The Wild Book by Margarita Engle is a beautiful book for middle grade readers that tells the story of Fefa, who grows up in turn-of-the-century Cuba. Fefa struggles with a multitude of siblings, and also with “word blindness”, aka Dyslexia.
This is an extremely low word-count book, which makes it approachable for struggling readers. Written as a collection of poems, this novel tells a complex and engaging story.
The cover art by Yuyi Morales is absolutely beautiful. The Wild Book looks and feels like a regular middle grade novel. No middle school student would feel ashamed for having this book in her arms, even though it is a book about a tween’s struggle with Dyslexia.
I have never read anything by Newbery Honor winner Mararita Engle before, but she is now on my list of authors to check out. Well done Ms. Engle!