Into the Wild

Into the Wild

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by Sarah Beth Durst
     
 

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When the magical world of the Wild takes over Julie’s town, she must venture deep into the heart of the fairy tale to outsmart wicked witches, feisty giants, and super cute princes in the ultimate quest to save her family. But can an ordinary girl defeat the happily-ever-after?See more details below

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When the magical world of the Wild takes over Julie’s town, she must venture deep into the heart of the fairy tale to outsmart wicked witches, feisty giants, and super cute princes in the ultimate quest to save her family. But can an ordinary girl defeat the happily-ever-after?

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KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Suppose that the characters that populate fairy tales manage to escape their fictional existence and live in the "real" world? This is the premise of Sarah Beth Durst's novel as Julie, the daughter of Rapunzel and her prince, rides the school bus and is harassed by the fashion queen of the middle school. The "Wild" of the title is the force that keeps the fairy tales fairy tales, and it is constantly trying to recapture Julie's mother and the other characters who escaped its influence. It also grabs boots and books and continues to exert an influence over Julie. But it also tries to reclaim Rapunzel by sucking her back into the land of the fairy tale. It is then up to Julie and her best friend Gillian to step up to the danger and try to recover those who had chosen to live their lives outside of the fairy tale. Gillian uses her trumpet to lead fairy tale animals away as Julie's bike comes to life and the Wild terrorizes Northboro, Massachusetts. Julie's adventures take place in and though the most familiar of fairy tales. The conclusion comes with a bit of a Wizard of Oz moment when Julie realizes that what it will take to save all she knows and loves has been her heart's desire all along. The novel is a creative romp through the fairy tale genre, highlighting the strength of the female characters whose stories we all know so well.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
Something strange is trying to grow under 12-year-old Julie's bed. Her mother, Rapunzel, wants to keep it hidden, but The Wild is determined to escape and when it does, it turns Julie's town into a fairy tale on steroids. Rapunzel's been trying to lead a normal life, but now all the plots and patterns of the old stories threaten to ensnare everyone within reach, former fairy-tale characters and denizens of the modern suburbs, alike. Julie has to do some sleuthing, some quick thinking, and learn to negotiate her way past expected, stereotypical folkloric responses in order to break The Wild's hold on reality. The implicit messages about self-actualization and assertiveness do not lie too heavily atop the fun. Amusing, but not profound.
—Miriam Lang BudinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Imagining something called "The Wild," which might eat your shoes while living under your bed, might be easier for a 12-year-old than an adult. But The Wild doesn't stay under Julie's bed for long, and its identity emerges quickly for all readers. Once unleashed, it threatens to take over the entire community where fairy-tale characters live peaceful, ordinary lives in suburban Massachusetts. Set free by someone making a wish at the "Wishing Well Motel," it now re-launches the characters into their stories. Julie, however, blames herself for setting the fairy-tale cycle in motion: She has wished that her mother not be her mother. She's tired of being odd without knowing why, of entertaining the seven dwarves for dinner, of being picked up by Cindy in her orange Subaru and hanging out in the hair salon her mother, Zel, operates. Zel enters The Wild immediately to free the fairy-tale characters and stop its progression. Julie enters it to save her mother-and to learn her true identity and about the absent father she longs for. Deeper than most rewritten fairy tales, this existential story is chunked with big ideas about the fairy-tale genre, yet the story is lightened with touches that will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440632631
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/29/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
658,271
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 11 Years

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