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I posted a spotlight for this book as part of a blog tour on February 26th, 2020 and am posting my review of this book here today:
What would happen if words disappeared forever?
Set in a whimsical town called Inkwell, a place with an ancient secret history, this fairytale-like adventure will uncover the key to the power hidden within words.
The Word-Keeper is a tale about a savvy bookmark named Ben that unwillingly becomes an evil imp with only one objective: follow the orders of his master and destroy the words that live inside books.
Only one girl can stop him. Her name is Florence Ibbot. She is eleven years old, oddly eloquent and a quiet observer of the world. But above all, Florence is a keen logophile and is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the words.
She sets out to discover who is behind all this. The journey will take her to the origins of writing and inspiration. But she’ll also have to face the most treacherous adversary, Zyler, a ruthless sorceress whose sole mission is to ruin one of humankind’s most precious possessions: the gift of language.
As the final battle approaches, Florence will have to learn how to wield words instead of the sword. Is Florence brave enough to become who she was born to be?
When you learn that the first word uttered (and understood) by Florence as a baby was hyperbole that should give you some indication of the level of vocabulary used in the book and that it is really only suitable for very able readers. It is a fantasy adventure that will appeal to lexicographers and logophiles, whatever their ages, whilst for the less eloquent the vocabulary used may detract from their understanding and spoil the flow of the story.
It is a story where good v evil, with words under threat. The initial journey is comparatively uneventful, meandering and relatively slow paced until Florence arrived in Inkwell where her grandfather lives. After this the pace speeds up and the story becomes much more eventful and entertaining. There are great characters to help support Florence as she begins her main adventure and the battle to protect words.
After more than thirty years of teaching primary children, I can think of a handful of children who would have been absolutely intrigued and absorbed by the word choices made by the author in telling this story. If your child is a budding logophile, they’ll love this story. It is a story about words, how powerful they can be and how their use can impact on others. Teachers should check this book out if they are trying to inspire their pupils to use more powerful words in their own writing.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review.
Author Bio –
Veronica Del Valle grew up in Argentina, but life eventually led her to live in London, the city that was her home for many years.
Veronica’s always had a fondness for words, language and the magic of storytelling. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.
Veronica currently lives in Buenos Aires with her husband, Ale, and her daughter, Tomiko. She teaches creative writing at Universidad de San Andres and is a contributing editor and writer for one of Argentina’s leading news organizations.
When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s either a) meditating or b) enjoying life with her family (which, in a way, is another beautiful way to meditate).
The Word Keeper is the first novel she’s written.
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