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Book Review: Out of the Wild

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 4, 2008, 5:03 GMT

Book Review: Out of the Wild

Beware the Wild‚ÄĒit bites. Ever since Julie Marchen helped defeat the fairytale world of the Wild, life‚Äôs been pretty much back to normal. That is, as normal as life can be for a girl whose mom is Rapunzel. Yes, that Rapunzel. Then the Wild mysteriously releases Zel‚Äôs prince (Julie‚Äôs dad!)‚ÄĒa rescue-minded hero who crashes full-speed ahead into the 21st century! (YOU try teaching a 500-year-old prince to use a seatbelt.) ...more

What if the land of fairy tales, also known as the Wild was real, alive and currently residing under your bed? Welcome to twelve-year-old Julie Marchenís world where not only are fairy tales real but if you are very unlucky, you are condemned to living out the tale over and over again. After eating one of the Three Blind Mice, the Wild unaccountably spits out Julieís father, none other then Handsome Prince who rescued her mom, Rapunzel from the lonely tower. Naturally, Julie is delighted to have her Dad back but there are problems, not the least of which is creating a name and identity for a man totally unprepared for the wonders of the modern world.

As Julieís family ponders the ramifications of her fatherís return, he dashes off to rescue a damsel in distress. Meanwhile, the Wild has plans of its own and Julie must set out on a daring cross-country journey in an attempt to not only keep her family safe but find a way to save the world from the Wild. She will have to solve a riddle, walk storybook paths and figure out a way to trick the Wild in order to keep a bit of mystery and magic in the world while protecting its secrets.

Fairy tales spring to life in unexpected ways in this charming tale geared toward the preteen audience. Julie provides a suitably strong female role as she confronts family secrets, copes with the trials of growing up and begins to realize what she is capable of. The imaginative storyline will captivate young readers and parents can rest easy knowing there is nothing here that will give sensitive children nightmares.

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