“Sometimes anger is a good, true thing, because the world is so often unfair, and unfairness deserves to be acknowledged. But all too often, anger is another feeling in its Sunday clothes, sadness or envy or–most dangerous of all–fear.” ~ A. Deborah Baker
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
Published by: Tor.com, 2020
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Re-readability: This one is definitely re-readable.
Reviewed by: Indiana
Synopsis from the publisher:
“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 low 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.”
This bite of a book is an atmospheric adventure filled with creatures both familiar and strange. Told in lyrical language, the tale takes these two seemingly ordinary children on an adventure to a different world that’s just a street (and a wall) away. Avery and Zib must hold tight to one another as they wend their way through the world to the Impossible City on a quest to get home. They meet a few foes and friends, like the Crow Girl, who is made up of dozens of crows and a few secrets, and the Page of Frozen Waters, whose smile is as sharp as her icy trident.
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, especially on these chillier days. This was the first book by Baker (AKA Seanan McGuire) that I’ve ever read and it definitely whetted my appetite for her others.
Can anyone recommend another one of Baker’s/McGuire’s to read next?