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Home in the Woods

Cover: 'Home in the Woods'

Staff Review: "Home in the Woods" by Eliza Wheeler


Do you have a big family with lots of siblings? Growing up, Marvel did! She had seven siblings and her Mum. Who is Marvel? She’s the main character and also the grandmother of Eliza Wheeler, the author and illustrator of this book. This story was inspired by Marvel’s childhood experience of finding a new home with her family and learning together, how to survive life in Northern Wisconsin when she was only six years old.

The family lived during the time of the Great Depression. With the recent passing of her father, Marvel, her Mum, and seven siblings (ages 3 months to 14 years old) had to find a new place to live. They ended up calling a forgotten shabby structure in the middle of the woods home. At the beginning of the book Marvel couldn’t see herself ever being able to call the decaying tar papered shack “home”. But through hard work, sacrifice, and discovering how to make their own “fun,"they brought life and love into the structure and to each other.

Audience: children | Genre: fiction

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