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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Abigail Waits is a short story on the theme of social issues relating to young adults, and was penned by author Bunny Lee. Centered on the theme of bullying, this interesting and cross-cultural tale takes on the genre of a Native American folklore-styled story to get its moral message across, like a modern-day, intelligent fairytale. The central characters are the titular Abigail, whose history of mental and psychical bullying has caused her to run to the woods where no person can hurt her, and Cherokee daughter Hannah who is trying to continue her deceased father’s work. What follows is a chilling tale of discovery with a deep emotional heart.
Author Bunny Lee has created a superb modern-day fable about the dangers and effects of bullying which young adults and middle-grade readers are sure to enjoy. I particularly love social issues tales that take on more of a genre and show their meaning through talented storytelling, and that’s exactly what happens in this tale of despair and heartache, but eventual healing and hope for the future. The descriptive work of the forest as a setting is top-notch and atmospheric throughout, whilst dialogue really brings these two distinct girls to life and renders their connection palpable as Hannah discovers and learns more about the strange girl in the woods. Culturally speaking, it’s important and refreshing to see Native American culture represented so well in modern YA fiction. All of this makes Abigail Waits an essential and enjoyable read for anyone looking to expand their perspective on bullying.