Sarah's Stars

Kathleen McDonnell. The Songweavers
Second Story $9.95  ISBN 978-1-897187-42-5  222 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, Age 11

She stood before the Great Loom. Before her was the story cloth, still mounted on the warp, embroidered with the images that told the story of her homeland - the Rory Bory, the Great Skyway, Painted Rock, Lake Notherland, Gavi, Molly the pirate doll, and the singing spirits known as Nordlings, her own sisters and brothers.

In the first book, The Nordlings, Peggy discovers her seven year old fantasy world once again, and luckily comes back just in time to go on a mission with her old friends, to save the Nordlings from the Nobodaddy, at the hole at the pole. In the second book, The Shining World, Peggy is transported back into Notherland, to find out that Mi has gone missing. So they dream themselves into other realms that Mi might have gone, meeting the pirate queen, and Mr. William Blake in the process. In the third and last book, The Songweavers, Peggy, seventeen year old Creator of Notherland, has come to a bump in the road when she pushes Notherland, the imaginary world she created when she was seven years old, along with Molly, the pirate doll, Gavi, the philosopher loon, Mi the Nordling, the other singing Nordlings, and everything else in it, out of her mind. And by doing so, she destroys Notherland, without even knowing it. So it is up to Mi to travel to Eternity, where she must create a story cloth, telling of Notherland.

The Songweavers was an exciting last book in The Notherland Journeys trilogy. It surprises you with something that, if you've read the first two, you would have never guessed would happen. It takes you to a whole new level of the story, and never slows down. You can definitely feel Miís frustration as she tries to spin the yarn for her story cloth, and even more when her story cloth turns out to be worthless. You should definitely read The Notherland Journeys if youíre bored or looking for a good read. In the first two books, it did slow down in a few choice spots, where I had to tell myself that something exciting would happen soon. But I was really sad when The Songweavers was over. I felt really sad for Peggy at the end, but you'll have to read the series to find out why!

I'll give The Songweavers 4 and one-half GOLD stars! This fantasy book is suitable for kids 9 to 12 years old; however, there are quite a few big words for the younger reader!!


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