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The Land of Neverendings Hardcover – 5 Oct 2017
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This is written from the heart and can't fail to make yours sing. (The Times – Book of the Week)
A delicate, funny, poignant exploration of grief, love and memory that has the welcoming warmth of an instant classic. (Guardian)
Imagination, memories and new beginnings triumph. (The Sunday Times – Book of the Week)
This is the work of a natural storyteller' whose real subject is not much loss as the healing power of the imagination. (Daily Telegraph)
As hilarious as it is heartbreaking, another future classic from Costa Winner Kate Saunders (Five Children on the Western Front)See all Product description
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I read this on Kindle before giving the hardback to my daughter for Christmas. It has all the elements you could want in a book for girls in this age group: friendship, loss, suspense, magic, good versus evil, and the conflict children approaching adolescence feel between the wanting to hold onto the comfort and magic of their childhood toys and the need to be ‘grown up’. I absolutely loved it, and am confident my daughter will too. This book deserves to become a classic.
This wonderful story is an inspirational tale from the pen of children's author Kate Saunders,and is certain to become huge hit.
Personally,I prefer it to her previous book "Five Children And It",although,as my mother often said "comparisons are odious".
With a touch of JM Barrie about it,this story had me hooked from the first page.It will definitely become a 21st century children's classic.
I won't say too much more about the story and the characters-just be assured that this book comes highly recommended-for ALL ages.
I don't like putting spoilers in fiction reviews so I will try to be a bit general and just give a type of back cover blurb.
The story centres around Emily and the death of her sister, Holly. When Holly was alive Emily provided a voice for Holly's bear Bluey who would tell Holly stories about a magical land called Smockeroon. When Holly dies, Emily loses her connection to Bluey, Holly and her connection to the land of Smockeroon so she starts to write down all she remembers in a little book. And then Emily starts dreaming about Smockeroon and the door between our world - the 'hard world' - and Smockeroon breaks down and toys from Smockeroon start creating gentle havoc in the real world and in Emily's life. Emily desperately wants to get to Smockeroon where she might see Bluey and Holly again but will she be able to?
Along the way Emily makes new friends and regains lost ones and finds out the deeper stories about the love and loss of people's lives. There is a richness and a deepness to the writing that I found very satisfying. I laughed and I cried and this story had a authenticity that speaks straight into the heart. The notes at the end of the book help to explain why.
This is a magical story for kids of all ages. Highly recommended.
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