Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Impossible by Nancy Werlin , 978-0142414910 9.99 paperback


Impossible is a wonderful dark fairy tale based on the folksong Scarborough Fair. In this story Lucy is the latest in a long line of women who get pregnant at 18, and then go crazy when they deliver. Lucy discovers that this is a curse from the Elfin Knight, who was spurned by her foremother many many generations ago. However, since she is pregnant, she has only a short period of time to fulfill the three impossible tasks from the song. With the help from her foster family and her next door neighbor, Lucy takes the challenge on. The only distraction from this book is near the end when Lucy is racing against the rising tide, and the author gives her 12 hours to do it in. This careless timeline could have been overcome by some more careful editing.


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Review by Niki Roohi Goldenview Middle School Librarian Anchorage School District

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