One day, a mysterious man appears in Zoe's Wonderland. He would like to buy a baobab tree, but since her Wonderland does not have one, Zoe and Quincy decide to grow one from seed. They'll even make a movie about it! But when Quincy's mom gets ill and he has to temporarily move away, Zoe is not quite sure how wonderful her world will be.
"He was standing in the doorway, same round face and nerd glasses, smiling. Quincy.
I felt like someone was tickling me from the inside. Silly-happy....
I was so happy that I couldn't stop myself. I dropped everything, ran to where he was standing, and hugged him tight. Tight like I'd fallen from a boat into the middle of the ocean and someone had thrown me one of those round life-savers and to keep from drowning I had to squeeze the thing until I almost squished it--that tight."
Another reason young readers will enjoy this book is the fact that the chapters are short with each page moving steadily along Zoe's journey. Furthermore, this book is very well-written. Zoe's narration is believable and beautiful expressed. Of course, that's no wonder for ZOE IN WONDERLAND is written by Brenda Woods, a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author, and is edited by the deft hand of Nancy Paulsen, publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.