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Susan Lurie: Susan Lurie is a children's book author and editor. She lives in Forest Hills, New York, with her husband and their pet fish, Pickle. Visit her at: www.susanlurie.com.
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Soon after returning from her first adventure in the Scary Wood and breaking a witch's curse on her family, Wanda learns that she has an older sister, Wren, who is being held captive by the very same witch.
Wanda and her trusty bluebird companion, Voltaire, return to the forest to find and rescue her long-lost sibling. Along the way they face tricky trolls, a gruesome giant, a batty banshee, and other friends and foes before they take on the biggest challenge of all: Raymunda, leader of the witches.
In order to defeat Raymunda, Wanda will have to rely on Voltaire's unreliable memory, and the witch's son William, who seems incapable of telling the truth. Is Wren who they say she is? If so, why doesn't she want to come home with Wanda?
This original fairy tale will have readers eagerly flipping pages to learn the truth.
Wanda hates her little brother, Zane. But don't judge her for it—Zane is an absolute terror, and her parents blame Wanda for his monstrous behavior. On her eleventh birthday, Wanda makes a wish: to find her true family, because she knows deep down that this one can't be hers.
She gets a surprise visit from a talking bluebird named Voltaire who seems wise and confirms her suspicion that someone has been meddling with her life. He knows the secret . . . he just can't remember what it is right now.
Together they venture into the Scary Wood, where they encounter many magical creatures as they search for the truth. None of these adversaries prepares her for the biggest one: a witch named Raymunda, who has put her and her family under a spell.
Will Wanda succeed in breaking the curse, or will she be stuck in the wrong life forever?
Mouse is shy. It's hard for him to make new friends.
Bird is grumpy. He's too grumpy to make new friends.
The other animals—Owl, Frog, Squirrel, Raccoon—are outgoing and seem so sure of themselves. Who will be the best friend for Mouse? The answer will surprise you!
Susan Lurie and Murray Head, creators of Swim, Duck, Swim!, offer another sweet animal tale in Will You Be My Friend?
It's time for Duckling to jump in the water and do what ducks do—swim! But he doesn't want to get wet. He'd rather take a nap. And he's really, really mad that everyone keeps telling him what to do!
Luckily, Mama and Papa Duck are very, very patient, and soon, Duckling will join his siblings in the pond. Here is a charming story, illustrated with exquisite, up-close photos, that will help young readers learn to swim—or try anything new.