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The Water and the Wild
by K. E. Ormsbee and Elsa Mora


Overview - A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452113869
  • ISBN-10: 1452113866
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 448
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

First-time author Ormsbee introduces Lottie Fiske, a 12-year-old orphan living in a boardinghouse and called “Oddy Lottie” by her classmates. Lottie has bigger problems than name-calling, however—namely the incurable disease that threatens best friend Eliot’s life. After Lottie makes a birthday wish to help Eliot, she is whisked away to Limn, a world below her own. Once there, Lottie finds that she, her new sprite friends Oliver and Adelaide, and a halfling wisp named Fife have been decreed outlaws by the cruel king of the Southerly sprites; this is due in part to Lottie’s fame as the last surviving Fiske, a family known for uniting the Southerlies, Northerlies, and wisps. A spirited beginning turns sluggish as the group journeys through forests and dangerous swamps to save Oliver and Adelaide’s father, a healer taken hostage by the king. The novel’s hasty resolution leaves many loose ends, yet Ormsbee’s humorous descriptions (Mrs. Yates, who runs the boardinghouse where Lottie lives, “stooped like wilted spinach”) and vivid creatures, such as the dreaded but loyal Barghest, should keep many readers intrigued. Ages 8–12. Agent: Beth Phelan, Bent Agency. (Apr.)

 
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