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Book Review: Over the Woodward Wall

Writing as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens in Over the Woodward Wall, an exceptional tale for readers who are young at heart.

If you trust her you’ll never make it home…


Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.

Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.

They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.

On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.

And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Even though this book is for younger viewers, I really enjoyed it. I do think the setup for the book could have been a little better but the fact that it is for younger readers, I can see why they did it quickly. 

The thing I love about this author is he is a true story teller. Everything is so beautifully descriptive and well written. I loved this and I thought it was whimsical (and a bit terrifying!)

I highly recommend grabbing this and reading it immediately!

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.