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KLIATTTo quote from the review of the audiobook in KLIATT, November 2005: The witch never knew she wanted a child until he appeared: an infant, ugly and misshapen, abandoned in the woods. And thus Lump was named. His nurse was a bear, his teacher a djinn. Unfortunately, he is not bear nor djinn nor witch and mixing with the human world proves disastrous. Lump blames his mother for all his woes. However, there comes a time when each person must ultimately make his own way. For Lump that way comes with great cost, but ultimately with great redemption. Gruber is incredibly clever, turning familiar fairy tales inside out with simple changes in point of view. (The witch, in her girlhood, wore a little red riding cloak and contrary to popular rendition, the wolf is the savior of the story.) KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, HarperTempest, 377p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Jodi L. Israel