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Love it or hate it..
on 2 November 2009
I chose this book for our school book club (ages 8-11) because it was recommended to me by someone who adored it and the response at book club has been absolutely polarised.
Some of the children really loved it, were very moved by the story and enjoyed the poetry and differences between chapters.
Some of the children absolutely hated it, finding it "over fancy" or "too flowery".
It made a great book for a book club, because there were no in-betweeny views, and the debate was hot!
Personally I found it a bit wishy-washy, maybe even beige. The story could've been presented even more strongly - I think the kids could take it!
My friend on the other hand found it "magical" and read it ten times in a weekend.
It didn't appeal to the children who'd loved the previous fast-moving adventures like Varjak paw & HIVE - but that's not very surprising.
An interesting change.