Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Isabelle Bean doesn’t quite fit in.  She’s a quiet girl (but isn’t shy), who talks in riddles (but is never rude).  Her teachers, classmates and even her own mother can’t seem to figure her out.  A fall through a door in the nurses’s office sets Isabelle off on an adventure to figure out who she is and where she belongs.

The world Isabelle falls into is like something out of a fairy tale; fairies stealing babies, witches hunting children.  Despite the fact that the children she meets are running away from the witch, Isabelle thinks it might be interesting to meet one.  She tricks a lost girl named Hen into accompanying her on her journey but instead of a witch, the girls find Grete, a healer who lives alone in the woods.  As Grete teaches Isabelle and Hen the ways of her craft, secrets are revealed and Isabelle finds herself faced with an important decision and shocking information about her true identity.

Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Juvenile Fiction | 256 pages | March 2010 | Atheneum | 141695032X  | Library copy
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