Willodeen

Cover of Willodean by Katherine Applegate

Willodeen

Katherine Applegate (author), Charles Santoso (illustrator)
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A timely and timeless tale about our fragile earth for 8+

Young readers will be absorbed by this beautifully told eco-adventure


The fantastical creatures in this beautifully-told story really steal the show - young animal lovers will love this. But even more so we love Willodeen, a lead character who demonstrates so well the difference young people can make in the world.

~Sarah

Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favourites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as 'screechers'. The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature.

Lately, though, nature has seemed angry indeed. Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, has dwindled. For as long as anyone can remember, the tiny animals have overwintered in shimmering bubble nests perched atop blue willow trees, drawing tourists from far and wide. This year, however, not a single hummingbear has returned to Perchance, and no one knows why.

When a handmade birthday gift brings unexpected magic to Willodeen and her new friend, Connor, she's determined to speak up for the animals she loves, and perhaps even uncover the answer to the mystery of the missing hummingbears.

New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate has written many books for young readers, including The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. She lives in California, with her family and assorted pets.

Number of pages: 240
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 11th May 2023
Publisher: Welbeck
ISBN: 978-1801300841
Format: Paperback

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