Thursday, February 10, 2011


Stork by Wendy Delsol (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010).

Transplanted from trendy LA to the frozen wilds of Minnesota, Katla can't believe she's behind the counter of her grandfather's general store literally scratching her head. She's gotten off on the wrong foot by getting drunk with the wrong guy the night before school starts, pissing off his girlfriend, and then another hot guy shows up at the store and seems to think she should remember him. Argh. She hasn't been to this town since she was six, for heaven's sake. Now she finds herself immersed in family drama and ancient magic, all while she's freezing her butt off. Who knew that her Norse heritage would give her special powers? Yet a light draws her across the street to a seemingly abandoned fabric store owned by an ancient woman, who opens the door for Katla and sweeps her into the special world of the Storks. They are all old ladies, and now Katla is one of them! They are tasked with placing babies in the right families, using their unique magical abilities. And there's more magic in the arctic air, fed by the Norse sagas of the town's Viking heritage, as Katla discovers.

Engaging romance with supernatural elements. Recommended for ages 13 & up. Sexual situations, alcohol.

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