Zoe in Wonderland

zoe-in-wonderlandWritten by Brenda Woods

I picked up this book because of the wonderful cover. This story about an eleven year old girl dealing with self-esteem issues, loss, fitting in, and change is a universal tale. Zoe isn’t confident like her older sister and isn’t as smart as her younger brother. She loves to help her father in his greenhouse and being with her best, and only, friend Quincy. One day a man walks into her dad’s plant shop and asks about a baobab tree. Zoe and Quincy decide to grow one of these mysterious, endangered plants. While the baobab grows, so does Zoe as she faces saying good-bye to Quincy, making a new friend, and finding peace with her family. I appreciated that Woods told her story so that Zoe could be any girl, from anywhere, and even in any time. It made her very relatable to readers. An enjoyable book.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6

Author Website: http://www.brendawoods.net/

Zoe in Wonderland
Written by Brenda Woods
Nancy Paulsen Books
196 pages
Release Date: August 16, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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1 thought on “Zoe in Wonderland”

  1. This sounds like a great book for students, and even adults, in the same situation. Thanks for the review!

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