13 January 2011

Thursday Re-Read: Wren to the Rescue by Sherwood Smith

Wren to the Rescue Bookplate

All her life Wren has hoped for an adventure. Now she has one—with a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince, and a magician. What does it matter if the princess is only Tess, her best friend from the orphanage; if the prince is a youngest son with no chance of becoming king; and the magician is an apprentice? Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may end her life as a human forever!

Wren to the Rescue is a great book. Although I usually go for more teen reads than middle this book was fast-paced and fantastical yet detailed enough to keep me absorbed the whole way through. I love the character of Wren. She's not a princess, but she dreams big and yet she always manages to be happy with what she's got while she still wants more. I think that's a great characteristic in people, and it's realistically portrayed in the Wren character. I also love how she's figured out she's special, but she's untrained so she still can't do much with her "specialness", which makes her an ideal and yet still relatable. The other characters in the story are well done as well, children that are who they say they are and yet are still convincing as children and not twelve-year-olds-with-the-logic-of-fourty-year-olds. The plot, a chase/rescue, is wonderfully paced, with just enough exposition to keep the story from seeming to be pulled from nowhere. I think my only criticism of Wren is that it is too short, but with two sequels I can't even complain about that for long!


  1. I've wanted to read this book FOREVER. I always see it in the children's section when I browse, so thanks for posting a short, sweet, and to the point review about the positives of this book. I'll have to pick it up next time I see it. :)

  2. It's worth getting the sequels, Wren's Quest and Wren's War, as well.