O'Roark Dowell, F. (2010). Falling in. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Reading/Interest Level:Ages 8-12
Similar Titles: Alice in Wonderland
Plot: Living in her own world, sixth grader Isabelle Bean has a hard time fitting in. She has no one in the world but her mother, and that mother has a hard time understanding her daughter. Isabelle longs for a place to belong and she thinks she may have found that when she opens a closet door and falls into a completely different world where there are witches who eat children and other strange things. Isabelle has to work hard at convincing the children that she herself is not a witch and then to help them overcome their fears.
Personal Thoughts: This is an interesting book about fitting in. The author does a good job in creating a world that seems very real. The read is quick and interesting and the characters help move the story along. Throughout the book, Dowell adds little comments to the reader – which could bother some people. Overall, I liked the book and the message that it sent – about labels and misconceptions.