Willa, a forest spirit, has been taught her whole life that the day-folk are dangerous and will kill her without hesitation. But when she breaks into one of their lairs, she begins to recognize that everything she knows might not be what it seems. Willa may be forced to go against everything she knows to set things right.
I love Robert Beatty’s style of writing. The way this book blends magical, otherworldly qualities into harsh realities has always stunned me. It’s really a shock to the system when the protagonist goes from on top of the world to horrified. The setting is so immersive that it feels like you’re right there with Willa throughout her story. The author really shows her every emotion, which makes her that much more relatable.
Willa of the Wood also impressed me for its originality. Willa and her clan are unlike any mystical beings I’ve encountered in fiction before. Especially since this story is set in colonial America, it’s nice to deviate from the usual characters. If you’re looking for an engaging children’s book set in the wood of early America, this book is for you.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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