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The Crickhowell School for the Muses [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Waxman
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When Awen is kidnapped from her rural village and confined at Crickhowell, where Miss Nina runs a thriving business in the muse trade, her misery eventually fades into relief. She finds a kind music teacher, discovers a new friend, and her only requirement as a student is to study the art of singing-her favorite thing in the world. However, Awen soon realizes that Miss Nina's goal is not simply to train voices. She is trying to take them away. Determined to escape this fate, Awen becomes swept up into the intrigues of a scheming subordinate teacher, a salacious workman, a quirky artist-patron, and a handsome blond horseman. When both her own voice and the music around her mysteriously fade into silence, Awen's only hope is to turn against the very artist she was commanded to inspire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC074C8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,045,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor 11 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A really odd book! I didn't find the characters believable - for example, I'm sure the main character would be trying to find her family at least. I did finish it, waiting for something to happen, but the book was wound up in a great rush at the end, and still didn't really lead very far. Don't bother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking and life-changing, for YAs -- or anyone 10 April 2013
By Paul McComas - Published on
Rachel Waxman ably taps multiple literary schools and genres (neo-gothic, coming-of-age, magical realism, romance, feminism, fairy tale) in evoking the story of a gifted young singer and her quest for selfhood. An extended, multilevel allegory that defies pat analysis, "Crickhowell" will keep the critics both guessing and debating, but I for one see: a 14-year-old girl, traumatized into muteness, whose speech returns at the book's midpoint only after she dares defend herself .... A kitchen door with no inner knob -- no escape for the indentured cook who longs to claim, as she says, "something of my own" .... A young vocalist who pines to sing, just once, for herself -- yet also wonders, "What is the point of unshared art?" It's fitting that less than a third of the novel takes place within the titular School, for ultimately this is an exploration less of Waxman's ingenious conceit -- an institutional training-ground for artists' muses -- than of the real world in which, daily, the young-and-creative struggle and live. "Some day," the dreamy horseman Francis advises our young heroine, "you will learn that you don't have to wait for anybody to give you anything." And some day -- soon -- some girl will read those words in this book and find within herself the power to flee her own particular Crickhowell, wherever and whatever it might be.
- Paul McComas, author of "Unforgettable," "Planet of the Dates," and "Unplugged"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful fable 22 May 2013
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
The Crickhowell School For The Muses
Rachel Waxman
Fithian Press/Daniel & Daniel Publishers, May 5 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9781564745415

The men with wagons arrive at the small village, but are disappointed by the lack of talent until they hear singing. They abduct the source fourteen year old Awen and take her to Miss Nina who, in spite of too many singers, likes the teen's voice. She accepts the frightened child as a student at her Crickhowell School For The Muses; training her under the patronage of Sir Robert Thomas.

Awen is mute as she is escorted around the school. Encouraged by her music teacher Mr. Whitewood, she sings leaving him elated with her golden range. However, she returns to her silent state after leaving the music room. When Awen learns the true nature of the Crickhowell School For The Muses, she knows she must escape before she loses her most beloved possession. Francis the Horseman plans to help her get away.

The Crickhowell School For The Muses is a wonderful fable starring a delightful frightened yet brave female who refuses to be someone's muse instead of being herself. Character driven by the heroine, Rachel Waxman encourages young readers to take smart chances on life in order to soar; as one may fail but cannot make magical music if you don't sing the song.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome! 10 May 2013
By Kathy Plous - Published on
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The book draws you in from the very first page. Just loved it. Hope she continues to write. Ms Waxman is truly a gifted writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the senses 16 Jun. 2013
By Katie - Published on
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This is a lovely, tactile novel. From the very first page, author Rachel Waxman invokes smells, touches, tastes, sights, and most importantly sounds to create a book that jumps up physically. The novel also explores the interesting theme of inspiration. Awen is kidnapped and inducted into the Crickhowell School for the Muses, launching an interesting exploration of where artists get their inspirations from, what happens to art when you treat it one way or another, and what role the muse really plays in the creation of art. A thoughtful, well-written novel; I can't wait to see what else this author produces!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good diversion read 25 Jun. 2014
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A fun read..
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