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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,349 ratings  ·  470 reviews
Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick
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Oh, hey! Look at that! It's me at a playground! Look at how excited I am at the top of the slide:-) My ponytail is bouncing and I have a huge smile on my face. I'm waving to you;-) Life is so much fun when you are about to go down a slide--it's going to be a big adventure!

Hi. Now I am at the bottom of the slide. My ponytail fell out. There aren't as many MS paint flowers down here, but there IS a semi-barren tree--it has a bird in it though, so things really aren't all bad. And, I mean, even if
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I'd love to hang out with Katla LeBlanc. She's just moved from LA to frozen Minnesota, where the fashion scene is non-existent and the weirdly wonderful ladies of the Icelandic Stork Society insist that she is destined to be part of their mysterious clan. I absolutely love Kat's voice, which is smart and funny and made me laugh out loud several times. It's such a nice change when there's humor in YA paranormal novels and I think the author shows a lot of promise in possibly becoming an ...more
Every now and again I read a book under such circumstances that I really wonder what I would have thought of it at a different time. It's a nature vs. nurture thing - how much of my reactions are to the book itself, how much to the circumstances of my own life as I'm reading it? Stork is definitely one of those books. On the one hand, it probably benefited from my reading Halo at the same time, because nothing is that bad; on the other hand, since I spent last night reading the Evil Overlord Lis ...more

Here we have a fresh, fun YA fantasy based on Icelandic mythology . . . and I just found out about it like a month ago! YOU HAVE LET ME DOWN, GOODREADS FRIENDS!

This book was so darling, I just wanted to cuddle it! I loved Kat, and her sense of fashion, and everything about this book. The characters were great, the Stork Council was awesome, it was so different from the endless string of YA supernatural books that I've seen lately!
Imo :D (Omnom Books)
Though a lot of people would probably pass over this book, it caught my eye because of it's gorgeous cover and the unusual title.

Katla LeBlanc has just moved to a new town with her mother and her mother's boyfriend. Soon after she meets the Storks, an ancient Icelandic society with a mystical purpose run by Icelandic elders, and is accepted as its newest and by far the youngest member. Inducted into the society and chosen as the prestigous second chair, a whole heap of new responsibility is drop
Review originally posted on The Book Smugglers: HERE

In retrospect, I should have known.

I should have known that a book about storks and pregnancy and babies would drive me bananas but alas, the promise of the combination of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen with Norse/Icelandic Mythology plus the positive reviews Stork received all over the place made it too hard for me to pass this one up. So here I am ….ready to talk about the book but the more I think about it, the less I like it. In
Jun 20, 2011 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA readers
I like the story. It’s definitely something new. No joke there. The story of STORKS and BABIES and The Snow Queen and other old Outlandic Antartic whatever stories combined and made into something modern where teens of today can really relate too. Well, except for the paranormal and urban fantasy part, because that, definitely is not happening in the real world, just in the movies and books. But this book can really take you into a journey of a teenager’s life to CHANGE. Katla (weird name I kno ...more
STORK, by Wendy Delsol, was an unexpected treasure. As a first-time novelist, Delsol truly captured my attention with the magical world of the storks and the ancient history of Norse Falls. I was captivated by the amazing visual descriptions of Kat's dreams and the mysterious connection between her and Jack.

This LA chic-chick was thrust into the world of the Icelandic Stork Society without a clue. Some welcomed her into this sacred and ancient society while others shunned her. This went the same
Mar 11, 2014 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Stork has a very interesting concept, which is what initially enticed me to pick up a copy. Katla is a California girl through and through, but after her parents divorce her mother uproots her and she now finds herself stuck in Minnesota working at her grandfather’s store. Shortly before school starts she makes the drunken mistake of fooling around with football player Wade who decides he won’t leave her alone. She also manages to offend Jack who she’s seems to have mysterious connection with. I ...more
Part of why I probably like this book so much is I didn't have any expectations of it. The flap was vague and the first 90 pages seem okay but nothing to get all excited over, yet the last 150 pages make up for all that and really deliver in a good solid way. If you are looking for a book that keeps the wows coming then this isn't for you. Katla and Jack are just two good kids who are very different from one another nevertheless they develop feelings for one another.

One of the best things about
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I have been in such an YA funk that i thought I was going to hate this book when I received from the International Book Tours. I am so glad to say that I was wrong in my prediction and very surprised by how much i enjoyed this story.

Getting out of the Vamp, Were and Zombie box, Wendy gives us a story about a girl with the power to decided to whom certain unborn babies, should go to. She is part of the Stork Society, the
4.5/5.0 Stars

Katla has been forced to relocate from sunny California to frigid Minnesota after her parent’s divorce. The adjustment to the rural setting and freezing temperatures is proving to be difficult. Blown off by Wade, the guy she made out with after a serious lapse in judgement, Katla finds herself on the bad side of both him and his catty on again off again girlfriend. She has also managed to become the focus of farm boy Jack’s irritation after a heated conversation involving what Katla
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Stork is one of those rare novels that left me feeling both satisfied and happy. Even though it's set in the cold Minnesota fall, Katla brings a lightness and warmth to the pages. Everything about Stork was perfectly chosen and blended together, from the writing to the plot to the characters.

Katla herself is wonderful. She's a pretty average teenager except for the whole Stork thing. I love that she's interested in fashion, but that doesn't make her a bimbo and it doesn't take the place of her h
Alisha Marie
Let me start out by saying that Stork has one of the most breathtaking covers that I have ever seen. For some reason, the young-adult genre seems to have the most kick-ass covers ever! Maybe it's because the marketing departments want a cover that draws readers in since a lot of people are under the misguided opinion that the young-adult genre is of lower caliber than the "adult" genres. That's what I love about YA. Not only are they better than a lot of "adult" genres, plot-wise, writing-wise, ...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
I absolutely loved Stork. This is a completely new and original storyline to be introduced into YA and I really enjoyed it. Everything about this book was mysterious and mystifying and I couldn't put it down for even a minute. The characters are well-rounded and extremely likable. While there were a few things that some side-characters did that seemed out-of-character, it was easy to get past the minor flaws. I really hope this turns into a series!

At the start of the story, Katla is an unhappy t
Tara SG
* * * * 1/2

--This book in 6 words:

new mythology with witty, laugh-out-loud character

--Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?

The first few times I saw Stork mentioned I skimmed it, then I read Kate’s (I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read) review and added it to my TBR list. When given the chance to review the book, I took it. I am very glad I read this book! It was a hilarious, well-written, unique YA with an ending I didn’t see coming (but that could be because I was so caught up in the book). I wo
NightlyReading Heather
When I first started reading this book, the premise seemed very strange to me. Storks?? As in the bird that delivers babies? Well, yes, sort of. I just had to keep reading and I am so glad that I did. Throughout the book, there were actually two different storylines going and it was fun seeing how it would all play out.

Kat's parents had divorced, her Dad cheated on her Mom. Her mother had decided that she wanted to come back to her old stomping grounds in Minnesota. Kat fills in at her grandfath
Feb 16, 2011 Larissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The sun, the beach and the shops were all a thing of the past for Kat, and so too was a decent cup of coffee. The cold always was her enemy as was bad fashion sense and this small town with its cold climate and lack of style was looking more and more like a place Kat was to call home, whether she liked it or not.

Divorce, a new school and a persistent group of strange old women in even stranger hats make up Kat's experiences in this ancient small town. Then the dreams begin. But none of that has
Carmaletta Hilton
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Stork by Wendy Delsol

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything. Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. B
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

I love this cover as it's the perfect portrayal for Stork's main character, Kat (Katla). If the cover isn't captivating enough, wait till you get into the page's of Stork. Wendy Delsol has done a beautiful job at bringing a unique, paranormal story with the right amount of romance to the YA scene.

Stork follows the story of Katla (Kat), who's recently left LA behind and moved to Minnesota with her mom. This beautiful, hip chic, with a stellar sense of fashion misses the warmer weather of
Joy (joyous reads)
I have had this book fermenting in my currently reading shelf - a week? a week and a half? Maybe even two. It's one of those books that I couldn't really fault for its inability to whet my reading appetite. During those sporadic moments when I was finally able to give it my undivided attention, I found Stork to be just mildly interesting.

To be honest, I was a little reluctant to read this book because the MC seemed like someone I'd avoid reading. I'm not at all interested in fashion so the synop
First of all let me say that I like the character Katla. Ok, the plot starts out with a fairly common theme, a girl (Katla) with newly divorced parents, in a new town, new high school, no friends. Followed by Katla somehow getting on the wrong side of the two most popular kids in the new school. It's a good start and as we get to know more about her and as she starts to make friends, and as a possible love interest enters the scene, all continues to go well.
Having started with that, let me say t
Katie Joiner
For what it was, this book was very good. The charecters were sincere and dynamic; the plot was engaging and different; the prose was well-done and interesting. It held my intrest.
While I liked Kat, I didn't love her. I wasn't invested in her the way I was while reading, say The Perks of Being a Wallflower , ]The Handmaid's Tale or even Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
And the relationship between Jack and her seemed too gooey. Too sudden, and intense, and completely cliche. The idea
I had heard mixed reviews about this one, so I went in with lower expectations for it and it surprised me. I found that I really liked it. I listed to of it all in one day at work and was almost mad when the end of my work day came.

I did find some things to be pretty predictable, but was ok with that. I liked that the kids were able to learn about themselves and each other at their pace. I loved the gathering of the old ladies! They were such a hoot!! I also loved how the old myths were so pre
Book Angel Emma
Lovely fresh idea interwoven with stunning Nors mythology. Although the outline to the mythological stories are given, it does help to have a basic knowledge of these stories to add depth to the plot.

Told in first person narrative from Katla perspective. I thought she started off being a bit of a 'brat' but as the story unfolds we gain perspective as to why she is behaving in such a manner. Her characters really does develop right through the plot, gaining self knowledge and respect for the past
This book has a lot of potential. I think the YA genre has grown in making better developed plots and characters so I may have liked this book if I were to have read it when it came out as a-posed to reading it now. I like the idea being the stork myth. I thought that was a unique idea to bring to a young adult book.

However, I found the beginning to be very slow. Yes, the main character did find out she was a stork in the first chapter, but I still think it could have been a little bit more deve
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by John Jacobson, aka "R.J. Jacobs" for

Katla is a city girl. Fashion, Starbucks, it's all a part of her life. Well, it was. After the discovery of her parents' planned divorced, Katla and her mother return to their roots - a small town called Norse Falls up in the mountains of Minnesota. Pretty much everyone in town is a descendant of the Vikings, or Norsefolk, including Katla and her mother. But Katla's only half - her father's roots are French. Katla comes to town wit
Brooke  T
I can't believe how fantastic this book was! I am originally from Minnesota, so when I first began the book there were some cliches about Minnesota that I didn't like, but it definitely grew on me and everything was for a reason and Minnesota was the perfect location for this book.

The story isn't so much as Katla being a Stork as it is about her finding out about new things everyday about her past. There is so much mystery and suspense. Wendy Delsol did an amazing job with sorting the whole stor
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Young Adult Paranormal


Stork is the first book in the series with the same name by Wendy Delsol. It is told in the POV of Katla Gudron LeBlanc who finds that she is living in the great white north of Minnesota and has a destiny and a past she had no prior knowledge of.

Norse Falls, Minnesota, is where half of the population is descended from Iceland or they have a past linked to Nordic mythology of Asgard and Midgard. They have names like Huldabron, Hilda, Fru Birta and
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Wendy Delsol is the author of a young adult trilogy: STORK (2010), FROST (2011), and FLOCK (2012). The books are inspired by Norse mythology, adventure and Icelandic folklore. STORK was one of 25 titles out of over 1000 to receive a 2010 VOYA Perfect Ten and one of ten to win a 2011 Westchester Fiction Award. Delsol’s adult novel, THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS, was named an August 2011 Barnes ...more
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