The Wild Book

The Wild Book

By Margarita Engle

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780547581316, 133pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012

Description
Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.


About the Author
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose books include "The Surrender Tree", a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children s Book Award the Pura Belpre Award, the Americas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; "The Poet Slave of Cuba", winner of the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award; "Tropical Secrets;" "The Firefly Letters;" "Hurricane Dancers;" "The Wild Book; The Lightning Dreamer, "winner of the PEN Literary Award for Young Adult Literature; "Silver People"; "Drum Dream Girl", winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award; and her memoir "Enchanted Air", winner of the Pura Belpre Author Award and a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor. She lives with her husband in central California. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.


Praise For The Wild Book

A Kirkus Best Children's Book of 2012

A Bank Street College of Education Best Book * "A beautiful tale of perseverance."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Readers will be enchanted."—VOYA "[A] lyrical glimpse of early twentieth-century Cuba."--Booklist "Engle’s writing is customarily lovely."--Publishers Weekly "The idea of a wild book on which to let her words sprout is one that should speak to those with reading difficulties and to aspiring poets as well."--School Library Journal "[A] remarkable, intimate depiction of Fefa's struggle with dyslexia; Engle is masterful at using words to evoke this difficulty, and even those readers unfamiliar with the condition will understand its meaning through her rich use of imagery and detail."--Bulletin