Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book Review: Wonderland Creek

A book about a girl who reads too much—who could resist?! Wonderland Creek is the story of Alice, a young woman whose teachers recommended she give up the idea of becoming a teacher and become a librarian instead. Alice related better to her books than to the people in her world. But when her fiancé breaks their engagement and she loses her dream job, Alice decides its time to run and hide. Taking books collected for an impoverished community, she hitches a ride with her aunt and uncle who drop her off on the steps of Acorn’s public library, promising to pick her up within two weeks. But the creek running through Acorn isn’t named Wonderland for nothing, and Alice quickly finds herself caught up in the adventure that will forever change her life.

Alice in Wonderland, the book (I’ve never seen the movie.), was too intense for me—like the Wizard of Oz, it gave me nightmares. Wonderland Creek had the same level of intensity in some places, making me want to throw the book across the room. I kept reading, though, and in the end, decided I really liked this story. It was kind of a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Catherine Marshall’s Christy, if you can imagine such a thing. I loved most of the characters and the historical setting—the great depression, the New Deal, packhorse librarians, unionization, and the conservation corps. The ending was perfect for the story. It’s one I recommend; just be ready to hang on tight in spots when unbelievable plot twists may temporarily frustrate you.

Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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