by Linda Sue Park
illustrated by Jim Madsen
HarperCollins, March 1, 2016
352 pages, ages 8-12
Forest of Wonders
Wing & Claw: Book One of Three
Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions—including his own—might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect.
The first book in a trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.
Awards and Recognition
2017 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
Brightly, 16 Great Middle Grade Books to Read in 2016
Junior Library Guild selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2016