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.