Wing & Claw #1: Forest Of Wonders by Linda Sue ParkWing & Claw #1: Forest Of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

Wing & Claw #1: Forest Of Wonders

byLinda Sue ParkIllustratorJim Madsen

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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From Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park, this is a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic.

When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences.

Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions—including his own—might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect.

Linda Sue Park was born in Urbana, Illinois on March 25, 1960. She received a B.A. in English from Stanford University. After graduating, she worked as a public-relations writer for a major oil company for two years. She obtained advanced degrees in literature from Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland and from the University of London. B...
Title:Wing & Claw #1: Forest Of WondersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.7 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062327399

ISBN - 13:9780062327390

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw #1) by Linda Sue Park Oooooooh, boy. What a disappointment. Okay. So this book started out great. I loved the apothecary magic. I liked how magical the forest in which the story took place was. The characters were charming too. Really, the first one hundred pages had everything that I love going for it... and then as soon as I started part two, something just fell. The story suddenly became boring, childish, and very preachy when it came to the environment. Don't get me wrong, I believe it is good to take care of the environment, but I don't like when anything preaches to me or turns a good story into an excuse to shove a message down the reader's throat. I like a book with a fully fleshed-out tale, believable characters, genuine emotion, and a point that is at the heart of the story but is not all the story has to offer. Sadly, this book has little in the way of anything else.
Date published: 2017-12-30

Editorial Reviews

A provocative moral tale about the relationship between humans and animals.… In the end, the ambiguity of the message is one of the novel’s strengths. In a genre that often paints good and evil in black and white, Park has written a book with a lot of gray.