The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
Published September 26th, 2016 by Candlewick Press
Genres Middle Grade, Fantasy
Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name — a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck — it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name — Arthur, like the good king in the old stories — and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.
The hardcover edition of this book is beautiful, both the cover and the inside pages and illustrations. So if you are planning on purchasing this book, I highly recommend buying the hardcover edition. With that being said, this was an enjoyable middle grade fantasy book that I think can be enjoyed by all ages. I really enjoyed the author’s writing, it is quite beautiful and she had created quite the magical world. This book also deals with issues such courage and learning to find a sense of belonging. The characters were interesting, the story itself was quite magical and the author writes beautifully. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.