Book: Over the Woodward Wall
Author: A. Deborah Baker
Reviewer: Zara Jackson, 9th Grade
Zib, short for Hepzibah, is an outgoing young girl who rarely brushes her hair and was born from extremely creative parents. Avery, on the other hand, is a perfectionist. He takes pride in keeping the shine on his shoes, and his hair perfectly combed. One day though, the street that both kids take to school was under construction, causing them to take the same detour and come across a mossy green wall that had never been there before. After climbing the wall, they were in a forest, lost in a magical world with no way home.
A. Deborah Baker had an excellent use of imagery in this book, with phrases that make you feel like you’re really there. It was pleasing to read the adventures that Avery and Zib went through, polar opposites becoming close friends. The struggles that they faced together made me full of awe, and the book is very underappreciated. I greatly enjoyed the pacing of this book, as there was so much excitement in such a small book. Teens who love fantasy but don’t like longer books will love this story, with the quick pacing and amazing development of the characters!