Falling in

Falling in

Book - 2010
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The buzzing sound?

Do you hear that?

There it is again.

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No? Well, I really shouldn't have asked. Most people can't hear it, anyway. But, if you could, you'd think it sounds like you're teetering on the edge of the universe. That's what Isabelle Bean thinks...and she's not that far from the truth.

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You really don't hear that?

Well, it's actually not that great to have a buzzing in your ear. It's distracting for one thing. And when Isabelle starts listening to the buzz instead of, say, her boring teacher, strange things happen. She gets sent to the principal's office ( that's not so strange), but then while awaiting her punishment, she tumbles into an adventure--into another world that's a little bit different, a little bit Hansel & Gretel-y, a little bit like a fairy tale, which would be great, but...did I mention that Isabelle is an unusual dresser? When she shows up in fairy-tale land wearing her favorite high, pointy boots, the fairy-tale people start thinking that Isabelle is a witch -- and not just any witch, but the witch!

From Edgar Award-winning author Frances O'Roark Dowell comes the unlikely story of Isabelle Bean--an ultimate misfit, an outsider extraordinaire, and not a witch!
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2010.
ISBN: 9781416950325
Branch Call Number: F DOW J


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A very detailed, wonderful book. The characters are nicely put together, and the plot is wonderful. It's full of details for a wonderful adventure. Review by Paloma.

Mar 02, 2016

explores the origin of the witch--- childless woman living alone, in the woods, who has plant and their healing properties knowledge.
self conscious writing style --where author has asides to the reader

RainbowDash123 Jun 25, 2014

Falling In is a fantasy book by Frances O' Roark Dowell. It is about a 6th grade girl named Isabell, who calls herself a changeling. She accidentally passes through a door that takes her to a different world where there are witches, fairies, and changelings. She struggles to keep the witch safe from the village children. I enjoyed when Isablle befriended Hen in the woods. Sadly Isabelle didn't have any friends in the real world. Making a new friend excited her. Overall I love Falling In. The beginning caught my attention instantly. I recommend this book to readers who love fantasy and adventure.

Dec 13, 2011

a really sweet fantasy book that you won't want to put down. its gripping and totally humorous plot makes you keep turning the pages. really recommend it :)

Feb 22, 2011

I think this book is pretty good. It gets boring in parts but don't stop reading! You'll be really satisfied after you read it. Isabelle bean goes on to encounter lots of cool characters on her struggle to finish thee adventure and then she figures out she does not want to leave!


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Isabelle Bean has never felt like she belongs in the real world. She has no relatives besides her mother, no friends and no enemies. She just...exists. Then she "falls in" to another world through her school nurse's closet and finds the grandmother she never knew. What follows is an adventure that will leave her with new friends and a new understanding of herself.

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