The Wild Book

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 20, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.

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User Review  - BethanyKisner - LibraryThing

Summary: Fefa is living in Cuba and has been diagnosed with word blindness. She has. Hard time reading and feels like the words crawl like slippery. She is constantly teased for her reading issues ... Read full review

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User Review  - abbylibrarian - LibraryThing

Margarita Engle's books are just not my thing. I don't really feel like I get to know characters through the verse format. I think I liked this one a little better than some of her others, but it's just not really my favorite thing to read. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Margarita Engle is the award-winning author of the Newbery Honor book The Surrender Tree, as well as The Poet Slave of Cuba, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, and Hurricane Dancers. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her at