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Oppel, Kenneth
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 4.0

ISBN: 148143232X

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Steve loves his baby brother, Theo, but Theo is not well. Steve’s parents take Theo to the hospital almost every day, but they don’t talk to Steve about what is wrong with him. As Steve becomes more worried about Theo, he begins to dream about a wasp queen who says she can fix the baby. Every night the queen comes to Steve in a dream and tells him about events that are going to happen; she reassures him that the baby will be okay. In the beginning, the queen makes Steve feel better, but, eventually, Steve begins to confuse reality with his dreams. As the situation with Theo’s health intensifies, Steve’s dream world comes crashing down—just as his reality comes into focus
(Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

Booktalk #2

Steve’s baby brother is very sick and everyone is worried. At night in his dreams, Steve is visited by what he thinks is an angel who convinces him that she will make the baby perfect as long as he agrees to help. Steve soon discovers that the angel is really a queen wasp from the colony outside his house who, in fixing the baby, plans to make a replacement baby instead. (Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Babies -- Fiction.
                        Horror fiction.
                        Paranormal fiction.
                        Wasps -- Fiction.

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