One Year Anniversary of Inkweaver Review

I am pleased to announce that Inkweaver Review is now one year old. Over the past year I have developed greatly as a review writer, improving my reviewing skills and building my own style and form. Inkweaver Review has also taught me volumes about website promotion and allowed me to experiment with different web technologies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 27000 visitors that have stopped by over the past year. Visitors from 128 different countries have stopped by to view the 250 posts on Inkweaver Review. Some of them viewed my site on their Windows or Macintosh computers, others on iPods and iPhones, some on PSP's and Nintendo Wii's. Your continued support and valuable comments have motivated me to keep writing for this website.

Over the upcoming year I plan to slowly expand the theme of Inkweaver Review. Up until now I have focused almost completely on young adult fiction. Over the next year you can expect more of the same fiction reviews, but I will also begin incorporating more detailed critical analysis reviews of classic literature along the lines of my top performing critical analysis of "The Grapes of Wrath."

I also plan to begin posting author bios linked to their reviewed books here on Inkweaver Review. Overall, the next year is going to involve a lot of linking posts together to bring out the full power and scope of Inkweaver Review. With so many book reviews older posts can become forgotten or never read. I plan to incorporate a series of pages that will serve as a tool to help readers to locate more books—not just the ones listed on the main page of Inkweaver Review, but the books that have been reviewed in the past.

Once again, I thank all my visitors for stopping by and I look forward to your continued visits in the future.

Inkweaver Review 2009-02-26T11:24:00-06:00

“Messenger,” by Lois Lowry

“Messenger,” by Lois Lowry is an amazing future Utopian novel designed to be a sequel to “The Giver” and “Gathering Blue.”

Book Cover Art for Messenger by Lois LowryMatty lives in Village, a Utopian society in a future world marked by “cruel governments, harsh punishments, desperate poverty, and false comforts.” The world around Village is filled with ignorance. In Village, though, everyone is welcomed and freed from beatings, hunger, and being kept from knowledge. Village is run by Leader, a grown up version of Jonas, from “The Giver.” When Matty came to Village he was taken on by Seer, an old blind man who helped him to escape from his past and become a better person.

Matty plays an important role in Village. He is a messenger, delving deep into Forest, the dangerous place that surrounds Village. In Forest the trees and plants are dangerous creatures that sometimes entangle people, strangling them horribly. But to Matty Forest has always been friendly, almost ushering him through on his travels.

Village begins to change, however, when Trade Mart starts visiting. At Trade Mart people can trade their most precious possessions for things that they think they need, such as fancy clothing, or a coveted Gaming Machine. However, there are dark secrets behind Trade Mart, for some people trade their deepest selves, their very souls, just to look prettier or appear stronger.

As more and more people visit Trade Mart they come back changed, with attitudes that Village never experienced before. They want Village closed to outsiders. No longer will Village accept the refugees of the external world, because the people of Village no longer want to feed and teach them.

Matty must make one last journey through Forest to deliver the message of Village's closing and get Seer's daughter Kira, the heroine of “Gathering Blue” to come to Village before it is to late. But Forest has changed. Now it is a dangerous place, full of evil and fear. Matty's only help is a strange emerging power that he can not understand.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Messenger,” especially after reading the foundation books “The Giver” and “Gathering Blue.” Lois Lowry has created a vast future world that embraces the greatest hopes and fears of today while teaching deep lessons about looking beyond the surface and never shunning others because they are different. “Messenger” is bolstered by its amazing world, but its characters are also attractive. Readers of “The Giver” and “Gathering Blue” will enjoy reading more about the main characters from those books, while Matty himself is an amazing creation that captures reader's hearts from the start.

I definitely recommend that you read the entire Lois Lowry science fiction series, “Messenger” included.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-26T10:47:00-06:00

The Best Survival Stories and Books

Over the years I have read a great number of books about survival against the odds. Many of these feature a soft person who experiences a plane crash, shipwreck or some other accident that forces them to live off the land or support themselves. The exciting plot and introspective character analysis featured in this genre of literature makes it a favorite among many readers. Today I have picked out three of the very best survival stories that I have reviewed on Inkweaver Review.

"Island of the Blue Dolphins," by Scott O'Dell

Karana is a member of an Indian tribe living on an island. When they are attacked by Russian fur gatherers the tribe is left greatly reduced in number, and it is not long before they leave for the mainland on an American ship.

Karana ends up left on the island to support herself. She has to deal with wild dogs and the Russian fur gatherers who return to the island to kill wild otters.

"Hatchet," by Gary Paulson

This Newberry Honor Award novel pits a young boy named Brian against the North Woods of Canada. Brian is traveling in a small plane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian is forced to crash land the plane in a small lake.

Brian survives the crash but it soon becomes clear that rescuers are not coming for him. Brian has to survive the dangers of the wild wilderness and his own depression and anger.

"Shackleton's Stowaway," by Victoria McKernan

This historical fiction novel is based on the real life experiences of the Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated polar expedition. Young crew member Perce Blackborow stows away on the expedition, not knowing the danger and awaits him on this voyage.

When the ship is crushed by moving ice, Shackleton and his men must venture out across the ice with sleds, trying to reach safety before the ice thaws and breaks up.
Inkweaver Review 2009-02-26T10:32:00-06:00

“The Giver,” by Lois Lowry

Cover of The Giver by Lois Lowry“The Giver,” by Lois Lowry is a Newberry Award Medal science fiction novel about a boy living in a Utopian community of the future. It is designed to be read in parallel with "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger."

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a world that is seemingly perfect. There is no conflict, war, poverty or suffering. Everyone seems to be happy, respecting each other and working together. Everyone is employed, working special jobs chosen by elders who have observed them for years to determine their strengths.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-25T10:43:00-06:00

"The Lionboy Series" by Zizou Corder

"The Lionboy Series" is a phenomenal science fiction trilogy set in a future world where pollution and asthma have become major issues.

Book One - "Lionboy"

In the first book of the series, readers are introduced to young Charlie Ashanti, a young boy whose parents are famous scientists working on a cure for asthma. There is only one program, the big medical companies that make asthma medicine don't want a permanent cure to exist.

When Charlie's parents disappear under mysterious circumstances Charlie decides to rescue them.

Book Two - "Lionboy - The Chase"

Charlie Ashanti is now well into his world spanning journey. He must follow the tracks of his parent's kidnappers. Now though he has the help of a small pride of lions that he rescued from a circus.

There is only one problem. Another kidnapper is now on Charlie's trail!

Book Three - "Lionboy - The Truth"

Charlie is finally reunited with his parents, but only briefly. This time it is Charlie who is kidnapped, and his parents must save him. But Charlie has been taken to the Corporation headquarters, a dangerous place where even the air is laced with mind altering drugs!

This thrilling ending to the Lionboy trilogy is as satisfactory as it is innovative.

Every young reader will enjoy reading the "Lionboy" trilogy.
Inkweaver Review 2009-02-24T11:26:00-06:00

“The Art and Craft of the Machine,” by Frank Lloyd Wright

“The Art and Craft of the Machine,” by Frank Lloyd Wright is a grand, visionary piece that summarizes the philosophy behind Wright’s approach to architecture. The key player in Wright’s discourse is the Machine. Wright endeavors to define the scope and power of the Machine. Then he contrasts the ill effects of its abuse with the good that directed use of the Machine’s power can do in the fields of Art and Craft.

In the first part of “The Art and Craft of the Machine” Wright shows that throughout history the Machine has been used to hinder and ruin Art. Wright’s makes a rather grand statement: “That the Machine has dealt Art in the grand old sense a death blow, none will deny. The evidence is too substantial.” Before Wright can show that the Machine has been injurious to Art he must define what he means by Art and what he means by the Machine. Wright’s definition of Art was “structural tradition, whose craft is fashioned upon the handicraft ideal, ancient or modern.” Key in Wright’s definition of Art is directed labor to create a beautiful effect. Art requires work. The Machine, however is a tool to make work easier and to do work for people. There are many aspects to the Machine, from simple tools to complex industry.

As an example of the way the Machine does damage to Art Wright uses architecture and printing. Wright says, “Down to Gutenberg, architecture is the principal writing-the universal writing of humanity.” Although this concept is at first slightly obscure it begins to make more sense when considered from a historical standpoint.

Many ancient cultures used buildings as a form of “writing.” Early Sumerians built their ziggurats as lasting testimony to their culture and powerful rulers. These forms of expression would last through the years so that people of future generations could “read” about the people that built them. The pharaohs built their pyramids as a similar sort of “writing.” They also used physical writing on their tombs and temples, hieroglyphics about their victories and achievements. To this day archaeologists can read this writing left behind.

Wright’s argument is that the Machine, in this case Gutenberg’s press, made printing a better form of expression. Architecture was no longer the best way to create a lasting effect. It was cheaper and easier to print books that could be disseminated for many people to see. Wright calls the Renaissance “the setting sun which we mistake for dawn.” The Renaissance promoted the beautification of the exterior. Buildings were built for facades, cornings, and other external features. The possibility of beauty in the layout and functionality of the house was no longer important. In one statement Wright summarizes the greatest power and danger of the Machine:

“The Machine is Intellect mastering the drudgery of earth that the plastic art may live; that the margin of leisure and strength by which man’s life upon the earth can be made beautiful, may immeasurably widen; its function ultimately to emancipate human expression.”

The Machine gives people a broader palette of expression to work with it. For example, printing gives rise to new forms of Art such as novel writing. However, the ever present danger is to become so dependent on the Machine that Art becomes something too easy. If the Machine makes it easier to accomplish formerly difficult tasks then will people still be willing to do difficult things for the sake of Art?

Wright explains the pattern of human Art: “Every age has done its work, produced its art with the best tools or contrivances it knew, the tools most successful in saving the most precious thing in the world-human effort.” People naturally want to accomplish the most with the least amount of work. But when the Machine makes something easy to do there may or may not be a trade off. One aspect that Wright considers is mass production.

“Here we find the most deadly perversion of all-the magnificent prowess of the machine bombarding the civilized world with mangled corpses of strenuous horrors that once stood for cultivated luxury-standing now for a species of fatty degeneration simply vulgar.”

Wright makes the argument that the Machine cheapens Art. By making it possible to create nearly worthless reproductions of formerly valuable works of art the Machine makes these pieces of art less valuable. Wright views these products of the Machine as “false beauty.”

But according to Wright, these negative aspects of the Machine do not make the Machine itself an evil thing. Any bad results of the Machine are due to misuse. Wright then goes on to describe the proper use of the Machine.

To Wright the important thing about Art is simplicity. Through simplicity the artist can bring out the natural beauty intrinsic in the ingredients that he uses. A favorite example that Wright uses throughout his critical writings about architecture is that of wood. In the past wood was something to be subdued by man. People attempted to carve, twist and form wood to their specifications. The true beauty of wood, epitomized by wood veneer according to Wright, was only available to the rich in the past. Wood veneer took a long time to produce and was therefore very expensive. However, the Machine makes it possible to produce larger, more perfect sheets of wood veneer that are much less expensive. Used properly the Machine broadens the artist’s palette without sacrificing quality.

“Falling Water” is a classic example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural approach of letting nature beautify a structure.
Wright explains his feelings with regard to the Machine’s use and power:

“Now let us ask ourselves whether the fear of the higher artistic expression demanded by the Machine, so thoroughly grounded in the arts and crafts, is founded upon a finely guarded reticence, a recognition of inherent weakness or plain ignorance! Let us, to be just, assume that it is equal parts of all three, and try to imagine an Arts and Crafts Society that may educate itself to prepare to make some good impression upon the Machine, the destroyer of present ideals and tendencies, their salvation in disguise.”

Wright proposes that teams of artisans and engineers make excursions to factories to study the processes available. By studying the Machine and its powers, Wright believes, people will be better able to make use of it as a tool without letting it get out of control. Wright concludes “The Art and Craft of the Machine” with a beautiful description of the Machine itself in all its mechanical complexity. He ends with the words:

And the texture of the tissue of this great thing, this Forerunner of Democracy, the Machine, has been deposited particle by particle, in blind obedience to organic law, the law to which the great solar universe is but an obedient machine.

Thus is the thing into which the forces of Art are to breathe the thrill of ideality! A SOUL!

Wright says that the Machine itself is a creation that is bound to develop piece by piece, ever increasing in complexity. It is up to Art to give this Machine a purpose and a reason.

“The Art and Craft of the Machine” is a very fascinating piece with broad implications and reasonings. Reading it today, I wonder what Wright would think about the modern Information Age. The realm of machines has passed from the mechanical to the digital. No longer are machines as focused on making work easier. Instead they are focused on making thinking easier. What effects does this new Information Machine have on Art? Just as the Machine of Wright’s time needed to be controlled, likewise the Machine of today should be harnessed and directed.

I feel that Frank Lloyd Wright’s “The Art and Craft of the Machine” is a piece that has modern applications and meaning. I would recommend that all people interested in architecture, society, and art read “The Art and Craft of the Machine.”
Inkweaver Review 2009-02-23T10:29:00-06:00

“Face Value,” by Catherine Johnson

“Face Value,” by Catherine Johnson is a thrilling novel about mystery and deceit in the London fashion scene.

The main characters of “Face Value” are two young girls, Paula and Lauren. Both are rising stars in the London fashion scene. Glamour and money await these young models, but behind the parties and designer clothes is a sinister underworld that is slowly drawing them in. One will survive, but the other will not.

When I read “Face Value” I was confused at first by the book's layout. The novel makes use of alternating passages to draw parallels between the lives of the two girls. However, not only do Paula and Lauren live in different time periods, but Lauren is Paula's daughter, a fact that is not immediately understandable. Once I figured this out I was able to make more sense of the storyline. In the end, most of “Face Value” focuses on the mistakes that Paula made and how her daughter Lauren almost falls into the same danger.

Overall I would say that “Face Value” is a decent read. Catherine Johnson depicts high-fashion from behind the scenes, showing the emotions and pressures in vivid detail. I even enjoyed the plot, though the dual time frame aspect made it slightly difficult to understand. The characters are all well defined with feelings and thoughts that make them believable. To summarize, “Face Value” is an enjoyable book that mystery fans are bound to enjoy.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-21T10:12:00-06:00

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” by Bob Spitz

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” by Bob Spitz is the story of “the Beatles, Beatlemania, and the music that changed the world.”

Bob Spitz's well written book discusses the Beatles rise to fame in great detail, starting with each members personal history. In addition to showing the early influences that introduced John, Paul, George, and Ringo to music Spitz gives the reader an excellent picture of the forces that brought them together as the Beatles. I enjoyed the detailed accounts that Spitz brought up, though the first half of the book seemed perhaps a little bit too drawn out.

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” starts to pick up the pace after the first fourth, as Spitz begins describing the Beatles rather sudden launch to fame. Much of the middle third of the book is devoted to describing Beatlemania in all its stunning forms: screaming, hysterical fans barely held back by the police, and concert goers who yelled so loud throughout the performance that none of the music could be heard. All too soon, however, Spitz moves on to the beginning of the end of the Beatles, as each separate member began to go their own way, until the eventual and inevitable breakup.

I think that Bob Spitz did an admirable job in writing “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.” The book discusses the Beatles is detail without spending too much time focusing on their drug use and other undesirable aspects of their life as stars. I did notice in the story that Bob Spitz does take a rather negative viewpoint of Yoko Ono, depicting her from the understandable viewpoint of any fan who views her as a critical factor in the breakup of the Beatles.

Overall, though, I would say that “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” is an excellent educational book that imparts the thrill of Beatlemania in a fairly balanced way.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-19T11:16:00-06:00

“Shelf Life – Stories by the Book,” edited by Gary Paulson

“Shelf Life – Stories by the Book,” edited by Gary Paulson is a collection of ten original short stories about how books and writing effect people. What stood out to me most in this innovative collection was the array of different writing genre's presented.

Ellen Conford starts the collection with her story “In Your Hat,” a humorous anecdote about a book review that brings comeuppance upon a practical joker.

Margaret Peterson Haddix continues the book with “Escape,” the story of how a girl who lives with her mother in a homeless shelter comes to understand why books are so important.

“Follow the Water” by Jennifer L. Holm is a science fiction story about a young girl on Mars. The conditions that she must experience are nothing like the fantastic descriptions in the science fiction stories that she read about the Red Planet!

“Testing, Testing, 1...2...3,” by A. LaFaye is about how a boy finally discovers how to do well in school thanks to a magic book given to him by the woman next door.

Gregory Maguire contributed “Tea Party Ends in Bloody Massacre, Film at 11,” the tale of a young tomboy girl who subdues her taste for horror fiction to please her mother's society neighbors.

“What's a Fellow to Do?” by Kathaleen Karr is the story of a young pickpocket during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The tale has a decidedly remote connection to the Bible story of Moses, but it was still included.

“Wet Hens” by Ellen Whitlinger is the tale of two girls who form a friendship thanks to a book that they both read when they were young children.

“The Good Deed,” by Marion Dane Bauer is about a girl who volunteers to read to a blind woman. At first she just thinks of it as a job until she realizes that what she is doing should be more than a duty.

“Baracole for Paper and Bones,” by M.T. Anderson is a horror story about a deserted ship. The ship's logs, journals, and all records should explain where the crew and captain are, but instead they each tell a different story, with a different terrifying ending.

Finally, “Clean Sweep,” by Joan Bauer explains how a book helps an old woman to make peace with a sister that she had a falling out with many years ago.

“Shelf Life – Stories by the Book,” is quite a fascinating collection of book based stories. Some of them are better written than others, but all together they stand as a solid collection with varied genres and messages that stand solidly. Best of all, sales of this book benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, to help promote reading skills for everyone.

I would recommend “Shelf Life – Stories by the Book” to readers who love books.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-19T10:10:00-06:00

“Zigzag,” by Ellen Wittlinger

“Zigzag,” by Ellen Wittlinger is the story of a teenage girl who travels on a life changing journey across the Western United States with her aunt and cousins.

When Robin learns that her boyfriend Chris is leaving the country on a summer program that will take him to Rome she is devastated. This was to be their last summer together before he left for college, and now Robin feels that everything is slipping away from her. She feels that she is nothing without Chris.

But with Chris gone Robin decides to go with her aunt and cousins on a road trip that will take them on a zig zag journey across the Western United States toward California. Since Robin has never left her home state of Iowa this trip appeals to her in a way, but at the same time she has never gotten along with her stuck up cousins. What is more, since their father's untimely death her relatives family situation has become even more problematic.

As the trip progresses tensions frequently erupt, and at first Robin rues the day that she agreed to come along. But soon Robin finds herself as a buffer of sorts, guiding her younger cousins and listening to their confessions and fears. As Robin helps her family deal with their problems she at the same time finds the strength to deal with her own issues and become a stronger person.

“Zigzag” uses a classic literary theme: a journey that represents not only actually traveling but an inward development and coming of age. However Ellen Wittlinger uses this potentially cliché theme in a way that renders completely interesting and remarkably unique. The characters in “Zigzag” are designed with love and their varying strengths and weakness are well balanced in the novels grand scheme. I enjoyed “Zigzag” for its fresh depictions and beautiful words. I recommend this novel for a journey that you won't forget.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-17T10:09:00-06:00

Book Review Blog Carnival

Inkweaver Review is pleased to announce the eleventh edition of Book Review Blog Carnival. Once again Inkweaver Review is a contributing blog.

I encourage you to stop by and have a read.
Inkweaver Review 2009-02-17T08:30:00-06:00

“Seekers – The Quest Begins,” by Erin Hunter

“Seekers – The Quest Begins,” by Erin Hunter is the story of three bears who must embark on a long quest to find the solution to global climate change.

Kallik is a young polar bear from North Canada. Times are beginning to get difficult for polar bears, because the ice is melting earlier and earlier every year, forcing the bears to get off the ice, where they can hunt, and onto the land before they are ready. When Kallik's mother is eaten by orcas while swimming between two ice sheets Kallik must continue the journey to land alone.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-15T10:06:00-06:00

“The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies,” by Lizabeth Zindel

“The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies,” by Lizabeth Zindel is the story of a teenage girl who becomes part of a secret clique at her ritzy private school.

When Maggie and her Mom move to New York City, Maggie is both slightly thrilled and slightly afraid. On the one hand she has a chance to start over completely at Berkeley Prep, a fancy private school just for girls. But the only problem is that she is entering the school as a senior, and all her new classmates have already formed their cliques and friendships. It seems as if Maggie won't have a chance to find any friends at all.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-13T10:05:00-06:00

“Rex Zero – King of Nothing,” by Tim Wynne-Jones

“Rex Zero – King of Nothing,” by Tim Wynne-Jones is a mystery story for juvenile readers.

The story is set in the early 1960's in Ottawa, Canada. The main character is a young boy named Rex. Rex's life is always full of adventure. Not only does he have an evil substitute teacher named Miss Garr, but he also has a whole host of strange mysteries to solve. Who owns the mysterious address book that Rex found in a phone booth? Who is that beautiful woman with the black eye? Why does it seem as if Rex's father is hiding something from him? Rex doesn't yet know the answers, but with his band of courageous friends he plans to get to the bottom of these mysteries, and get rid of Miss Garr at the same time!

I wasn't particularly impressed with “Rex Zero – King of Nothing.” Not only were the characters in the story slightly ridiculous, but the plot was also highly unbelievable. Most of Rex's escapades wavered between the foolish and the downright reckless. The only slightly interesting thing about “Rex Zero – King of Nothing” was its portrayal of the world during the 1960's, from the Red Scare to the current technology. The children in “Rex Zero – King of Nothing” don't have cell phones and they don't play video games, they play sports and ride their bikes.

To summarize, I'm sure that a school age child might enjoy this book, but personally I'm of the opinion that even for a junior fiction novel “Rex Zero – King of Nothing” is exceptional for its lack of depth.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-11T10:02:00-06:00

“Nim at Sea,” by Wendy Orr

“Nim at Sea,” by Wendy Orr is a sequel to the popular book “Nim's Island,” now made into a motion picture.

Nim is a young girl who lives on a tropical island with her father and an adventure writer named Alex. Nim's life is both peaceful away from city life, and exciting as she plays with her animal friends, a sea lion named Selkie, and a marine iguana named Fred.

Then one day Alex leaves the island and Selkie is kidnapped by a poacher and taken away on a Troppo Tourist cruise ship. Nim sets out on a journey to rescue her sea lion friend and bring Alex back to the island. Little does she know but her journey will take her across the wide sea, all the way to New York City, where she will experience big city life for the first time.

Wendy Orr's “Nim at Sea” is a cute book for younger readers. The main character Nim is well designed to appeal to young readers, and her antics are sure to delight them. The plot is a little bit frustrating, seeming to drag on and on compared with the lightening fast conclusion. Nevertheless I recommend “Nim at Sea” as a good book for young readers.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-09T10:00:00-06:00

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” by Kate DiCamillo

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” by Kate DiCamillo is a touching children's story about a toy rabbit that is lost by its owner.

Edward Tulane is a proud china rabbit who is very pleased with himself. His owner, a girl named Abilene, always treats him with great respect, clothing him with the most distinguished clothes and always making sure that he is well groomed. Edward views himself as very elegant and quite superior to the people around him.

But one day Abilene takes Edward with her on an ocean cruise and a dreadful accident occurs. Edward is lost overboard. Completely alone for the first time in his life, Edward suddenly learns to appreciate the people that meant so little to him before.

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” is without doubt a truly marvelous book. As Edward's adventure takes him through multiple owners, it seems that heartache and misfortune follow in his wake. The passages are filled with love and emotion that impart great depth to the storyline. Kate DiCamillo's book is surprisingly meaningful despite the fact that it is obviously focused towards children. The beautiful illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline also depict snippets of Edwards life in stunning detail.

Simply summarized “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” is about the loss of love and the way to find love again. I am confident that young and older readers alike will enjoy “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.”

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Inkweaver Review 2009-02-07T09:58:00-06:00