by Kenneth Oppel
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Description: Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.
All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen
The Good Stuff
- Once again Oppel excels at writing a story that both children, critics and educators will love
- Oppel is one of those rare and gifted writers who writes books that don't talk down to children. This my friends is a rarity
- Not a word wasted
- Hauntingly beautiful and wonderfully creepy
- Simple, yet complex. So many layers and the story will mean so much more as a child ages. This is one to keep and read again as a child grows older
- Honest and real (yes in spite of the paranormal aspect)
- The cover and art work, make this a treasure that you will want to highlight
- Steve is such a beautifully flawed and lovely little boy that I just want to take in my arms and say, its going to get better. Such a brave and wonderful little boy.
- Ok, silly I know, but I geek out a little when an author makes a mention of a Canadian city or landmark
The Not So Good Stuff
- I am already creeped out by wasps dammit
" I knew I was broken too. I wasn't like other people. I was scared and weird and anxious and sad lots of the time, and I didn't know why. My parents thought I was abnormal, I was pretty sure. They said I wasn't, but you don't get sent to a therapist if you're normal."
"It couldn't, because it was so perfect that it wouldn't even understand what it was like not to be perfect. it could never know weakness or fear."
I received this at the Fall Indigo Insiders Harper Collins Preview and don't have to share my thoughts at all, just like to share awesome reviews