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The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood

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The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood

Willa Jane Mackenzie has been having a tough time ever since her parents decided to get a divorce. Willa and her Mama have been living with her maternal grandmother, Grandma Cookie, whose mean comments seem to give added stress to the otherwise already stressed-out 10-year-old. Meanwhile, Willa's father sends letters to her from California while he pursues a college education.

One night Willa has a strange dream that she takes as a sign of change for her and her mother. They leave Grandma Cookie's house in the city and head to the country town of Plunkit, where her Uncle Andrew's farmhouse is. Willa has always enjoyed being out in the country and is happy when her Mama decides to buy a house there. Willa is in for a big surprise, however, when she notices Wicket's Road, which looks similar to a place in her dream. When her Mama decides to buy what is actually a trailer in the woods, Willa is skeptical but is drawn to the surrounding land. With some hard work, the family turns the once run-down trailer and land into a real home. Soon afterwards, Willa meets the odd but kind Hazel Wicket.

Hazel looks after Willa while her mother works part-time in an old bookstore in exchange for Willa's help around the elderly woman's home and land. The work is hard since Hazel's home doesn't have electricity, but soon Willa and Hazel have a daily routine that's comforting to them. Each day that Willa spends with Hazel, the elderly woman tells her some of the amusing story about Little Voodoo Creek and the family of good-natured fairies that lives in an old tree stump. Willa knows that it's just a story, but when she notices more strange things happening, she begins to wonder if Hazel's tales of the Fairies of Nutfolk Wood are true.

THE FAIRIES OF NUTFOLK WOOD is a magical story of fairies set in North America. I've always liked old-fashioned stories about fairies and found this one to be another classic that readers young and old will enjoy. While a story of magic, the novel is also about a young girl's discovery of the changing world around her as she grows up, and the family and friends who support her while she's going through a confusing time in her life. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on May 23, 2006

The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood
by Barb Bentler Ullman

  • Publication Date: May 23, 2006
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0060736143
  • ISBN-13: 9780060736149