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Henry H. Neff. The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan
Random House  $21.99  ISBN 978-0-375-83894-1  414 pg.
Reviewed by Kaelyn, Age 12

“Hoo-hoo-hoo!” she chuckled. “You are a cautious one, Max! You are one cautious, bright little boy! You just might be the one we want.”

Sweat broke out on Max`s forehead; his throat itched. He glanced at her cane, realizing he could run. No one had ever been able to catch him when he ran, and Mrs. Millen was old.

“I think you should go now,” he said. “I’m not feeling well.”

“Of course, my dear…”

The woman pushed back from the table

“…but you’re coming with me!”

There are many things I could say about this book; it can paint pictures in your mind, it can befuddle and shock you with the twists in its plot, it can scare and exhilarate you within the pages teeming with its beautiful characters. Then there are those books like mazes; when you are sure you are heading in the right direction, you find you have been mislead, and are soon lost in the many twists and spins the book portrays. I felt that! This describes The Tapestry exactly. The day Max McDaniels discovers a strange room that seemingly no one else can see, he receives a letter and so our marvelous journey begins, although you don’t have to go far to find the maze inside the walls of Rowan…

Henry Neff has created a series that I feel will have many of us on our toes waiting for the next one! For I am betting any who read the first one MUST read the second one. My only pet peeve is that I wanted to know what had happened to some of the characters in the end!! One of which I took a great liking to. Jimmy, the strange little man who loves “grooming” the first years at Rowan is written into the book only once! Other than that I loved this book and would present it to children 11 and up. The size of the book might be frightening but you will find once you’re in the maze it’s hard to get out.

Five maze-like stars for The Hound of Rowan.


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