Book Spotlight: The Waters and the Wild

Submitted by teenspace on April 6, 2010 - 2:11pm

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The Waters & the Wild by Francesca Lia Block

Review by Elizabeth, Central Branch

The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block is a short story about 13-year-old Bee, whose life seems to belong to someone else.  Bee isn't the only one who feels like this life isn't her own - her friend, Haze, believes he's an alien and Sarah says she's the reincarnation of a slave.  But as Haze and Sarah come to grips with their true selves, Bee becomes convinced that she's a 'changeling', a fairy that has been left in the place of a stolen human child.  Unfortunately for Bee, her human counterpart wants her life back. As soon as I saw this title I knew I wanted to read the book - I love W.B. Yeats' poetry and recognized the title as a line from his poem "The Stolen Child".  Then I saw that it was written by Francesca Lia Block - another one of my favorites!  How could I go wrong?  Luckily, I wasn't disappointed.  The Waters and the Wild is a tightly woven, kinda creepy story that won't take long to read but will stick around in your head for a long time afterwards.

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