Cress Watercress adventures into Hunter's Wood with her mother, and her little brother Kip. Cress is frustrated and sometimes frightened by her new surroundings and the new creatures she encounters. There's humor, along with some menace, in this complex neighborhood and Cress is no simple bunny - she's taking risks and avoiding them too, wondering what to want and what's enough. Gregory Maguire's writing is energetic and surprising - every character has a distinctive voice: "Make a note of it!"The luminous, jewel-toned illustrations from David Litchfield saturate the pages and set this book entirely apart. I can't decide if this is a perfect solo-reading adventure or chapter-a-night read-aloud, but I loved Cress Watercress.
An inventive and original middle grade debut! The City juts out of the water like a shard of glass, mostly submerged beneath the waves. As the last city on earth, superstition and zealotry reign. When Ellie (an orphaned inventor) pulls a boy out of a beached whale, he is immediately suspected of being the new Vessel for the Enemy, an ancient immortal who's bent on leaving chaos and destruction in its wake. Ellie will stop at nothing to save him, but it could cost her everything.