Seven Wild Sisters tells the story of Sarah Jane Dillard who develops a special friendship with an elderly woman living in a rustic cottage in the woods (no running water, no electricity). She learns the joy of working with your hands, eating what you grow, and becoming self-reliant. She calls the woman Aunt Lillian and listens with wonder to the story of the Apple Tree Man and the fairies in the forest. Sarah Jane thinks these are simply stories until the day she finds the finger-sized ‘sangman filled with tiny arrows and nurses him back to health. Unfortunately, this puts her in the middle of a long feud between the ‘sangmen and the bee fairies. Soon her six sisters are caught up in the violence and the stubbornly independent Sarah Jane must turn to others for advice and help.
Several times in the story I was jarred to remember that this was taking place in present time. The story had a pioneer flavor, which made the presence of fairies more believable. The descriptions of the fantastical characters were vivid and enchanting. The story was paced well and kept the reader’s attention until the very end. I did not know until I finish this book that it was a sequel. It reads well on its own.
I’d recommend this book for children ages 10 to 12 as the story was fairly simple.
My only complaint is that I felt the title was lacking.