are the very best of friends. They grow up together and are closer than sisters. They are told by Lucy’s mother to stay out of the woods. But there is a short cut through the woods and if they can get to school faster, they can spend more time with each other. They share secrets about everything. Soli is the dark, shy one; Lucy the bright, outgoing one. Soli shares about her secret crush and Lucy volunteers to talk to him. But one day Soli catches Lucy kissing the boy she likes. Feeling betrayed, Soli runs into the woods. While there she makes the mistake of wishing her best friend, Lucy, away. And in that instance, her friend is gone. The book is written alternating between both girls’ voices. It seems a bit juvenile for the age it’s written for, but the illustrations redeem it. The illustrations are realistic sketches and dark in nature. But the fairies are being portrayed as dark so the pictures seem to fit well with the story. The book ends rather abruptly, but will probably pick up with volume two in the Faerieground series. It was interesting enough that I will read the next book to see how the story plays out. I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.