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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell Narrator: Jessica Almasy Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781449824587
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Edgar Award-winning author Frances O’Roark Dowell pens this imaginative tale that evokes such delightful classics as Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. While waiting outside the principal’s office at school, Isabelle Bean stumbles upon another world. It’s just like a fairy tale-until Isabelle is mistaken for a witch, all thanks to her favorite pair of boots.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 2/19/2014

    " It was an OK read. The writing style was very good but took awhile to pull you into the story. I would say only read if you want to. Be kind to one another an continue reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/12/2014

    " I was warned of an annoying narrator, and sure, it is a little cutesy at times, but it never took me out of the story, which was interesting, fun, and distinctive. Too slight/insubstantial to merit Newbery consideration, though, IMHO. A fairly quick read, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/6/2014

    " There have been many books lately in which the narrator breaks the wall and talks directly to the reader. (None of which I can remember right now, of course.) What I DO remember is that it didn't work very well in this one. I felt as if the story was telling itself just fine, and the mismatch between the narrator and the tale took me out of the story to no affect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 2/6/2014

    " I feel like this is a book my coworker's daughter Freya would have written. She'd probably like it a lot. It's a charming little oral fairy tale/folk tale with a quirky narrator. I liked it, although it was possibly too slight. Wouldn't call it particularly distinguished, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/1/2014

    " A whimsical fantasy book where changlings are defined and a focus of the book. For fantasy lovers it would be a fast read. For action adventure lovers it would be a painful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Livia | 1/22/2014

    " With sophisticated language and a sense of whimsy, this book is a great adventure and fairy tale story for younger readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/20/2014

    " Isabelle Bean is the ultimate misfit who finds herself in a fairy tale type world where she finally feels she belongs. Along the way she learns about family and friendship. The narrator's digressions during the story add some humor and quirkiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Weaver | 1/19/2014

    " Yup. There is something here, but it is wandering loose in fairyland. Too much work to pull it out of the stew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Kennedy | 1/8/2014

    " This book started off great and still was mostly good in the end. Individual chapters would be worthwhile to discuss voice and author style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/27/2013

    " I like this author very much. This was an odd twist on an old story but not anywhere near as good as the other books by Ms Dowell that I have read. Less than perfect from her is much better than many others! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 11/5/2013

    " The storyline was nice, but all of the chapter interruptions by the author were distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 10/24/2013

    " In the end the moral of the story is how to deal with you life when it does not go the way that you have dreamed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/19/2013

    " SO GOOD! One of my favorite books! I could read it over and over ... great for elementary and middle school kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/18/2013

    " so far it is so wonderful and it is true fantasy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliana | 6/3/2013

    " This is An amazing page turner type of story ! I just could not put it down. I loved the shocking twist and the various mysteries that this wonderful land contained! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/29/2013

    " One Sentence Review: Dowell comes as close as she ever has doing fantasy and the result is a rather lovely reinterpretation of witch-related fairy tales. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/26/2013

    " Wierd book. Didn't like it because I don't like witch hunting books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 5/28/2012

    " Magical young adult novel. Love the narrator. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Renee | 2/11/2012

    " A pretty whimsical little book. I didn't like the ending much, (it sorta just ends awkwardly) but I liked the back and forth between the narrator and I kinda liked Isabelle...sorta. She's a hard character to like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elspeth | 1/17/2012

    " This looks like a good book, but a little difficult for M. at this point. The plot is nonlinear, so she couldn't quite follow it. We'll come back to it sometime in the next year or so, and then I think she will really enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/1/2011

    " I was half way through the book and still not drawn in. The storyline has potential but the telling was not grabbing my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefani | 8/21/2011

    " Fun take on a modern fairytale. It will make everyone feel a little special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/14/2011

    " fun to read
    good read for everyone, not just kids
    interesting with good vocabulary
    herb pictures with their uses at the beginning of the chapeters
    quick read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 4/26/2011

    " A pretty whimsical little book. I didn't like the ending much, (it sorta just ends awkwardly) but I liked the back and forth between the narrator and I kinda liked Isabelle...sorta. She's a hard character to like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winnie | 4/22/2011

    " Too bad Isabelle can't stay at the world she likes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/8/2011

    " Think I really liked this book because I listened to it rather than reading it. Excellent production. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 4/6/2011

    " Very little to this at all--and nothing much I like. It's a cute idea, I guess, but nothing more. And the description on the cover flap is very misleading, IMHO. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 3/25/2011

    " I thought this book is alittle scary because of a witch when I read it at night it gives me the creeps "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/25/2011

    " This book started off great and still was mostly good in the end. Individual chapters would be worthwhile to discuss voice and author style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 3/17/2011

    " I like this author very much. This was an odd twist on an old story but not anywhere near as good as the other books by Ms Dowell that I have read. Less than perfect from her is much better than many others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefani | 3/11/2011

    " Fun take on a modern fairytale. It will make everyone feel a little special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 3/7/2011

    " It was sort of confusing, but it's sort of about the power of imagination. Because she believes she falls through a closet into another world. It also is in the point of view of an outsider who never fits in. It's not my favorite book, but I still like it and it's an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cstrand | 1/26/2011

    " Fun to read! Nice mix of fantasy and reality with a real girl, struggling with her identity, falling into a fantasy world. Good for a upper elementary girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/23/2011

    " The storyline was nice, but all of the chapter interruptions by the author were distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geri | 1/11/2011

    " A good middle school book for ages 8-12. Fantasy "

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About the Author
Author Frances O’Roark Dowell

Frances O’Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award, Where I’d Like to BeThe Secret Language of Girls and its sequel The Kind of Friends We Used to Be, Chicken Boy, Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal, and more. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Jessica Almasy is an actress, theater teacher, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over eighty titles, including the Earphones Award-winning Clementine series and Operation Yes, for which she won a 2010 Audie Award.