The Resource Forest of wonders, Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by James Madsen

Forest of wonders, Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by James Madsen

Label
Forest of wonders
Title
Forest of wonders
Statement of responsibility
Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by James Madsen
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Raffa makes a cure from a rare crimson vine he finds deep in the forbidden forest, the bat he saves transforms into something much more
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Review
  • Grades 3-6 Raffa is a gifted apothecary who uses his synesthesia-inflected intuition to make the best poultices and tonics. When an injured bat flies in his window, he’s determined to prove himself to his parents, so he and his cousin, Garith, seek out a legendary healing scarlet vine. When he uses it on the bat, he discovers an unexpected consequence: his bat can talk! Meanwhile, Raffa’s uncle is summoned to work in the fancy city apothecary, and he and Garith move away. Raffa sneaks out to visit them, and once there, he’s wowed by their fancy new digs, though the sheen dulls when he learns about their troubling secret project. Though most of the pivotal events of Park’s series opener occur toward the end, the world building and rich characters, not to mention a bevy of comical talking animals, will lure in middle-grade fantasy fans, and the gentle message of conservation and kindness to all creatures will resonate with young animal lovers. A cliff-hanger ending leaves plenty to cover in the forthcoming follow-up. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9, p89)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Park's newest foray into fiction is a switch from the historical into the fantastical. In this, the first installment in a trilogy, readers meet Raffa Santana. The young teen protagonist is following in his parents' footsteps and taking on the challenges of apothecary work. Raffa has a deeply profound intuition when it comes to botanical/chemical work. His extreme ability leads him to form uniquely deep relationships with special friends and creatures from the Forest of Wonder. The story is written with skill and well paced. The real beauty in Park's work lies in the relationship she creates between Raffa and Echo the bat. The story contains some high-intensity action scenes that will hook readers. The world-building is intensive; there is clearly a multilayered history and culture underlying the richly detailed setting. This story would be great as a way to create some interest and engagement with students studying chemistry or earth science. VERDICT A strong addition by a wonderfully talented author to diversify middle grade fantasy collections.—Chad Lane, Tulip Grove Elementary School, MD --Chad Lane (Reviewed January 1, 2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 01, p92)
  • Through his preternatural apothecarial talents, 12-year-old Raffa Santana restores a bat’s injured wings and apparently gives the creature the ability to speak. Raffa soon discovers that the potent vine he used has other dangerous powers, spurring a journey to the city of Gilden to warn his cousin Garith about its pitfalls. There’s no shortage of action or ethical dilemmas in this endearing tale, first in Park’s (A Long Walk to Water ) Wing & Claw trilogy. In the city, Raffa finds himself caring for a pair of raccoon babies and making new friends, including Kuma, a scrappy girl known for taming a mighty forest bear. A malicious plot to use experimental herbal infusions on innocent animals is part of an overarching theme in which Raffa wrestles with how to use his knowledge—for healing or for deception and even willful harm. As in life, the choices are never black and white as Park’s realistically flawed characters struggle between looking out for the greater good or for themselves. Final art not seen by PW . Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 21, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 52, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ After discovering a vine with powerful properties in the protected Forest of Wonders, 12-year-old Raffa journeys to Obsidia's capital, where he uncovers a sinister government plan to use botanicals to endanger and enslave animals. Raised to be an apothecary like his parents and uncle, Raffa's something of a prodigy. Despite Raffa's "keen instinct for apothecary," though, his father treats him like an apprentice. When Raffa cures an injured bat with a remedy created from a mysterious red vine, the bat is suddenly able to speak. Subsequent work with the vine triggers Raffa's sudden departure to Gilden to warn his uncle and cousin of the plant's potential dangers. In Gilden, Raffa betrays his father's teaching by using apothecary for "his own ends rather than for healing." Reunited with his uncle and cousin, Raffa's eagerness to participate in their groundbreaking work evaporates when he realizes his uncle's involved in horrific experiments with animals. The measured pace builds to a cliffhanging climax as Raffa balances family loyalties, compelling ethical dilemmas, and his role as an apothecary, all at a level completely accessible to the audience. Echo the bat is a particular delight, and among Raffa's new friends in Gilden are dark-skinned Kuma and working-class Trixin. Final art not seen. With its engaging hero, talking animals, arcane magic, moral issues, and unresolved plot, this first of a proposed trilogy promises more exciting forest wonders. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10462678
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Park, Linda Sue
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 700L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.P2115
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Madsen, Jim
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Wing & claw
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boys
  • Plants
  • Bats
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Forest of wonders, Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by James Madsen
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9780062327383
Lccn
2015940700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Forest of wonders, Linda Sue Park ; illustrated by James Madsen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9780062327383
Lccn
2015940700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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