Waterwight, by Laurel McHargue
A fantasy world for children and adult readers alike. I think it’s a great tool to prepare youngsters for the unexpected in life. As humanity expands and life becomes more complicated, this adventure could be a future guide for youth. In this imaginative story about a young girl who can fly and talk to animals, there has been a devastating event. Destroying parts of the earth, most people and places, the event changes Celeste’s surroundings and gives powers to the earth’s leftover inhabitants. Celeste has a positive view on her long journey and dictates a lot of messages that are great for young people to hear. Themes like, not blaming yourself for bad things that happen and that are beyond your control, building friendships where they grow, helping who you can and being proud of what you are capable of accomplishing. It reminds me of a powerful Disney animation with strong and fun characters that save the day. Laurel McHargue teaches children and adults alike how to survive against surmountable odds.