Another one of Cornelia Funke’s mix of modernity and fantasy. Only this time, she focuses on fairy tales rather than mythical creatures.
Will wasn’t supposed to find out about the Mirrorworld his older brother Jacob often escaped to, but he did. And now, stone is growing over his skin, turning him into the fabled Jade Goyl. Jacob sets off on a quest to find the cure before his borther is lost forever in the midst of the war between the imperials and the Goyls. Can he beat the Dark Fairy and time itself?
With this novel, Funke has grown up a bit–it is a bit more mature and darker than her other books, especially Dragon Rider and The Theif Lord, but is only a step up from Inkdeath. Funke does a good job creating well-rounded characters, ones with their own foibles that we come to love.
As always, Funke does a wonderful job mixing fantasy and reality. Her Mirrorworld is a world based on Grimm’s fairy tales, but this world is reaching an Industrial Age, aching to catch up to our world. I love seeing her interpretation of how that affects fairy tale creatures.
As always, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Reading ability-wise and content-wise, I would recommend it to 8th graders or higher.
This realistic fiction was a good book. It follows young Cassie and her three brothers as they deal with the prejudices against African-Americans in the South during the early 20th century. They learn first hand about the precarious situation of owning their own land and not depending upon the whites in the community, as well as how everything they do or say is judged by the white population.
This was a very good book–Taylor did a good job with keeping it interesting, and the climax kept me on the edge of my seat because in tough situations like these, you are afraid of what will happen because it has sadly happened far to often in real life.
However, I have also read Family by J. California Cooper who also writes about an African-American family, but during the Civil War era. She uses eubonics perfectly, whereas Taylor doesn’t. While the characers are actually speaking, some eubonics and Souther dialect are found, but when Cassie is narrating, it is perfect grammar, compared to the full eubonics of Cooper’s novel.
Since the main character is only in 4th grade, I would let any secondary education student (grade 6-12) read it. It deals with some heavy issues, but light enough that I would want an 11 or 12 year old to realize what happened in our past.
First of all, I love Cornelia Funke’s books. Especially her Inkheart Trilogy.
This trilogy follows Meggie and her father Mo (Aka Silvertongue). Mo has the gift of bringing stories to life with his voice. The third book, Mo, Resa, Meggie, and everyone else are in the InkWorld still. Mo has been becoming the Bluejay more and more. This book is the exciting ending in which Mo has to bargain with Death to save Dustfinger, Meggie, and the rest of the InkWorld before Orpheus and the Milksop ruin it for the Adderhead.
I love books about books, and Funke’s books are about bringing them to life. About stories that can breath. That are real. That is the main reason I love to read so much–because then I can travel to those places myself.
Funke shows her excitement and love of words and stories because of her writer, Fenoglio, and her silvertongues Mo, Orpheus, and Darius, and the bibliophile Elinor. I love how she describes, through these characters, her philosophy of how a story is created and how powerful words can be. I also really like how she uses quotes from other books and poems to highlight or foreshadow what each chapter is about.
This is a MUST READ for anyone who likes to read or write.