Whipeye was an amazing book, with vibrant characters, great descriptions, and a great balance of funny scenes and serious scenes. The characters really felt like real people and when they were in danger I felt like I cared about what happened to them. One of my favorite scenes is when Sam first learns how to use Whipeye and she sees how powerful it is. The power of the staff can move, bend, and grow the trees and plants in the forest to trap things, and she uses it numerous times throughout the book. The first time she uses it, it is a great scene because it is suspenseful at first, and then amazing to find out what Whipeye can do. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to kids ages 9 and up, but it is a great book for anyone to read.