The Wonder of Wildflowers
Ten-year-old Mira must balance the loyalty she feels towards her family with the desire to be accepted by her new classmates in this powerful coming-of-age story about identity, community, and the search for a place to call home—all with a sprinkle of magic.
What people are saying:
"A light fantasy with a powerful message of hope. "— Kirkus Reviews
"A strong middle-grade novel recommended for all libraries."— Booklist
"While it can be read as a simple fantasy, the underlying themes that emerge about privilege and equal rights would make this ideal for a classroom read-aloud. The complexity of ideas included in a fantasy story intended for this age-range is remarkable."— School Library Connection
"Readers will feel proud of Mila for speaking up and standing up for what’s right. VERDICT Useful for schools and classrooms where social justice is widely discussed. A strong purchase for upper elementary and middle school collections."— School Library Journal
"Staniszewski employs phraseology kids may already be familiar with to lay out common debates surrounding legal and illegal immigration, and that’s how the novel will be most useful: as a conversation-starter about issues readers may have noticed in their own lives....it points to the need for longer-term solutions to human dependence on dwindling natural resources and emphasizes that children can—and do—play roles in shaping environmental, political, and social change."— BCCB