Some children just know they are different. Isabelle Bean is one of them. It’s not just because she prefers to wear bright red pointy-toed boots or speak in riddles. Or because she has no real friends and is always lost in daydreams. Or because she thinks fairies are quite real. Sixth-grader Isabelle feels herself to be so fundamentally different from everyone that she may not even be of this world.
The themes of otherworldliness and belonging underpin Frances O’Roark Dowell’s latest novel. A unique twist on some fairy tale conventions, FALLING IN follows Isabelle as she “falls in” to another world and discovers some truths about herself an