Christy Yorke
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Girlwood Polly Greene has always been considered strange a girl who can see a person s true colors a thirteen year old comfortable foraging in the woods with her eccentric grandmother than hanging out with f

  • Title: Girlwood
  • Author: Christy Yorke
  • ISBN: 9780618883905
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Polly Greene has always been considered strange, a girl who can see a person s true colors, a thirteen year old comfortable foraging in the woods with her eccentric grandmother than hanging out with friends But all that is about to change when Polly s older sister, Bree, vanishes into the woods The only one who believes Bree can survive, Polly begins to leave food iPolly Greene has always been considered strange, a girl who can see a person s true colors, a thirteen year old comfortable foraging in the woods with her eccentric grandmother than hanging out with friends But all that is about to change when Polly s older sister, Bree, vanishes into the woods The only one who believes Bree can survive, Polly begins to leave food in the woods for her sister and finds a hidden grove she names Girlwood, where she believes Bree is burning a fire each night Along with an odd but endearing group of friends, Polly clings to the hope that she can see her sister through the harsh, snowy winter And, in the process, she discovers the cruelty, bounty, and magic of the woods Will Polly save her sister And even if she does, will Girlwood survive

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    1. Miriam says:

      In addition to writing this book, Claire Dean also has a website where she will teach you to read auras. I think it is fair to mention this in my review (hi, Stasi! Don't flag me!) because Dean has a note at the end of the book which tells the reader this and explains the basics of aura-reading and also describes her electricity-free rustic cabin where she and her two children forage for the edible plants mentioned throughout the book. Presumably the website goes into greater nuance about auras [...]

    2. Jennifer Wardrip says:

      Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadTooOne night, Polly is awakened from a sound sleep to find her older sister, Bree, kissing her. As Bree's blood red aura trails behind her like the tattered wings of a ruined fairy, she tells Polly that she's leaving for the woods, so that she can try to be alright again. Half asleep, and not sure if she's really seeing her emaciated, drugged out sister or an actual fairy, Polly lets her go, with no argument over how much Bree has destroyed since she sta [...]

    3. Chris says:

      I'm a 40-year-old mom with a 12-year-old daughter. This was the perfect mother-daughter read, and I HIGHLY recommend it for mothers and daughters of all ages. Some magic, suspense, and a spunky heroine for the daughters, and strong female characters, interesting plant lore, and girls making the right decisions for the mothers. GIRLWOOD is a great alternative to the darker, edgier books for teens that are out there in force. There are some suggestions of drug use and teen pregnancy, but what I li [...]

    4. Annie says:

      I initially picked this book up because of the amazing cover illustration, and would not have read it based on the flap copy otherwise. The book is not what it might appear to be. A modern story of a younger sister whose drug abusing older sister disappears. Lots of interesting issues are brought forth, and any fantastic elements of the story are open to interpretation. Modern, ancient, new-agey and concrete--all at the same time.

    5. Ever says:

      Reminiscent of StarHawk and Francesca Lia Block. A lovely first novel.

    6. Marnie Cannon says:

      I first saw Girlwood in middle school at Barnes and Nobles, and fell in love with the cover. As usual I didn't have the money to buy the book at that time, but it never left my memory. This summer I found it at Half Price Books and had to grab it. The book is wonderful and has a great story and life lesson. Granted, it probably would have been better for the middle school version of myself instead of the 21 year old me. The main character in the piece is thirteen years old. I loved the ideas of [...]

    7. Nur Farihin says:

      I love nature, forests and woods and anything magical, so I really enjoyed reading this book. The setting is wonderful, the characters are wonderful (my personal favourite is Baba), and the friends and family dynamic is wonderful. The other thing that I like about this book is that at the beginning of each chapter, there are info's (albeit small) about plants mentioned in the story, their uses throughout history and properties. I myself is a believer that nature and everything in it have abundan [...]

    8. Claire says:

      I absolutely love this book. Yes, I'm 41 years old, and this is a teen/young adult book, but it's one of the best stories I've read in a long time! The beginning of each chapter tells about some edible plant and what its medicinal uses are. The story is about a young girl whose family is falling apart - her sister disappears and her parents break up, a developer is building homes, destroying the woods around them. It's so magically written, the protagonist's relationship with her grandmother and [...]

    9. Katherine says:

      Took some getting through the first chapter, and getting a sense of the magical world that Polly lives in, along with all the issues that face her during the course of the novel. Once I got a sense of the pacing, I could not. put. this. down. I loved it. Baba always said, when there's trouble, girls, run for the woods. Nature is such an integral part of Polly's life - and touches every aspect of this novel. I love magical realism.

    10. Lauren says:

      This is my favorite book of all time! If you love nature, you have to read this. A great story for girls--powerful, uplifting, and filled with the magic of the woods. A must-read!

    11. LINCCReviews says:

      Girlwood is a magical place, but it is about to be chopped down. This sweet and wonderful book by Claire Dean is about a 12 year old girl named Polly and a living forest that always welcomes her and calms her when she's upset. Polly's grandmother is a healer who believes in magic, fairies, and seeing auras. She also teaches Polly about herbs, and shows her this magical woods. When Polly's older sister Bree disappears, Polly thinks Bree is hiding in that forest, but the only person who believes h [...]

    12. Homewood Public Library says:

      "The first and last kiss Polly received from hersister was as contrary as Bree herself. Lightweight by intense, a kissthat was supposed to impart some deep meaning but offer zero affection,a kiss that was retracted nearly before it began. It was past midnight,and Polly was not only too tired to open her eyes, she was so sick ofher stoned, skeletal, sixteen-year-old sister that she didn't evenacknowledge Bree was there." The next day it is discovered that Breehas run away, and Polly isn't sure if [...]

    13. Larissa says:

      Bree and Polly had always felt at home in the woods playing at their games, Bree as the princess in need of rescuing and Polly as her woodland fairy always the one there for her, that is until Bree decided she was too old to play such childish games, too old to be running about the woods. But when Bree ran away to the woods leaving behind a broken family and a lost little sister, Polly was a little jealous that she had not thought to flee into the woods first.With her sister missing, her parents [...]

    14. Roots & Shoots says:

      This article was published on the website for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. ROOTS & SHOOTS BOOK CLUB June 2008: "Girlwood" by Claire Dean06/01/2008If you like "hope and magic and fairies," then you'll love this month's Roots & Shoots Book Club selection: Girlwood by Claire Dean. At the request of the author's daughter, for whom the book was written, Girlwood is full of all these things.Geared to an adolescent and "tween" audience, the book tells the story of Polly, as she ventures i [...]

    15. Cindy Hudson says:

      With one foot in the modern world and one foot in a world of fantasy, Claire Dean's Girlwood takes us into the life of Polly Greene, who can see the colors that surround people, revealing their true selves. Polly's older sister, Bree, disappears into the woods one night, and Polly is the only one who believes she has not run far, that she's hiding nearby to heal her out-of-control life.When Polly finds a magical clearing hidden among the trees, she's certain that her sister is close, and she det [...]

    16. Tara says:

      This book is great for early teens. It has a great message to young girls about staying away from drugs, sex and the wrong crowd. If you love nature this book is a great one to read. I learned about people’s auras, according to this book we all have energy fields around us and give off color. You can train your eyes to see them, the colors that you give off all mean something. Purple, for instance, means you are sensitive, artistic and idealistic. People with green auras are helpful, strong, a [...]

    17. Quilltips says:

      This would have been a much better book if it hadn't been so intent on its New Age/hippie/neo-pagan agenda. I know, I know, lots of things get accused of that; still, it was just plain laid on too thick. Also, while I have no problem with a bit of environmentalism/Green politics in a book, did the author *have* to hit us over the head that many times with it? Put it all together, and the book basically turns into a feel-good conversion tract for its respective causes.To be fair, I did enjoy part [...]

    18. Jennifer says:

      Polly is 12, her parents just separated, because her Mother wants to be a fine upstanding corporate family, and her Dad wants to quit being a lawyer, live in a cabin with no electricity and make woodcarvings. Their older daughter has gotten in with a bad crowd, turned to drugs and ran away. Her Mother is trying to distance herself from their strange herbal remedy healer type Grandmother, who Polly adores.Polly is a very fantastical child, who see's people's aura's and emotions, she feels also ve [...]

    19. Linnae says:

      Girlwood is a hidden grove of larches, that can only be reached by crawling through a thorny thicket. Polly is certain that the grove has some magic in it--and she will need all the magic she can get to help her sister, Bree. Bree: strung out, barely 100 pounds, maybe even pregnant, and now she's gone. She told Polly that she was going to the woods, and there has been a fire burning a couple of the times Polly has gone to Girlwood, but fire alone can't keep Bree alive through the winter. Polly c [...]

    20. Renetta says:

      I know don't judge a book by it's cover but have you seen this cover?! The woman who owned the little store was insisting on closing immediately, she had somewhere to be. I quickly flipped the book over and read the quote. "Every day has a moment of wonder in it that most people pass right by." Sold!----------------------------So I finally got a chance to read this. I absolutely love roaming the woods and foraging for food. Being close to nature and contemplating and appreciating life. If this s [...]

    21. Pack children says:

      This is a lovely, refreshingly unique YA novel. While there is plenty of typical YA Angst (narrator's older sister disappears on the first page- presumably to go off into the woods and die)it is more than just the usual gloom and doom. The narrator and her family are super connected to the woods in which they live. She can read auras, and see energy coming from living beings, including the different plants and trees. Her grandmother is a spiritual healer. It is fascinating without, somehow, bein [...]

    22. Tamara says:

      The make-believe, true-life dichotomy in this one just didn't really flow for me. And the ending was very unsatisfying. But I read it anyway. Favorite Quotes:"It took no time at all to complete her transformation from girl to Aaron's shadow, as if love wasn't measured in goodness and devotio, but in how much you'd give up for a person, how far you'd sink.""aying that happiness simply grew more complicated as you got older, and sometimes, if it had to, even started with a lie.""She felt protectiv [...]

    23. Alexandra says:

      I picked this book up because of the summary, which made it sound a lot more interesting than it actually was. I honestly thought that there would be more magic to this story. I did however enjoy the novel for what it was. I too love nature and all things in it so the fact that the main character was all about saving the woods was awesome, and I absolutely loved her grandmother who made potions from plants and herbs to cure all ailments. My favorite part about this book was how the author put a [...]

    24. Katelyn says:

      this book had an imaginative concept that was so captivating and wanderous that by the end of the book you realized there was no magice cover drew me in as well as the plot but as i read the tory i kept expecting read about the magic of the forest and there was none. this is mostly about a girl trying to save the forest that she and her grandma love so dearly. it was a very nice read and i enjoyed but i was expecting like a sentient forest for some reason. but even so this book has its own taste [...]

    25. Johanna says:

      I saw this book on the feature shelve at my local library and loved the cover so I picked it up.I read the inside flap and thought I'd give it a try even thought it was the author's first novel.I am very glad I did.This book was a great coming of age type story, not to fantastical but still fun.I loved the way Claire Dean wrote the dialog between characters.I loved the way she used nature as a huge character.She created beautiful pictures in my head thanks to her descriptive writing.I am definit [...]

    26. Haliation says:

      As someone else said, it's definitely reminiscent of Starhawk and Francesca Lia Block, two of my favourite authors. Some parts of this book I adored, some parts, not so much. The writing style didn't always click with me, and a few things outright gated on my nerves. Specifically description #20: "Oshamed for the Native American word meaning 'bear'". Uhm, there is no one "Native American word" for "bear". That said, I did enjoy it. I wish there were more books like it on the market.If I could gi [...]

    27. Gerri Leen says:

      This is a magical book. It reminded me a little of Alice Hoffman, a little of Kim Antieau (I'm thinking of Mercy, Unbound ) or Patricia Geary (The Other Canyon more than Strange Toys or Living in Ether ) It's a very simple little book full of great moments as a young girl tries to balance a belief in magic in a world anything but magical with her sister's disappearance and what the absence does to her family. A quick read, thoroughly enjoyable.Rated: A

    28. refgoddess says:

      Read this over the summer, 2008. Reviewed at a huddle, it has a coming of age slant, as well as an environmental theme. Villains are rather cardboard, humor is lacking, but I really like the way each chapter starts with a picture of a plant and a description of its properties. It led me to consider harvesting my fireweed next year, and then I found recipes for squash blossoms (which had volunteered all over the yard.) My aura is violet, btw.

    29. AlyssaGibbs says:

      This was a cute book. It is definitely a middle - school/ intermediate read, and it felt like one. I found it interesting that the author included information on the uses of different wild books at the beginning of each chapter, but the characters were somewhat stereotypical, and it all tied up in a neat little package at the end. It appealed to my 12 year old self despite its shortcomings, and made me wish I had a place like Girlwood to escape to when I was in middle school.

    30. Caitlín (Ink Mage) says:

      A little hard for me to get into, and when I finally did begin reading, it wasn't that engaging. I felt very removed from the characters, and Polly, the heroine, seemed (to me) to act and say things more like she was an eight-year-old rather than a twelve-year-old.Younger readers would probably like it a lot; it has a theme--girls being strong and coming into their own power--but it just didn't have enough character development or emotions for me.

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