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In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves. After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and...
In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves. After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and...
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  • In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves. After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother's to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn't have time to question Brigid's motives or deal with Jack's increasingly cold behavior. But Katla's suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice.

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  • Wendy Delsol considers herself first and foremost a storyteller. Because she likes to settle in and get to know her characters, she writes novels. And by getting to know her characters, she means torment them.

    She came to writing somewhat late, or, rather, with plenty of research and advance preparation. Before becoming a full-time writer, Wendy earned both a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from California State University, Long Beach, waitressed to pay tuition, and worked more than ten years in the travel industry as a tour coordinator. Her favorite job ever was stay-at-home mom to her two (now-teenage) sons.

    Some basic background: Wendy was born in Canada to British parents and grew up as the middle child of three girls in the suburbs of Detroit. She did a university semester in Paris and then, after college, moved to Nice for a year. When back in the states, she followed college friends out to Los Angeles, intending to stay only long enough to attend grad school. Twenty years later, she was still in L.A. and married with two kids. In 2005, her husband's job took the family to Des Moines, Iowa.

    Stork, Wendy's debut young adult novel, is the story of smart and sassy Katla (Kat) Leblanc, a sixteen-year-old L.A. fashionista whose life is upended after a move to tiny Norse Falls Minnesota—her mother's hometown of Icelandic heritage. As if being the new kid isn't challenging enough, Kat is mysteriously drawn to an ancient order of bird women with the extraordinary task of delivering human souls. Complicating things further is Jack Snjosson, an aloof farm boy. Given the rocky start to their relationship, Kat would never believe they share a history—never mind destiny.

    In Frost, the sequel to Stork, Kat delves further into her magical soul-delivering abilities after a deadly snow storm brings to town a mysterious weather researcher; at stake is not only her boyfriend Jack's survival, but climate as we know it.

    Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
    1. I hate garlic—yuck, nasty, nasty stuff—but, as far as I know, there is no vampire blood in my ancestry.
    2. I love tennis. I love to play tennis, and I love to watch tennis. Roger Federer is my idol!
    3. I am easily brought to tears. Set a guy eating a sandwich to a dramatic piece of music, and I'll need a tissue. It's embarrassing and annoying, but entirely out of my control. And, yes, I cried—like a baby—when Federer finally won the French Open. But who didn't?

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2011

    Gr 7 Up-This modern-day retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen" picks up where it left off in Stork (Candlewick, 2010), with plenty of backstory included. Kat is adjusting to her membership in the ancient Stork society that delivers souls and is still enamored with her boyfriend, Jack, descended from Jack Frost, who can control the weather. Together, their powers often have disastrous results, like an out-of-control snowstorm on Christmas Eve. The storm catches the attention of Brigid, a beautiful foreign researcher, who takes an unusual interest in Jack. Kat is suspicious of his obsession with her but is caught up in her role in the school play, managing her Stork responsibilities, and taking care of her pregnant mom. However, when Brigid takes Jack to Greenland for a field study and they go missing, Kat risks everything to save the boy she loves. The continued growth of bold and determined Kat is endearing as she develops her life-giving Stork abilities while still being a fashion-focused teenager in a small Minnesota town. The underlying themes of culture and heritage affecting the present and the motivating and empowering nature of love, even in impossible situations, complement the quick-moving plot and beautifully drawn settings of Minnesota, Greenland, and Iceland. Frost sustains the momentum of the first book and effectively sets the stage for the final installment in the trilogy.-Elizabeth C. Johnson, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2011

    This second installment in the planned Stork trilogy sends Kat and Jack into the hidden realms of Norse mythology and novel that also retells Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen."

    Kat has finally begun to fit in well in her new town in Minnesota, where she learned that she has paranormal powers as a "stork" and can, as a member of a group of elderly "storks," control pregnancies (Stork, 2010). Her boyfriend Jack, who has paranormal powers to control the weather (he's really Jack Frost), suddenly cools toward her when a beautiful climate researcher comes to town. The age-neutral Brigid charms everyone but Kat and takes enraptured Jack to Greenland for climate research—where they disappear. Meanwhile, Kat travels to Iceland with her grandpa and meets the equivalent of Andersen's "robber maiden," who helps her journey into the spirit world to rescue Jack. Delsol keeps this sequel nicely self-contained, while she follows the framework of the fairy tale. She paints Kat as a fashion-conscious modern California girl with enough spunk to challenge a powerful Norse goddess. Readers get a taste of a travelogue to Iceland, complete with a festival, local food and a hint of supernatural creatures. Once Kat's spirit journey starts, the narrative takes off into a suspenseful adventure and sets up the next sequel.

    Well-paced narration will keep readers interested—a superior paranormal adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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