In Darkling Wood

In Darkling Wood

Book - 2015
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When Alice goes to stay with her grandmother she discovers the magical Darkling Wood, where she meets a strange friend and discovers letters written between a brother and sister during WWI.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780399556012
Branch Call Number: jFIC Carr
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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MissLauraStorytime Jul 07, 2017

In Darkling Wood is a book that kids in grades 3 & up will enjoy reading, for the people in Alice's family, and Alice herself, who have genuine life struggles, for the ways in which they handle (or avoid handling) those struggles, for the setting of Darkling Wood, and for Alice's adventures there. The letters from Alice's grandmother's past that are included in the book as the family link with Darkling Wood will best be understood by kids who have some knowledge of WWI, but this can be provided by a teacher or parent as well. Ultimately, this is a pleasant and engaging read that presents Alice with a set of challenges that she works hard to overcome, and she does so in a way that kids can identify with. Kids will also like the fairy tale element that the Darkling Wood puts into the middle of a realistic story.

martha_w Mar 22, 2017

I really enjoyed this, for a lot of reasons -- I liked the feel it had of a sort of modern day fairy tale, in the sense that it wasn't straight up fantasy so much as magical realism. I liked the main character, Alice, and all the members of her family, whom Carroll writes as being flawed people dealing with something really tough (her little brother just had a heart transplant) and not often handling it as well as they could. I liked the elements of the past that were woven in through WWI-era letters from a girl to her brother on the front. I loved how oh-so-British this was. It was just a quiet, lovely story.


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