A Comb of Wishes


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$16.99  $15.80
Quill Tree Books
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Stringfellow received the inaugural Kweli Color of Children's Literature Manuscript Award in 2019 for A Comb of Wishes. She is a middle school teacher and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her children and two bossy cats.


Stringfellow weaves an enchanting tale of loss, longing, and discovery infused with Caribbean folklore. Readers will be captivated by Kela's story and become invested in her journey as she tries to deal with the grief of losing her mother as well as regret for her past actions.--Kirkus Reviews
"Imbued with a magic that felt as real as the concrete and beloved world in which it is set, this story moves with a plot that is both surefooted and wild, both inexorable and surprising, both cerebral and emotional. I loved it so much."--Kelly Barnhill, author of the Newbery-winning novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon
"Captivating and creative, magical and moving, this enchanting tale about grief and abiding love will hold you spellbound. What a joy and honor to welcome this brilliant new voice, as beautiful as the ocean and as bright as a mermaid's tears."--Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award winning author of The Bridge Home
Kela's primary narration allows for a harmonious blend of contemporary island life and Afro-Caribbean lore, while chapters focusing on Ophidia draw on elements of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." The third-person narration of the interspersed sections echoes a rhythmic traditional call-and-response that links the teller and the listener.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books