• Title: Stork (Playaway Children)
  • Author: Tk, Julia Whelan, Wendy Delsol
  • Released: 2010-10-12
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 1441892044
  • ISBN13: 978-1441892041
  • ASIN: 1441892044
From School Library Journal Grade 7 Up—Katla Leblanc has recently moved from LA to northern Minnesota, the ancestral home of her mother's family. The story immediately takes on a magical twist when she is summoned to the scary basement of a seemingly abandoned fabric shop only to find a chair being held for her among a circle of old women. It's a secret meeting of the Aslendigas Storkur Society—storks who recommend and vote on the placement of new souls in "vessels." Couple that with the new boy who apparently knows her from "before," and you have the making of a breathtaking urban fantasy. Delsol uses colloquialisms and rich language to create vivid characters and detailed settings. The inclusion of Nordic mythology and a sense of fate add to the tenor of mysticism, and the two young men in Katla's life, one of whom might be posing a danger to her, add interest and suspense.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL
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From When her parents divorce, 16-year-old Katla Leblanc and her mother leave Los Angeles for the tiny rural Minnesota town where her mother grew up. Fashionista Katla misses Starbucks and shopping but is soon absorbed with her inadvertent and unwanted induction into the Icelandic Stork Society, an ancient order of local women who pair up unborn babies with would-be mothers. Then there’s Jack Snjosson, the gorgeous, brooding farm boy who seems fascinated with Katla—when he is not being rude and distant. (It turns out that Jack and Katla have met before, in a traumatic near-drowning accident five years earlier.) This snappy, lighthearted supernatural romance blends Norse mythology and contemporary issues with an easy touch. Although not as deep a read as something from Shannon Hale or Donna Jo Napoli, Delsol’s debut novel offers an engaging, humorous narrative voice along with the comfortable predictability of the folklore on which it draws. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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