The Broken Thread

Author:  Linda Smith Copyright:  2008
The Broken Thread is quite simply one of the best books I’ve read this summer.  It helps that I’m a sucker for castle intrigue and adventure.  This one brings to mind the Inkspell series and  Warlocks of Taverdin, although it’s not as dark or complicated.  Alina is destined to be a Weaver.  One of the women who works on the Tapestry of Life.  She is delighted with the prospect and can’t wait to go.  Yet when she arrives, she finds the work dull and doesn’t even get to see the Tapestry.  On her first occasion to see it, she makes a rash mistake and is sent through time and space to correct her error in the Kingdom of Kazia.  We are told the story through the eyes of Alina and her experiences watching over the Prince Ranjan.  The story is interesting and compelling, the characters vivid and appealing, the setting clear and realistic.

CM review

Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓    #2        #3         #4 (not acceptable)

Interest Level:  Grade 6-9    Reading Level:  Grade 6+

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Theme(s) Topic(s):  adventure, fantasy, gender studies, nature of power and fear

Beginning of Chapter Six makes a great read aloud for introducing the book, practicing visualization, as an example of great descriptive language.

Snow Willow nominee 2009


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