Falling in

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dowell’s (Shooting the Moon) first fantasy novel features sixth-grader Isabelle Bean, an unconventional protagonist who prefers thrift stores to malls and demonstrates an “impressive talent for irritating teachers.” Isabelle’s adventure begins in the school nurse’s office, where she discovers an entrance into another world and meets a group of children fleeing from a witch. As fate would have it, the “witch”—mistreated and misunderstood by villagers—turns out to be Isabelle’s biological grandmother. Much of the novel focuses on the healing powers and sad history of Isabelle’s grandmother and Isabelle’s effort to set the record straight. Readers may be amused by the narrator’s digressions, backtracking, direct addresses (“You want me to tell you where Isabelle is, don’t you? You want me to spell it out for you, draw you a map, paint a picture. Well, I’m not going to do it”), and impish tone, though it can feel a bit forced. Perhaps too many facts are left to the imagination: how Isabelle has changed and what she has gained from her experiences remain questionable at the end of the book. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
Booklist
Feeling like a changeling in her own world, sixth-grader Isabelle Bean falls into another, where she meets her healer grandmother, Grete, and corrects a misunderstanding that had terrorized generations of children. Although it uses traditional tropes and the faintly medieval setting of much of children's fantasy, this perfectly paced story has enough realistic elements to appeal even to nonfantasy readers. The plot centers on Isabelle's efforts to convince the other world's children that her grandmother is not a wicked witch. This task is complicated but ultimately accomplished by Grete's accidental poisoning at the hands of a small boy. The storyteller's voice is evidenced by the opening line ("On the morning this story begins") and occasionally interrupts the narrative with explanation and rumination. The decidedly opinionated narrator's privileged stance lends a sense of directness and immediacy to the telling, and the adult perspective allows for more complex language and deeper understanding. Dreamy and distractible, Isabelle is an appealing protagonist whose newfound gift for hearing calls for help reflects how she has grown up enough to see beyond herself. Like Isabelle, her story has that "barely visible edge of otherworldliness" that gives it power.
—Kathleen Isaacs
Kirkus Reviews
A master at capturing the emotional lives of modern kids in realistic fiction proves equally adept with fantasy. When sixth-grader Isabelle Bean, the kind of "girl who is as silent as a weed," falls through the floor of a supply closet into what is clearly a fantasy land, she arrives during "the witch's season," when all the children of the Five Villages hide in makeshift camps to avoid being eaten. Isabelle, however, thinks that a witch might be interesting, so she heads south instead of north, picking up the girl Hen, who is straggling behind her village's evacuation, along the way. Soon they bump into Grete, an old woman who lives alone in the woods and who takes them in, teaching them herbal lore and healing. Here, the beguilingly crotchety intrusive narrator suggests readers might want a refund for the lack of excitement, but... The fledgling fantasist produces surprises, despair, reunions and hope, all with a deft, playful touch and the ability to deliver breathtakingly penetrating insights perfectly pitched to her audience. Dowell spreads her wings and soars. (Magical adventure. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613833131
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award, Where I'd Like to Be, the bestselling The Secret Language of Girls, and its sequel The Kind of Friends We Used to Be, Chicken Boy, Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal, and most recently Falling In.  She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at FrancesDowell.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Great

    This is a great book

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You willtoo!

    This book is a modern day version of alice in wonder land

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Pretty good

    This book was pretty good. I liked the characters a lot and the author seemed to read the readers minds at some parts. The only bad thing was it was kind of predictable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Loving

    THIS BOOK IS JUST THE BEST BECAUSE IT IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING ELSE! SORRY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT IT REPLACED ALICE! THATS SOOO NOT TRUE JUST THINK ABOUT IT! All from the DD lover.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    omg,

    this is book is thee best!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    NOT THAT GOOD PEOPLE!!!!!

    Need to read twice or three times to undetstand.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Great

    Great story line didnt wont it to end just wonderful

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    ONE OF MY FAV BOOKS

    This book is so interesting and creative. It is so different from other books but leaves a lasting impression. Buy it. Read it. Rate it.

    Don't b a hater,
    Nina
    HUMP DAY!!!!!!!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Ok

    I am half way into the book at the part where isibella is going to the village... i losed the book and havn't been able to find it since!!!
    any ways YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK
    I give it five stars so far

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Wonderful!

    I loved it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Love

    I am absolutely in love with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    5 stars

    I love this book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Such a copy of alice abd wonder land COPY

    Like alice and wonderland y


    Blah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Never putting it down

    Best thing i ever read but hen is over stresing Awesome12344

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great book??????????

    Best book ever very difrent thats wy i like it so much!!!!! I give it ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Greta book!

    I ould reccomnd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Annonoumous

    Nice book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Falling In

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Perfect read!!

    A little confusing but an odd heartwarming story of two little explorers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    This was a really great book

    It was awesome with a hansel gretel fantasy land she falls in.

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