Into the Wild [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 297,053
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 656 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Beth Durst grew up in Northboro, MA, a town in central Massachusetts which (she claims) was temporarily transformed into a fairy-tale kingdom for several days in 1986. These events later inspired her novel, INTO THE WILD, as well as her paralyzing fear of glass footwear.

Sarah has been writing fantasy stories since she was ten years old. She holds an English degree from Princeton University and currently resides in Stony Brook, NY, with her husband and daughter.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    Once upon a time, the characters in all the old fairy tales escaped. To our world. Where they live like normal people. Well, almost normal. Okay, Julie, the daughter of Rapunzel, doesn't think there's anything particularly normal about any of them. Or her life. And there is definitely nothing normal about the thing under her bed. <BR/><BR/>Since the escape, Rapunzel has cut off her hair and runs a beauty salon. She and Julie live with Julie's brother. Though he just pretends to be the family pet. Julie's grandmother used to be the wicked witch who ate small children. Now she's just a nice old lady with a creepy laugh, who runs an inn. Julie's father, the Prince, never made it out. And the thing under the Julie's bed is The Wild. <BR/><BR/>The Wild used to hold all of the fairy tales. Now it has to be watched and controlled, or else it will try to grow and imprison everyone all over again. It's weak enough to be kept under Julie's bed, but that doesn't stop it from trying to transform everything that gets close to it. Julie's down to only mismatched shoes and flip flops, and you don't even want to know what happened when they tried to keep it in the basement! As long as no one completes a fairy tale act, or makes a wish in the wishing well at Grandmother's inn, The Wild remains safely locked in Julie's room, and all of the characters who made it out are safe. <BR/><BR/>Just like in fairy tales, one day something goes terribly wrong. Someone seems to have got to the wishing well, and The Wild has escaped. By the time Julie gets to it, it's already taken over most of the town. The city is evacuating. And The Wild is growing. When Julie finds out that it's already taken her mom and her grandmother she knows she has to go in and save them, and possibly everyone and everything else. <BR/><BR/>She'll just have to be careful to not get stuck in a story, or accidentally end one, and help everyone she knows remember who they are so they don't get too stuck. And not let The Wild beat her. If she can find her way to the wishing well, and manage to make the right wish, she just might be able to get everyone out of there. Or, she might get stuck in her own fairy tale forever. <BR/><BR/>Who hasn't wished that they could live in a fairy tale? Marry the handsome Prince or Princess and live happily ever after? Sounds great to me. Except when "happily ever after" means repeating the same story, over and over, with no end, and no choices. Then it starts to look a bit frightening. <BR/><BR/>INTO THE WILD is hilarious in parts, sad in parts, and surprisingly honest, given that it's about fairy tales. Almost all of your favorite characters are at least mentioned, even if they don't make an appearance. Some of the stories may seem a little different -- these aren't the Disney versions. Not that it's particularly horrible or scary, just something to keep in mind. All in all, a great book. I enjoyed it immensely!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    A Fantastic Story

    Julie Marchen is a girl of many secrets, most of them not entirely her own. Firstly, her mother is Rapunzel yes, the fairytale woman with the incredibly long and beautiful hair who lives in a tower, although now she wears her hair in a short bob and resides in Northboro, Massachusetts. Also, Julie¿s brother is Puss-in-Boots and her grandmother is a real witch (the spell-casting kind). And the worst part? Although Rapunzel escaped from and defeated the Wild long ago, it still exists, and it¿s under Julie¿s bed. Forget monsters under the bed the Wild is more real and much worse. But no one except for a select few people who escaped from the Wild long ago as Rapunzel had understand the extent of the threat that the Wild poses, that is, until it somehow escapes from Julie¿s room and takes over Northboro. Now, with all the people Julie loves trapped within the Wild¿s never-ending tales, Julie is going to have to journey into that deep and dangerous forest and outwit the Wild in order to save her family and the town of Northboro. Into the Wild is an incredibly unique and well-written story that I fell in love with. I am a big fan of fairytales, and the incorporation of this into present day, what we normally call ¿real life,¿ was just a fantastic idea, and one that worked amazingly well. Into the Wild succeeded as a novel on so many levels. Firstly, the characters were well-developed and interesting even though we¿ve seen most of them in classic fairytale stories, characters such as Cinderella and Goldilocks have been altered to be more human and realistic, making them seem interesting and new. The storyline was so creative, especially with the incorporation of fantasy and reality the reader can understand Julie¿s everyday problems such as her yearning for her father and awkwardness at school and then there¿s all the drama that being the offspring of a fairytale character creates. The plot is fresh, fun, action-filled, and never dull, so I was disappointed when I realized that the story was over. Into the Wild was definitely one of the best and most unique books I have read recently, and one that I most recommend, especially for fans of fairytales or just fast and fun stories. I can¿t wait to start reading the sequel, Out of the Wild to see the continuation of Julie¿s story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    From a Home Town Girl

    Sarah Beth Durst provides a quirky, upbeat and enjoyable tale within the setting of a little Massachusetts town called Northborough. Having grown up in this same town, it was absolutely wonderful to read about the unique landmarks--Yes, the Agway sign really is a giant chicken!-- placed into such a fantastical, downright magical context. The woods and swamp where Julie lived was also a fantasy land for my friends and myself, and to see our own adventures put into words is something which I cannot even describe. Full of witches, fairies, trolls and wizards, this engaging book treats its audience to the fantastic view of a young lady in magical Northborough-- one vision I myself hold very dear. A great read for any dreamer, adventurer, or wonderer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    Once upon a time, the characters in all the old fairy tales escaped. To our world. Where they live like normal people. Well, almost normal. Okay, Julie, the daughter of Rapunzel, doesn't think there's anything particularly normal about any of them. Or her life. And there is definitely nothing normal about the thing under her bed. Since the escape, Rapunzel has cut off her hair and runs a beauty salon. She and Julie live with Julie's brother, Puss and Boots. Though he just pretends to be the family pet. Julie's grandmother used to be the wicked witch who ate small children. Now she's just a nice old lady with a creepy laugh, who runs an inn. Julie's father, the Prince, never made it out. And the thing under the Julie's bed is The Wild. The Wild used to hold all of the fairy tales. Now it has to be watched and controlled, or else it will try to grow and imprison everyone all over again. It's weak enough to be kept under Julie's bed, but that doesn't stop it from trying to transform everything that gets close to it. Julie's down to only mismatched shoes and flip flops, and you don't even want to know what happened when they tried to keep it in the basement! As long as no one completes a fairy tale act, or makes a wish in the wishing well at Grandmother's inn, The Wild remains safely locked in Julie's room, and all of the characters who made it out are safe. Just like in fairy tales, one day something goes terribly wrong. Someone seems to have got to the wishing well, and The Wild has escaped. By the time Julie gets to it, it's already taken over most of the town. The city is evacuating. And The Wild is growing. When Julie finds out that it's already taken her mom and her grandmother she knows she has to go in and save them, and possibly everyone and everything else. She'll just have to be careful to not get stuck in a story, or accidentally end one, and help everyone she knows remember who they are so they don't get too stuck. And not let The Wild beat her. If she can find her way to the wishing well, and manage to make the right wish, she just might be able to get everyone out of there. Or, she might get stuck in her own fairy tale forever. Who hasn't wished that they could live in a fairy tale? Marry the handsome Prince or Princess and live happily ever after? Sounds great to me. Except when 'happily ever after' means repeating the same story, over and over, with no end, and no choices. Then it starts to look a bit frightening. INTO THE WILD is hilarious in parts, sad in parts, and surprisingly honest, given that it's about fairy tales. Almost all of your favorite characters are at least mentioned, even if they don't make an appearance. Some of the stories may seem a little different -- these aren't the Disney versions. Not that it's particularly horrible or scary, just something to keep in mind. All in all, a great book. I enjoyed it immensely! **Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    A Great Adventure!

    I've read this book twice, and it's great. Long ago Rapunzel and her prince freed the fairy tale characters from the Wild, though the prince was lost in their escape. Now Zel is a beautician with a young daughter in middle school. Julie's at that age when she wants to know what happened to her father. She wants normal clothes she wants her mom to have normal friends who aren't sexist or who don't pick her up from school driving orange cars like maniacs. She doesn't want the Wild in her basement warping the plumbing or under her bed, transforming her shoes into unwearable three-league boots. Then the Wild escapes and begins to devour Julie s town--and to trap everyone she knows into the patterns of fairy tales, where they risk being boiled, sewn into wolves' bellies, having their eyes pecked out, or being forced to sew flowers in silence for years (only a few people live happily ever after in these stories, and usually their lives suck until that moment). Rapunzel and Julie's Wicked Witch grandmother are missing. It's up to Julie to save everyone being doomed to repeat the Grimmest of fairy tales forever--but how? She's brave, but she's 12! She has no magic, only a knapsack with magical tools and a broad knowledge of each twist and turn of the stories that wait to capture her. Obviously I love this smart book. There are lots of twists. Julie is funny and stubborn, and the cast is filled with the people of a thousand fairy tales. But don't listen to me--read it for yourself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Icestar

    Is here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Modern fairy tale

    This book is a great read for anyone looking fo a classic fairy. tale twisted into a fun modern story.
    Action packed and fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    It was ok

    I had started to read it but i got confusd i never fimished it but i started to think that maybe it was on of the books where you have to read a little farther to understand whats going on

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    you must read this book

    this book is action packed and i have been reading it non stop

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    Awesome Wild

    Into the wild was awesome! the daughter of Rupunzel goes into the"Wild", where fairy tales exist, though it isn't fun. The Wild makes you live the same tale and forget your life once you've reached the ending. you're stuck doing the same thing over and over. the fairy tale creatures escaped, but it came back! love it!

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