Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Review by Gayle Surrette
Razorbill Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781595141569
Date: 21 June 2007 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Julie doesn't have a normal life. Sure she goes to school, has a best friend, worries about not fitting in -- the usual teenage trials and tribulations. But Julie's mother is Rapunzel -- yes, that Rapunzel. Her brother is Puss-in-boots and there's a bit of the Wild living under her bed and eating and transforming her shoes and other items into ones that have magical properties. Really, how can you not wonder what's going to happen. Durst pulls you in on page one and takes you on a wild adventure that's in parts hilariously funny, seriously thoughtful, depressing, and still filled with love, hope, and family. From official release/information:
Book Description: Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, "The Wild," from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.
Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.
Sarah Beth Durst weaves a postmodern fairy tale that's fresh, funny, and sweetly poignant.