The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood
By Barb Bentler Ullman
(Katherine Tegen Books, Library Binding, 9780060736156, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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In the country town of Plunkit, where Willa and her mom start anew after her parents' divorce, Willa catches sight of a strange sparkle by the creek and in the old woods. Her older-than-old neighbor, Hazel Wicket, has an amusing story about these surroundings and an imagined family of tiny people that inhabit a tree stump. Willa knows there's no such thing as fairies, but when she spots more and more oddities around her, she can't stop an itchy feeling that there's some certainty to Hazel's curious tales of the Nutfolk.
Barb Bentler Ullman's fine first novel shares a special magic -- behind which hard truth and hidden wisdom await discovery.
Barb Bentler Ullman is the author of the highly praised The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood. She lives with her familyhusband Jim, two daughters, and a vicious kitty named Apricotin a house that her husband built in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. "My daughter Sara once came up with the idea for an American woodland fairy. She was glue-gunning acorns together and calling them nut babies.' They resided in pretty places in our woods, living quiet, natural lives. One thing led to another."
“A convincing first-person narrative with the wholesome appeal of fresh-baked bread.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)
“Readers overwhelmed by the world’s complexities will find solace in Ullman’s endearing first novel…”