The Wonder of Wildflowers

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Anna lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches at Simmons College. When she's not writing, Anna spends her time reading, eating chocolate, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. You can visit her at


"A light fantasy with a powerful message of hope. "--Kirkus Reviews
"A strong middle-grade novel recommended for all libraries."--Booklist
"While it can be read as a simple fantasy, the underlying themes that emerge about privilege and equal rights would make this ideal for a classroom read-aloud. The complexity of ideas included in a fantasy story intended for this age-range is remarkable."--School Library Connection
"Readers will feel proud of Mila for speaking up and standing up for what's right. VERDICT Useful for schools and classrooms where social justice is widely discussed. A strong purchase for upper elementary and middle school collections."--School Library Journal
"Staniszewski employs phraseology kids may already be familiar with to lay out common debates surrounding legal and illegal immigration, and that's how the novel will be most useful: as a conversation-starter about issues readers may have noticed in their own points to the need for longer-term solutions to human dependence on dwindling natural resources and emphasizes that children can--and do--play roles in shaping environmental, political, and social change."--BCCB