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The Wild Book (Paperback)

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By Juan Villoro, Lawrence Schimel (Translator)
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I was intrigued by this translated novel for middle grade by Mexico’s literary legend, Juan Villoro! It is sophisticated and creative, sprinkled with colorful characters, and Uncle Tito’s library where the books are somehow alive. Avid readers will revel in this world where books choose their readers, one book is elusive, and yet another has wicked plans.  I highly recommend this book which is unlike anything else in middle grade.

— Jamie


With over one million copies sold in Spanish, Mexican literary legend Juan Villoro's The Wild Book is a fantastical homage to libraries, in which a boy is sent to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers and adventure lies behind every cover.

Thirteen-year-old Juan's summer is off to a terrible start. First, his parents separate. Then, almost as bad, Juan is sent away to his strange Uncle Tito's house for the entire break Who wants to live with an oddball recluse who has zigzag eyebrows, drinks fifteen cups of smoky tea a day, and lives inside a huge, mysterious library?

As Juan adjusts to his new life among teetering, dusty shelves, he notices something odd: the books move on their own He rushes to tell Uncle Tito, who lets his nephew in on a secret: Juan is a Princeps Reader, which means books respond magically to him, and he's the only one who can find the elusive, never-before-read Wild Book. But will Juan and his new friend Catalina get to The Wild Book before the wicked, story-stealing Pirate Book does?

An unforgettable adventure story about books, libraries, and the power of reading, The Wild Book is the instant-classic young readers' debut by beloved, prize-winning Mexican author Juan Villoro.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781632061461
ISBN-10: 1632061465
Publisher: Yonder
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English