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Wrush: The Secret Worlds of Tabetha Bright by The Karakul - 7/10


Lying in a hospital bed was not the way Tabetha hoped to spend her birthday, but ever since she developed pneumonia that has been the only thing she can do. When a magic pen appears by her bedside from a mysterious 'Wrush', Tabetha's birthday takes a turn for the exciting. It seems she can write herself into other worlds - other worlds that are in dire need of her help!


AGE RANGE KIDS & INTERMEDIATE

Interest Level: ages 6+

Reading Level: ages 8+


THEMES

Fantasy

Adventure

Disability

Hospital

Magic

OVERALL RATING 7/10

Alice in Wonderland feel, representation of disability, not a great plot

A sort of modern-day fantasy with an Alice In Wonderland feel, this book will have you racing through whimsical worlds! I really loved that the protagonist in Wrush is a child with a physical disability - something I don't see a lot of (especially in fantasy). Despite her inability to walk, Tabetha manages to save the magical world she is exploring, with little help, showing her as very capable and self-sufficient despite her disability. The reason that this book is not highly-rated is the plot - it sort of felt like a random sequence of events. There wasn't must to tie the story together, and most of the decisions made by characters where made because they 'just knew' what the right answer was (not because they actually had to figure anything out). I think this book is a great one to have representation-wise, but personally i didn't love the style and plot.

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