For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie doesn't know what she can possibly do—until a door opens in the apple tree. Down through the roots is another world—a world of treacherous, beautiful, impossible magic that just might lead to a cure for Eliot.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
K.E. Ormsbee lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She grew up with a secret garden in her backyard and a spaceship in her basement. This is her second book in the Water and the Wild series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee is the first book in "The Water and the Wild" series. It's a delightful beginning to the series. The beginning of this book was awesome. I loved hearing about Lottie and Eliot's background and friendship. I loved hearing about the man who wrote Lottie letters/sent her gifts each year on her birthday. It was exciting, bright, and fun! When we first got to Limn, I was still thoroughly enjoying this book. I found Adelaide annoying, but I could see her point of view as well as Lottie's, so I tried to allow her a little extra compassion. After all, it's her father that's in danger. The fact that the guard burned the house and the mob turned on the family so quickly was saddening, but the beginning of the journey was filled with adventure and intrigue. I also loved the descriptions that Ms. Ormsbee provided us about the land of Limn and it's various regions. I could vividly see the world she has created and yet, there was still enough left to my imagination that I didn't feel overtaxed with detail. However, the further the children traveled in their journey, the more tedious the book seemed to me. The journey was just too long. Having read the second book as well, I realize now that a lot of what the children encounter in the journey will serve them in the future. Even still, it bogged down the story line of this book to the point where I actually skipped ahead a little because I was getting too bored. Outside of that, it was a delightful book. It's a very solid, good beginning to the series and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Synopsis- 12-year-old Lottie Fiske was an odd girl. Odd like the green apple tree on Kemble Island. She stuck out like a sore thumb. She only had one friend, and he was so sick, he was dying. The only other person who cares about her is someone she never met. He writes her letters, and sends her a birthday present every year, through a magic copper box underneath the apple tree. This year, she asks for a cure for Eliot (her friend)’s sickness. That’s when she meets her letter-writer, and a whole other world, linked by the apple tree. She learns about magic, and an evil king, and a cure, and that she may be an heir to the two divided kingdoms. What I Thought- This is a pretty good book. It is creative and inspiring. The idea behind the worlds being in layers is pretty fascinating. The characters are memorable and extremely realistic. Ms. Ormsbee has a marvelous writing style that makes you feel as if you had experienced everything that the characters are experiencing. Lottie is a great person who you feel for, and can understand how she feels. I liked this book very much, but the ending left me feeling that a lot was unresolved. Even if the book is the first in a series, I am the kind of reader that need to feel a part of the story ends and opens the door to something else. I didn’t get that from this book. The writing and reading level of this novel makes it a great read for middle graders and younger advanced readers. This is Ms. Ormsbee’s debut novel and based on this book, I will be looking for more from her. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review