Willa is the story of a girl who has spent her life traveling around the world to military bases with her dad. Her father gave her a statue of a creature he calls Baku, a dream-eater. One night, the figure is knocked off of her nightstand and shatters. This is devastating. Willa has always had a vivid imagination. Now her dreams become a second reality. She meets new friends and is given a quest to defeat an age-old enemy of the dream world. Baku. Using her newfound power, she sets out to defeat him. Will she succeed, or will this evil monster devour her as well?
Willa is a wonderful coming-of-age story that portrays imagination as an escape and a world beyond most of our wildest dreams. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of characters and events. The characters were realistic and relatable. I would love to read Cory Wheeler Mimms' other book, Trailing Tennessee, as Willa has set high expectations. I hope he continues to write more books.