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Review: The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn by Kate Gordon

October 5, 2020

About the Book:

Lonely orphan Wonder Quinn lives in the attic of Direleafe Hall with only a gloomy crow for company. Every year she hopes to make a true friend and every year her heart breaks when she doesn’t. But when a spirited new student, Mabel Clattersham, befriends her in class, Wonder’s dreams seem to be coming true. As the girls grow closer, Wonder discovers her friend has a list of strange wishes: Throw a pie, leap into the sky, break someone’s heart … What is Mabel’s big secret? Can Wonder protect her heart from being broken all over again? The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn is an enchanting fairytale celebrating friendship, bravery and the importance of staying true to yourself.

My thoughts:

Wonder Quinn is lonely. An orphan who lives at Direleafe Hall, she has only a crow to keep her company. Until Mabel arrives at Wonder’s school. Finally Wonder has a friend and together the two girls SOAR. But will it last? Mabel’s list of wishes provides a clue.

This is glorious. You should get this MG (Middle Grade) story immediately. Beautifully written, emotional and heartbreaking, this story of friendship and loss tugs at the heartstrings in the best way. Author Kate Gordon has a gift for storytelling. Her prose sweeps you away and engages all the FEELS. I read it in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down.

If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, you will LOVE this.


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