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The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
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Jun 28, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

A story told in verse about a young girl who struggles with dyslexia. The author used her grandmother's stories about her childhood growing up on a farm in the early 1900s during the time following Cuba's wars for independence from Spain.

What most impressed me about this book was the feel for time and place the author gave me as she created the setting for this tale. The honesty with which she deals with the young girl's struggle with reading is great. I think it is relatable and explained so well that readers unfamiliar with dyslexia will walk away with a new understanding of what it feels like from the inside out. A word of warning: there are some difficult scenes in this book. The scene in which Fefa's older brother almost fatally wounds himself when he drunkenly dances with a gun is tense and dramatic. Recommended for middle grade readers.

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