Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Published March 2010
The Hook: A quirky girl falls through a portal in the principal's office where she falls into a world where children hide from a child-eating witch. Instead of running, Isabelle Bean decides to go find the witch.
Why this is one of my favorite books from last year: Voice and style. I couldn't put it down. Great characters, great point of view, and an exciting plot. Think Wizard of Oz but then erase the thought because it's nothing like it in a backward sort-of-is way. Clearly for girls, although boys might enjoy it. I wanted my daughter to read it as soon as I put it down.
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