Sarah's Stars

Andrea Spalding. The Keeper and the Crows
Orca, ISBN 1-55143-141-6 $6.95 119 pg.

Misha has come to visit his Aunt Dora, in the historic town of Belfountain. Oddly enough, it seems that the crows are listening to every word spoken by him and Aunt Dora. Later, he hears his aunt talking outside his bedroom window, and when he looks down, he sees her talking to a white fish. What? How can that be? "I must have been dreaming," Misha thinks. Unfortunately, he's not. He soon discovers his aunt is the 'keeper' of the key, a key which Misha must search for, by himself, and bring back before the crows can take over the world.

The Keeper and the Crows is an adventure novel suitable for upper primary or new 'chapter book' readers. Andrea Spalding has created a world of fantasy in a very real place. The characters she has created are brave, bold and courageously determined. The adventure in this book is fascinating. It is amazing what the author has done to make a real place so interesting, yet fantasy-like.

The Keeper and the Crows is a well-written, fast moving, children's book. It will keep you on your toes. I couldn't put it down ... I had to keep reading! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it as a quick read, kids read-aloud, or for younger children starting to read small chapter books. I give this novel four stars.


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