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Water and the Wild

The Water and the Wild, by K.E. Ormsbee | Book Spotlight

The Children’s Book Review | April 19, 2015

Water and the WildThe Water and the Wild, by K.E. Ormsbee.

Age Range: 8-12

Hardcover: 448 pages

About the Book
The Water and the Wild

By K.E. Ormsbee

Publisher’s Synopsis: A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot’s getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless—until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1452113869

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About the Author
K. E. Ormsbee

K. E. Ormsbee

K.E. Ormsbee was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. She then went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where she pretended she was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. She also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX. Now she’s back in Lexington, KY, where there is a Proper Autumn.

In her wild, early years, she taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. Her crowning achievement is that the back of her head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid her money for it.

Nowadays, she teaches piano lessons, plays in a band you’ve never heard of, and runs races that she never wins. She likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. She still satiates her bone-deep wanderlust whenever she can.

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  • Beautiful book, hope to win! 🙂

    April 24, 2015

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