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The Wikkeling

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  307 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In the enormous city of the Addition, all children are SAFE, SECURE, and SUPERVISED, and are watched by cameras even while they sleep. Henrietta is unlikable at her competitive school until she meets Gary and Rose. They all share something in common: headaches with an unknown cause. Then, late one night, Henrietta makes a startling discovery when she finds a wounded cat in ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Running Press Kids (first published May 3rd 2011)
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This book was so good!!! I don't usually judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I'm glad I did!! The Wikkeling made me laugh, think and gave me the chills!! From its surprisingly likeable characters to the creepy enemy, this mysterious book had me glued on page 1. If you haven't added this to your library yet, you absolutely need to!!!
I wasn't sure what I would think of this book when I accepted it for review. But it being labeled a dystopian got my attention and I couldn't turn it down. I'm very glad I didn't because this was a fun and unique read. It also had a bit of a quirky tone to it that really made it even better!

This is set in our world in the future and everything is computerized and books are actually considered dangerous (mold can grow on them *gasp*). I got the giggles at times when reading because in school they
Should not have finished this in the middle of the night. Creeeeeeeeepy.

I loved this book, because it is a rare type for kids' fiction. Very creepy, the Wikkeling moves in flashes - straight our of J-horror movies. But the tongue-in-cheek dystopia where everything is super-safe and wired is just great. It's a little sad too, because the clean, safe, super-connected world they live in is too safe, too clean, and too connected. It made me long for things that I still have, like grass, and books,
an intriguing book. Henrietta lives in a world which seems not so far in the future, where everything is electronic and children don't get to act on their natural curiosity because of all the possible DANGERS involved. Advertisements fill the air so there is little hope of silence, and sidewalks, trees, and grass have given way to roads.
But Henrietta's not your typical child; she meets two other friends who are different, and they discover an attic in her house where relics such as books and ca
Lori Conforti
Love this cautionary tale about being too over protective of children and what they are capable of learning and doing - it has a very fairy tale/legend type feel too it with a great sense of humor and a bit of scariness. Very enjoyable and quick to read, I would recommend this for 5th grade and up.
"Henrietta is the main character of this story. The whole book will be about her- and it's worth mentioning at the outset a few things that aren't going to happen to her. She will not become beautiful when someone gives her a new hairstyle. She will not find a miracle cure for her pimples when an angel sees she's a good girl inside. She will not find out that she's actually a princess, and she won't become happy forever when a prince marries her. Those books are out there, and your school librar ...more
Jun 20, 2011 christina is currently reading it
I was really sad that I missed the signing for this, as I really wanted to bring Lilly too, as she and are in the middle of this, and I think it would have been a bit of a thrill to meet the real, live author and of course see the toy boats!

We are really enjoying the book very much, and it is gripping very well developed characters an enjoyably vivid (if creepy) description on this other worldly place, we love it.

And Lilly is 12 and I am over 30 lets say, so that just goes to show what a good ag
D'Arcy Rowe
This book is set in the future and is set around three children: Henrietta, Gary, and Rose. They are all plagued by headaches and nobody knows why they are getting them.

Everything in the future is made out of plastic: houses, books, grass. There are no trees and safety is of the utmost concern. When a child goes to school on the bus they have a lapbelt, two over the shoulder belts, and a harness for their head.

The story follows the three kids in their adventures in Henrietta's attic. Here they
'The Wikkeling' captures beautiful and terrible possibilities with the voice of a smart little girl and a not-unimaginable future. Henrietta, her friends and the world they live in are hyper-analyzed to the point of suffocation, so how could a wild animal be bleeding in the attic? Smart, funny and thought-provoking, with gorgeous illustrations, this mystery unfurls like a plant breaking through concrete: delicate, inevitable, and awesome it its smallness.
I picked this one up because the book design was fabulous. However, there are far too many moving parts in this story for j fiction...even tho there are some really cool bits. As a whole, the book fails, in spite of moments of coolness.
I only gave this two stars, but that's from a grown-up point of view. My 12 year old really liked it, and I think it's a good "starter" dystopia. It takes some aspects of modern life - helicopter parenting, test-driven education, ubiquitous advertising, communication via devices and alienation of personal relationships - and pushes them to an extreme. This is a good way to get a reader to think about those issues in the real world. An especially useful exercise for a Tween! But as an adult reade ...more
i'm excited and freaked out about this book and the potential it has to give me nightmares about creepers with really long fingers. BECAUSE HAVING REALLY LONG FINGERS IS CREEPY.
Where do you go?

So many questions were in my head when I finally finished this book. Why did he tap people's forehead? Why could only Gary, Rose and Henrietta see him? Did they really have house sicknesses? How come the Wikkeling only gave people headaches to those who saw him? In the beginning of this book, I loved it. By the end, my opinion had sort of changed. The way the author made him die wasn't as cool as I thought it would be either. And The Wikkeling wasn't as scary as I thought he woul
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Maybe I should just start reviewing things right after I read them ... because the whole "postponing reviews for later" thing isn't really working out for me. I don't even want to look at my "to-review" shelf but I'm pretty sure it's like almost 30 books at this point. Yikes.

Anyway, I guess I'll review this now. *Ah hem*

I purchased The Wikkeling at a used book store for like $3 a while ago. It immediately stood out to me on the bookshelf because it's a bit more square-shaped than most books. Upo
Victoria Whipple
This is a hard book to describe. Henrietta is a struggling student in a school and a time when everything comes down to the standardized test. OK, so not so far flung, but I love a good satiric rip on standardized testing. Every child in this futuristic world is constantly monitored, and one wonders how the adults in the story are able to fend for not only themselves, but also their families because the children are not allowed any freedom to learn how to take care of themselves. Unless, of cour ...more
This book started out as a 5-star delight, but lost steam as it went along. It narrowed from a witty dystopia full of social commentary and interesting story threads to a linear chase scene. If you're wondering about the attic windows, or the Wikkeling's origins, or Henrift Andi ... SPOILER ALERT ... you won't ever really get an answer. And that is incredibly frustrating.

However, I do still love the following lines, because I think American society today is so full of fear and ridiculous safegua
"Henrietta is the main character of this story. This whole book will be about her—and it’s worth mentioning at the outset a few things that aren’t going to happen to her.

She will not become beautiful when someone gives her a new hairstyle.

She will not find a miracle cure for her pimples when an angel sees she’s a good girl inside.

She will not find out that she’s actually a princess, and she won’t become happy forever when a prince marries her.

Those books are out there, and your school librarian
Every house on Henrietta's street is identical: each one newly made of vinyl and glue with flat roofs sitting behind plastic lawns in their own soundproof and airtight cocoon. Every house, except Henrietta's. Henrietta's house is made of wood, with a sloping roof and an old-fashioned attic. Henrietta's mother thinks that it must be some contaminant in their old house that is causing Henrietta's blinding headaches. But Henrietta knows it isn't the house at all. It's the Wikkeling. Most people can ...more
Stephanie Jobe
This is not a story where the girl become beautiful or the boy gets the girl. Henrietta gets House Sick, terrible headaches because she lives in an old house, not like the nice plastic ones that have taken over the neighborhood. Things begin to change as Henrietta finally makes a friend at school and then the camera in her bedroom stops working and she finds a trapdoor to an attic where there is a wounded Wild House Cat. What does the cat's presence mean? How is the mysterious Wikkeling creature ...more
I picked up this Advance Reader Copy at ALA a few weeks ago and wasn't really sure what to expect, but I'm a sucker for images and illustrations (and free things) so I grabbed it up. And I'm glad I did.

Henrietta is a young girl in the near future, where cell phones tell parents when their children get detention, car horns emit advertisements, and health class is about how everything can (and will) kill you. But when technology in Henrietta's house (the oldest house still standing for miles aroun
I actually picked this book up for my 15 year old during a library trip. he was not interested. weeks later i found it in a pile behind his bed. realizing it was already overdue i figured somebody should at least read it. So i did. it was very intriguing, at first. It takes place in a time in the not too future where everyone is plugged in all the time, kids watched by computers or their cells in order to be kept safe, ongoing traffic jams everywhere, all houses and cars pre fabricated and the s ...more
Destinee Sutton
Henrietta Gad-Fly lives in a world where safety is the number one concern. Her school bus has not only seat belts, but head straps. Her clothes have yellow visibility stripes. Her parents can monitor her 24 hours a day via mobile phone and Bed Cam. That is, until Henrietta's Bed Cam mysteriously breaks, and her adventures into the past begin. Can she and her friends figure out why they get terrible headaches? Or what is going on with the wild house cat in Henrietta's attic? Most importantly, can ...more
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Dystopian visions fill Juvenile shelves these days, and my favorite, so far, is The Wikkeling.

With a view of the not-so-distant future (in which there is a computer on every school desk generating instant scores, indicating instant loss of funding/jobs if the scores don't measure up; constant gridlock on the highways; books as curiosities; hyper-vigilant parents, and gps devices as standard equipment in vehicles)and the author's tongue firmly in cheek, we are introduced to Henrietta Gad-Fly, a
This book caught my attention the first time I saw it on the shelf, because its appearance, size, shape, art, and graphic design made it stand out. Appealingly so. That impression continued as I cracked it open, examined the interior artwork and design, and began to read. I was very happy with the beginning, intrigued by the somewhat mysterious story, engaged by the vaguely strange tone, and amused by the clever social commentary.

However, the further I read, the less impressed I became. The more
The Short of It:

The world that Arnston creates is both scary and magical but most of all…fun.

The Rest of It:

Many of you following me on Facebook or Twitter have probably heard me say (more than once) that The Wikkeling was “strange.” When I first started to read it, I could not shake the creep factor. The cover is freaky and the book itself is not a traditional size. It’s wider, includes lots of handwrtitten script and has creepy illustrations of people without faces. BUT, once I got past the sl
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Creative children's story about a near future time when school work is monitored and evaluated as it is being done, pollution is endemic, and everything including books and houses is made out of plastic. The Wikkeling is a creature that haunts and hurts only those few who can see it. How will Henrietta and her friends deal with this threat when the grown ups in their lives can't believe them?
This one takes a different spin on the "apocalyptic future" concept in junior & young adult fiction. Instead of a dark, sinister world, Henrietta and her friends live in an ultra-safe, ultra-sterile, ultra-modern place where computers rule. While most of the city is new and high-tech, some remnants of the Old Town remain, such as the houses where two of the main characters live. These old homes seem to hold the key to the mystery of "The Wikkeling."

I gave this one 4 stars because there were
I was a bit nervous at first but it was very good and surprisingly funny too. Don't be too weirded out by the cover or the freakishly long fingers. It's still kind of creepy but it isn't too terribly scary. I would classify it as young adult just because I think I would have had nightmares reading it as a child.
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