A very well written and exceptionally well read story. The theme of being alone, an only survivor, is one that is often considered and in this context, which seems very plausable, core feeings are dealt with: fear, loneliness, companionship and joy, making the story close to the reader and possible to identify with her. We didn't want it to end but so it had to be... It's a great listen!
I could listen to Peter Coyote read anything. The story itself is a wonderful tale of adventure in the very harsh world of the wilds, yet there is a beauty in this boy's struggle to survive. The scenes of desperateness will make you breath shallow and strain to hear. It is a great story, too good to be fiction. Enjoy.
Cornelia Funke has come up with the right formular for giving kids thrills and not nightmares. The European settings are beautiful and give a touch of 'otherness' to make it real, yet special. The characters are unique and intriguing yet with enough 'humanness' to afford kids closeness. This story takes unexpected turns in every chapter with would give a reluctant reader the 'pull' into this book, which is what the story is all about, rather characters being pulled out of books with some pretty nasty consequences. But don't just take my word for it. Read this and try The Lord Thief another great book!
Set in colonial New England, harsh in the physical and social senses, young Katherine arrives in this seeming cruel environment and struggles to fit in. She is changed in the process and she brings about change in this severely prejusticed society. The relationships are well described between all the various characters giving the story a richness. Understanding for people grows past just the outward appearances.The mean uncle and the old Quaker are more than what they seem to be. And true love wins the day. My 11 year-old son loved the story which is still the best proof of this story's worthiness. He's a tough critic. It is a lovely listen.
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