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Stork (Stork #1)

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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
Jun 09, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it liked it
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: Ginny
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
Sep 23, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing

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!
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
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
 Queen of Sunshine and Puppies!
OMG! I loved this book it was so sweet!! Also this books ending was prob my favorite book ending EVER!!
Aug 09, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it it was ok
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 it was amazing
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
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
Jun 01, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2015 Sarrah rated it liked it
Stork is a wonderful written book with twists and turns that not even the most avid readers could ever predict. Miss Katla Leblanc screams California girl in every aspect with the exception of her Icelandic roots. When her mother decides to box up their Cali days and ship them to cold snowy Minnesota, things start to get a bit on the weird side. Parent trouble, a new school, boy problems, and not to forget, being a part of the Icelandic Stork Society. Say what?! Minnesota went way above and beyo ...more
Emily Koelpien
Oct 21, 2015 Emily Koelpien rated it liked it
Rating: 3 Stars

This book starts us off with a platinum-blonde Californian out of her element, caught in the bitter coldness that early fall brings. Katla LeBlanc, henceforth to be known as Kat, is newly relocated to a Minnesota town with an Icelandic heritage, along with her mother, following a recent divorce. Kat is working in her grandfather’s store, wearing a beret owned by Afi (her grandfather), seeing as Kat had a recently developed a bad rash atop her head. In addition to the odd new rash
Apr 01, 2016 Suna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: en-11

*This review includes detailed spoilers of the book.

Katla Leblanc is a girl who has a ice-blond hair and outstanding fashion sense. Following her divorced mother, she moves to Iceland from California. When she is working at her grandfather's store, she finds a fabric store and go into there. Fru Hulda, the owner of the store, notices Kat is the sign of Stork and introduces other Stork members. Despite other Stork members' disagreements, Hulda lets Kat to sit on the second chair, the position

LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
"I couldn't imagine getting into that conversation anyway. Excuse me, ma'am, but you smell like dried unicorn dung, so I'm going to beam a hovering soul into you. It's a girl, by the way. She's going to like butterflies and be lactose intolerant. Congratulations!" Stork, p. 88

A fun, light read based loosely off of various Norse legends. I liked the story, along with the worldbuilding and original concept.

Katla happens to suffer from America Singer-itis. She comes off as whiny and annoying at fir
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
May 01, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-fantasy
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
Oct 05, 2010 Larissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, to-review, ibt
{Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life"

The Good:

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
Aug 01, 2010 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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)
Dec 22, 2011 Erin (Bookish in a Box) rated it it was amazing
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)
Feb 03, 2011 Bailey (IB Book Blogging) rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2010 Tara SG rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
* * * * 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
May 23, 2011 NightlyReading rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Oct 22, 2010 Carmaletta Hilton rated it it was ok
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Lily (WhoLockian)
Jan 25, 2011 Lily (WhoLockian) rated it it was amazing
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)
Nov 25, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it liked it
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
Mar 28, 2011 Alan rated it liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 Katie Joiner rated it liked it
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
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