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The Water and the Wild

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  136 reviews
A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Chronicle Books
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The Water and the Wild is about a girl.

The girl had a name. The teachers who read roll at Kemble School called off Charlotte G. Fiske, though she preferred to be called Lottie and, out of respect for her wishes, that is what the author will call her, too. Unlike Mrs. Yates, who had prematurely wrinkled and stooped like wilted spinach, Lottie looked much younger than her twelve years. She had grown up to have a tangled mess of lemony hair, a face smattered with freckles, and gray eyes that fright
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lottie Fiske is a stubborn girl, but a sweet one. She seems so ordinary with her lemony hair, periwinkle coat, and cranky guardian, but within her is more gumption and kindness and bravery than even she knows. And outside is a world more miraculous still.

Her secret correspondent, who grants birthday wishes and leaves them inside the old apple tree, is only the beginning of her introduction to this wondrous world (or worlds). All she has to do is ask and he complies. So, when her best friend's s
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fearless-15ers
This book is richly imagined with such compelling characters and high stakes. I'm in awe of the author's storytelling and look forward to more!
Sandra Waugh
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The way stories used to feel--enchanted.
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marianne Dreams (The Magic Drawing Pencil, #1) by Catherine Storr meets Abby Linford and Her Imaginary Friend by Christopher J. Smith meets Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson in The Water and the Wild; it's one of the better middle grade books I've read in a long time. It's a novel about friendship, love and adventure, all written amazingly and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. All the characters are likeable in their own way, and Lottie and Eliot's friendship is really powerful and intense; they'd do anything for each other and it's not easy to find characters like that in children's books these days. Every character was original, an ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on a whim in a bookstore without having heard anything about it because the cover design was just beautiful- they don't give dodgy books covers this lovely. But even with the sweet cover and charming blurb this was an absolutely wonderful surprise.

It feels like a timeless middle grade read, fitting in with the likes of Frances Hodgson Burnett and E. Nesbit, with the powerful mix of magic and strength and main characters that make you go "awww yeaaaaah!" because they are real lit
Kate Matson
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For as long as Lottie Fiske can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot’s getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless.
And then a door opens in the apple tree.
Follow Lottie down through the apple roots to an
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This and other reviews can be found at wovenwithwords.

I received the book from the author, and this is an honest review.

The Water and the Wild is a children's fantasy book. It follows Lottie as she attempts to navigate a new, fantastical world where they have keens (powers that allow them to have super hearing, taste, etc.) in hopes of curing the incurable, or, in her case, her best friend Elliot's disease. With three new friends, Lottie Fiske is left to deal with learning about a lot of new thi
Vanessa Wojciechowski
OMG! This book sets up such a original and amazing fantasy world full of people and sprites that can do fascinating things. The whole novel was suspenseful and lighthearted and throughout the story you really see every side of Lottie! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I love about this book is......

Kathryn Ormsbee, you got me!
I swear, this book is sooooo sooooo rich in imagination. So wild. and I am blown away.
It is so easy to love this story, seriously. I mean, the way that she describes things,

"Her touch felt like a trickle of cold rain"


"The scents of flowers grew stronger on the night air,
and so did new smells of pine, of smoke, and of fresh-fallen water."


It makes me want to follow these kids, wherever th
Laurie McKay
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to read the next book! While this story is nice and complete, there's more I want to know about the characters and about the world of sprites and wisps. I want to know what happens to Lottie, Fife, Oliver, Ada, and Eliot next. This is a great book with a magical and dangerous world and with likable characters. I want to spend more time with them and their enchanted land. And I want to root shoot.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly fun and creative middle grade fantasy starring a cast of characters that I didn't want to leave by the time I turned the final page. This book has heart and a tongue-in-cheek charm that recalled some of the great books in the genre that came before it (THE HOBBIT, BREADCRUMBS) while simultaneously feeling wholly original. Very recommended!
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book began well. The writing was fresh, and the feel of the world was interesting, but a few chapters in and the quality faded. The main weaknesses:

1. The book needs editing. When Ormsbee writes dialogue in particular, the artifice never quite goes away. The reader should be able to forget the writing and feel like the conversation is natural, but to me, it felt contrived, and much of it seemed to be an excuse to provide background (which is okay, but it felt like that was what it was doing
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was so quirky and wonderfully written, and I loved the characters. I immediately identified with Lottie, the strange little girl who doesn't quite seem to fit in and who has panic attacks quite frequently. I saw a lot of myself in her, and I loved her unique personality.

If I had to pick a favorite character, however, it would probably be the mischievous Fife. He was just so snarky and fun. I really can't hate on any of the characters though; they all had wonderfu
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
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Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.

"Existing can be brave enough some days, don't you think?"

Lottie Fiske has only one friend, Elliot. Two if you include apple trees. Three if you include a mysterious letter writer who sends her gifts on her birthday. This year Lottie has only one request, she wants Elliot cured of his incurable sickness. Getting the cure might be a little more c
Angelique Miller
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wowwww. I'm amazed at this book. But, first of all, just look at that cover!!! Talk about eye-catching! All aesthetics aside, the actual storyline was completely and utterly captivating. I was swept away into Lottie's world of friendships, magic, and loyalty. Now, I can't write a review about this book without mentioning FIFE!!!! Such a fun, charismatic character, and he made me laugh several times throughout this series. By faaaar my favorite character.

I cannot recommend this book enough.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lottie, who thinks of herself as an ordinary girl, ends up on a magical adventure to save her best friend Elliot. Looking for a cure for his illness, Lottie finds a door in the apple tree. Going through it brings her to a magical land and the adventure of her life. Lottie meets some other children who are trying to save their father. They all set off for a distant land on a journey of danger, betrayal, and magic. As she learns more about her escorts, she also learns about her deceased parents an ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So magical! I absolutely adore all of the characters and being a part of their journey. Harry Potter was probably the last children's series I read, and TW&TW is exceptional like both HP and Chronicles of Narnia. I've read/heard the first chapter quite a few times and never get tired of it. Can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Gail Nall
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, middle-grade, 15ers
LOVE! This is such a richly-imagined book, with a world that's so easy to fall into. I didn't want to leave! I adored the characters, Lottie in particular. And the use of language is just *swoon*'s amazingly well-written. Highly recommended!
Brianna Belbin
Ormsbee does a fantastic job with this story! She created a magical atmosphere and enchanting characters. On Lottie’s adventures she discovers many things about herself, a new world, and forges new friendships. The Water and the Wild reminded me of a mash up of many different children’s books, but it was still unique enough to be its own. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series to see what happens next!
Nigel has an amazing talent of bringing this story and everything in it to life. His perf
Megan (ReadingRover)
This is a wonderful story about Lottie Fiske a supposedly ordinary orphan on a quest through a magical world looking for an impossible cure to save her one and only friend. The story is about friendship, perseverance and finding your place in the world. There is a winding plot, characters with depth and a fantastically built world. There were times where the story lagged a bit in the middle but not too much.
Listening to the audiobook was like being a part of a fairytale. It is something that sh
Rachel Patrick
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

4.5 stars!

I first heard about The Water and the Wild when the cover popped up on my Twitter feed, and I immediately went "PRETTY COVER WHAT IS THIS BOOK I MUST HAVE IT." For months I pined for this book and then a copy fell into my hands, and I was able to read the book and fall down a magical apple tree and into a world full of fantasies. I hyped myself up a bit for this book, but it fort
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The Water and the Wild is described as being for ages 8 to 12—but that greatly underestimates its charms. This novel travels between present day mediocrity and timeless fantasy laced with both menace and magic. Our present-day heroine, Lottie Fiske, is an orphan being raised by a guardian who cares little (really, not at all) for her. Lottie’s a poor fit in the local school because, “She had the audacity to not be very pretty or rich or even stupid, and at least one of the qualities was essentia ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
In "The Water and the Wild," K.E. Ormsbee places the archetypal undervalued orphan prodigy (think Harry Potter) within steps of an apple tree that serves as a portal through which she can travel to another world full of wisps, sprites, and political intrigue. The enchanting parallel universe features cleverly and imaginatively drawn humanoid communities, magic, and scenery. Unfortunately, the book isn't perfect.

With the exception of an unavailable father figure and a few one dimensional strange
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
3.5 stars, nearly close enough to round up but not enough for me to warrant it.

I will readily admit that I bought this book first for its beautiful cover. There is another version that looks like paper mache that is even more stunning- it was the one I had originally found online and piqued my interest- but I think the cover of the version I bought is just as enchanting. This is a fun fantasy adventure full of magical creatures and abilities. Lottie is a headstrong girl determined to help her fr
Destiny Soria
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I am close friends with the author, but my opinions are entirely my own.]

With a wit akin to E. Nesbit, a lyricism reminiscent of Frances Hodgson Burnett, and a whimsicality all its own, THE WATER AND THE WILD is a book for anyone who loves fantastic adventures in magical lands.

Lottie is an odd child, with a periwinkle coat and a head full of fancy. And Lottie has a secret. Every year on her birthday, a gift from a mysterious benefactor appears in the copper box beneath her bel
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

The Water and the Wild is the kind of middle grade novel that reminds me why I haven’t stopped reading them. Ormsbee’s prose is gorgeous, and the story magical.

Ormsbee throws references to a number of classic tales, most notably Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spenser’s The Fairy Queen. Achieving a novel that will have equal but varied appeal to young readers and adults a like is tough to do but I think Ormsbee has pulled it off.

The characters shine, but I still wish the book
Katie Carroll
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure. I loved it so much that I didn’t want it to end! From the very beginning, I was snickering at the descriptions of characters and scenes. Some of them were so perfect and imaginative that they stuck in my mind permanently! Mrs. Yates, the widow who raised the main character, Lottie, was described as having “the squinched face of a crow that had rammed its beak into one too many windowpanes.” Hilarious!

The other thing that makes "The Water and the Wild" a new favorite is
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Huge thank you to Raincoast Books for this ARC!

Admittedly, I had never heard of The Water and the Wild, but after reading the description, I knew it was my kind of book. Full of imagination and creativity, K.E Ormsbee's debut is really quite delightful.

I think the main draw of The Water and the Wild is its rich storytelling. Ormsbee captures the reader's imagination, painting vivid pictures of the world in which Lottie and her companions inhabit. The book is filled with lush description, char
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K.E. Ormsbee writes books, cooks food, & records podcasts in Austin, TX. She is the author of the WATER AND THE WILD fantasy trilogy (Chronicle Books and Gumption Press), folk mystery THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD (Chronicle Books), and the upcoming sci-fi adventure MIDNIGHT ON STRANGE STREET (Disney-Hyperion, January 2020).

She also writes Young Adult novels as Kathryn Ormsbee: LUCKY FEW, TASH HEARTS

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