The fifth installment in Wil’s new middle-grade supernatural series, ‘The Girl Who Grew Nasty Things,’ has been released. It was on NetGalley’s list of most-requested middle grade titles for more than three months! Here’s the publisher’s summary—
“Maddie Dragonette doesn’t like people. She prefers to be among the rare plants she grows in her greenhouse—which can be made to cause great pain to others. When Maddie doesn’t get a part in the school play, she turns to her beloved plants to seek her revenge. What happens when one young girl’s rage and hatred grow out of control?”
Review quotes from NetGalley and Goodreads—
“A brilliant cautionary tale!” –Mallory H.
“This was a fun and exciting book to read with young children.” –Jacyln D.
“Maddie Dragonette is one mean girl.” –Josephine S.
“If you have kids who love creepy stories, this is the one for them.” –Laurie E.
“It was just as expected: a twisted tale of discovery. Well done!” –Jaime F.
“It shows what rage, jealousy and resentment can do to you when you make them your top priority.” –Faiza N.
“Wil Mara has done a great job of bringing the character to life and setting her into a story that does not have a happy ending….” –Denice L.
The ‘Twisted’ stories have been rapidly growing in popularity among school and public librarians, due in part to the series’ appeal among reluctant readers. The second book in the group, ‘House of a Million Rooms’, was a featured pick of the Junior Library Guild less than two weeks after its publication. And in the wake of the success of the series, Wil was recently honored with the 2019 Literary Lion Award.
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