Cybil Award Nominee
Kirkus Best of the Week
In the wake of tragedy, siblings Connor and Cordelia and their pet capybara are sent to the precariously perched town of Woundabout to live with their eccentric aunt. Woundabout is a place where the mayor has declared that routine rules above all, and no one is allowed to as questions--because they should already know the answers.
But Connor and Cordelia can't help their curiosity when they discover a mysterious crank that fits into certain parts of the town, and by winding the crank, places are transformed into something beautiful. When the townspeople see this transformation, they don't see beauty--they only see change. And change, the mayor says, is something to fear. With the mayor hot on their trail, can Connor and Cordelia find a way to wind Woundabout back to life?
"Any young reader who enjoys a good plot, especially one that is realistic with a touch of fantasy, will like Woundabout... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. 9/10"
-TIME magazine for kids
"A fairy-tale like novel that weaves a gentle spell as it builds to a dramatic, satisfying conclusion. Lev Rosen sensitively addresses change and growth, and painful emotions like grief, while Ellis Rosen's b&w illustrations are alternately haunting, comedic and poignant."
"Witty and wise... shows how the heart-lifting coexists with the heartbreaking... A testament to moving forward in life."
-The Austin-American Statesman
"A touching story about the importance of change despite the hardships of life."
-School Library Journal
"Everyone in Woundabout has been injured in some way; each is looking for healing. Loss, death and sadness are each acknowledged as powerful impetus to change... appealing and pleasingly thoughtful."