Author(s): Paul Fleischman
WESLANDIA honors the misfits and the creators among us. Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation."
Paul Fleischman, like Wesley, constructed his own alternate world during his school years. "My friends and I invented our own sports, ran an underground newsppaer, and created our own school culture," he says. Kevin Hawkes says that Wesley's world reminded him of ROBINSON CRUSOE, one of his favorite books as a child. "Wesley lives in this place where everything is the same," he explains, "yet he has created something unique and is living self-sufficiently, on his own island, in a way."