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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
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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick
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Flannery


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
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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
Jessica
Sep 23, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK UNTIL NOW?!

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!
Kogiopsis
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 ...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
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 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!!
TheBookSmugglers
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
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Jenna
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 ...more
Kate
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
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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
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Suna
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

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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
Shelley
Jul 21, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Young Adult Paranormal

*Review*

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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Maggie Dore
Oct 02, 2016 Maggie Dore rated it did not like it
5 stars? Never. Good? No. Worth it? **cough cough** NOPE.
No. No. No. Please tell me that this book was a joke. A mess up. A mistake.
Not only from it's creepy "stalker look" on the cover or the terrible writing, but this book was a fail. The idea of the story was long and draggy, and totally pointless.
I recommend this to no one, unless you person really want to.
Long story short, this was a waste of time.
Carmaletta Hilton
Oct 22, 2010 Carmaletta Hilton rated it it was ok
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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
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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
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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
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Dani
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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Kate
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. ...more
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
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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.
But.
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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NightlyReading
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
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Christie
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
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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
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Larissa
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
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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
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Emma
Nov 08, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
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
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Amber
Jul 29, 2013 Amber rated it liked it
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
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Alan
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
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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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