Quote of the day:
"She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape."
Today's featured book:
Author: Kelly Barnhill
Middle Grade Fiction
Ages 9 +
About the book:
Twin brothers Ned and Tam fall from their raft into a raging, bewitched river and Tam gets swallowed up and carried away. Ned, when he finally comes around finds he stutters, cannot make sense of words to read, and lives under the constant barrage of ridicule and scorn from fellow villagers, hearing non-stop that the wrong brother lived. Ned does not know that in order for him to live, his mother, a witch, had stitched his dying brother's soul to his chest.
Ned lives in isolation with his mother and father and is convinced that he is weak, mentally challenged and his life will never get any better.
Ainè, a resourceful and practical girl, lives with her Bandit King father. Her evil father goes to Ned's village one night with his motley crew and tries to steal away the magic that Ned's mother protects. Ned's mother is on a mission to the Queen and is absent from their home. Seeing the eminent danger that befalls not only his family but his entire village Ned steps forward and absorbs the sneaky and contriving magic and becomes a local hero by not only protecting his family but also his entire community.
As fate would have it, Ainè and Ned work together against the Bandit King and with the help of a rogue wolf and seven giant stones make their way back through a large, enchanted forest to finally put the magic in its rightful place. By so doing they are able to stop a war that will surely rip both their worlds apart and set both Tam and the stone creatures free to move on.
I truly loved this book. The writing is rich and detailed and I found myself creating windows of time where I could once again escape with the book to find out what happened next. The story line is creative and engaging and I know it would make a perfect movie that both young and old would love. I highly, highly recommend this book.
Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Her most recent novel is The Witch's Boy. - See more at: http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/witchs-boy/#sthash.v0xDauR6.dpuf
Book Review Rating: 9 (close to perfection!)
- See more at: http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/witchs-boy/#sthash.3ydCxw9z.dpuf
Read on and read always! Have a magnificent day everyone!