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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,848 ratings  ·  516 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 Press (MA)
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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
May 27, 2011 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
Apr 11, 2011 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!
Aug 07, 2011 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. I
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 (Omnom Books)
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
2...point 5 stars?

I don't know quite how to rate this book. On the one hand, it made me feel like this:

But at the same time, there were elements of this story that were really cool...

I like that this book twists mythology and fairy tales to create a new mythos: one where old women determine who gets what child. I felt this book offered an intriguing picture of babies pre-conception, waiting to be born. It was fun to think of their mission and the placement of children.
However, despite the creat
The Feline Felon
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I loved this book it was so sweet!! Also this books ending was prob my favorite book ending EVER!!
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 19, 2011 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
First off, the setting.


There is no such thing as "Minnesota-nice". And if there was, and there isn't, Minnesotans would not refer to it as "Minnesota-nice."

Yokels? Hicks? Alberta Clippers?

Something the Minnesota yokels referred to as an Alberta Clipper was bearing down from the north.

Wha..? I have never ever heard anything referred to as an "Alberta Clipper


Uncultured hicks with poofy hair, hideous clothing, and a hate for all things "civilized"?

No. Please, we're not North Dakota.

Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I have good things to say about Stork by Wendy Delsol. Wendy brings a fresh new take to the paranormal genre and lets the readers explore the idea of “Storks.” I doubt anyone would want to go around announcing that they were storks or that they believed in the stork long after the time they have had their birds and the bees talk. Katla is a fun character and engaging character. It is much easier to like a book if you like the main character, eh? And imagine having to spend a lot of time with a g ...more
Emily Koelpien
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 ½ 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 ras
Mar 04, 2016 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 positio

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
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
*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 an
Carmaletta Hilton
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Dec 22, 2011 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
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Feb 03, 2011 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
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
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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
Jan 25, 2011 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
Mar 05, 2014 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
Katie Joiner
Dec 28, 2011 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
heather - NightlyReading
Mar 28, 2011 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
May 04, 2010 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
Joy (joyous reads)
Apr 26, 2011 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
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review, arc, 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
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
"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
Oct 18, 2010 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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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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