The Wild Book (Yonder) by Juan VilloroThe Wild Book (Yonder) by Juan Villoro

The Wild Book (Yonder)

byJuan VilloroTranslated byLawrence Schimel

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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From one of Mexico’s foremost authors comes a wondrous adventure story of a boy who goes to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers.

“We walked toward the part of the library where the air smelled as if it had been interred for years….. Finally, we got to the hallway where the wooden floor was the creakiest, and we sensed a strange whiff of excitement and fear. It smelled like a creature from a bygone time. It smelled like a dragon.”

Thirteen-year-old Juan’s summer is off to a terrible start. First, his parents separate. Then, almost as bad, Juan is sent away to his strange Uncle Tito’s house for the entire break! Who wants to live with an oddball recluse who has zigzag eyebrows, drinks fifteen cups of smoky tea a day, and lives inside a huge, mysterious library?

 

As Juan adjusts to his new life among teetering, dusty shelves, he notices something odd: the books move on their own! He rushes to tell Uncle Tito, who lets his nephew in on a secret: Juan is a Princeps Reader, which means books respond magically to him, and he’s the only one who can find the elusive, never-before-read Wild Book. But will Juan and his new friend Catalina get to The Wild Book before the wicked, story-stealing Pirate Book does?

An unforgettable adventure story about books, libraries, and the power of reading, The Wild Book is the young readers’ debut by beloved, prize-winning Mexican author Juan Villoro. It has sold over one million copies in Spanish.

 

Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages. Several of his books have appeared in English, including his celebrated 2016 essay collection on soccer brought out by Restless Books, God is Round. Villoro lives in Mexico City...
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Title:The Wild Book (Yonder)Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Restless BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632061473

ISBN - 13:9781632061478

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“Written by Mexican author Juan Villoro and translated into English by Lawrence Schimel, the middle-grade novel follows the adventures of a young boy who goes to live with his eccentric book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers. (The whimsical illustrations were done by Mexican artist Eko.) More than one million copies have been sold in the Spanish edition. And this October, the English edition of “The Wild Book” will be the first title published by Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers, the new children’s book imprint of the independent, nonprofit publishing company Restless Books. A book about the power of books seems a fitting debut.” —Veronica Suchodolski, Daily Hampshire Gazette