Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret

Disney-Hyperion. (Wanda Seasongood). Feb. 2020. 224p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781368043151.
Gr 3-6–Quick-moving, humorous, and full of adventure, this title takes readers along on a magical quest that perfectly sets the stage for future books in the series. Wanda Seasongood is tired of feeling like an outsider in her family. So when a talking bird, Voltaire, crashes into her window on her 11th birthday with a message for Wanda about a secret that could change her life, the unlikely pair set out together on a journey through the Scary Wood in search of answers. Along the way, they must outwit and outrun all sorts of fantastical creatures—including the boorish groods, the sinister swamp goblin, and a coven of evil witches—who threaten to end Wanda’s journey or, even worse, her life. This fast-paced middle grade fantasy draws inspiration from classic fairy tales while feeling wholly original. The creatures that Wanda and Voltaire encounter throughout the Scary Wood are imaginative and memorable, thanks to Lurie’s detailed descriptions coupled with Harney’s expressive illustrations. Perhaps the most endearing part of this story, however, is the friendship that develops between Wanda and Voltaire, who together have the courage and smarts to overcome every challenge thrown their way.
VERDICT Readers will find it hard to put this book down once they start reading and will be excited to find out what’s next for Wanda and Voltaire. A great choice for general purchase.

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