|Mysterious woods of Whistle Root|
Author: Pennell, Christopher
Eleven-year-old Carly Bean Bitters, an orphan, can only sleep during the day and feels very lonely until she meets a rat, Lewis, and sets off on an adventure to figure out what is threatening the woods and its inhabitants.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 161865
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 61970
Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/13)
School Library Journal (10/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2013 Gr 4–6—This delightful first novel tells the tale of Carly Bean Bitters, an orphan who only sleeps during the day. Living with an uncaring aunt, the 11-year-old is lonely until a violin-playing rat named Lewis recruits her for his moonlit musical trio. She meets a number of his friends who are in danger from owls that are suddenly hostile. She also encounters the dangerous Griddlebeast, intent on destroying Whistle Root Woods. It's up to Carly; her new friend, Green; and his granny to save the precious forest. Charming black-and-white illustrations add to the overall effect of the story, which will remind readers of beloved works by Kate DiCamillo and E. B. White. Pennell offers marvelous characters, incorporates a mythical story within the story, gives readers a suspenseful plot, and creates a genuinely creepy and amoral villain. It's all rather old-fashioned and quite lovely.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.