Book - Wicked Weird
Due to the events in the first book of the series, "Wicked Normal," Persephone often hesitates to use her natural powers in this second installment. Her trust in others and confidence in herself have been seriously shaken, but over time, she regains her inner strength and begins relying on others outside of her immediate family again. Her parents are still a constant positive force in her life, although she has a streak of independence that tests them more than she ever has before. She trusts in their unconditional love, even in her brattiest moments, and this year, she opens up enough to understand the added value in loving friends unconditionally, too.
When Persephone isn't in school, she searches for unicorns, hangs out with her friends, sets out to prove that Santa Claus is real, and is involved in the school play. Her vocabulary changes a bit, with clear influence from her new-found friends. Her boy dramas, moments of poor decision-making, frequent sobfests, and overuse of the response, "Whatever," remind readers that she is very much a ten-year-old. Familiar peers Gabby, Coral, Charles, Seth, Jade, Freddie, Skye, Misty, and Katie return in this book with the new faces of: Harley, the textbook bad boy; Katrina, Persephone's dissection-obsessed lab partner; Jesse, the beautiful theatre guy; Lily, the fight-prone tough girl; and many more classmates, to form quite a selection of contemporaries for Persephone in middle school.
"Wicked Weird" is the second book in a middle-grade and up, coming-of-age, realistic, paranormal, fantasy series by author Lauren Courcelle. Like "Wicked Normal," it also is intended for ages 9 and up, as the series follows Persephone Smith to middle school, high school, and college. The real-life Vermont setting, lovable characters, personal relationship dramas, and realistic sixth grade predicaments blend with the fantasy elements of unicorns, extraordinary powers, and magic to create an escape from reality for any readers who have, at one time or another, felt "wicked weird."
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