Over the Woodward Wall: The Up and Under book 1

 Author: A. Deborah Baker

Genre: Portal fantasy

Age: MG

Summary: A boy and girl who live in the same town, on the same street, and go to completely different schools. In all their life have never met each other. One day while walking to school they come across a wall in their path. There only one way to go and that up and over the wall. 

Review: Over the Woodward Wall has this classic kid's fantasy book take to it. It follows the same bets of other classic kid's books where the kids go into another fantasy world and have an adventure.

The two main characters, Zeb and Avery are the opposite of each other character traits. Zeb is free spirited, likes to go running through the woods, and longs for an adventure of her own. Avery likes to be neat and clean. He prefers to stay inside and read books. Avery has this Bilbo Baggins attitude towards an adventure.

"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!" -The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The whole world has this Land of OZ feel to it. The kids have to follow a brick road to a city and they meet these odd creatures, as well as running into some curl kings and queens along the way.

I find the story to be inconsistent. The Crow girl said that the Queen of Swords made her and then later in the story she said the King of Cups made her. Another time the Crow girl said that the Queen of Wands is missing and then when the owls told everyone that the Queen of Wands is missing, the Crow girl act all by surprise. That makes no sense. Maybe it is intentional because the Crow girl does lie.

There are two chapters in the book that could have been switch around and not lose any of the stories. Zeb didn't have to tell Avery what happen when he was climbing the cliff.

Other than that this is a good story even those the story is familiar to older readers in some shape or form. Young readers will enjoy this nonetheless.

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