Soli and Lucy are best friendsuntil, on faerie ground, Soli wishes Lucy away.
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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 Dakotabasically 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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“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.
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.
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.