Wallace, Becky The Storyspinner, 432 p. McElderry (Simon), 2015. $18. Violence: PG.
Johanna and her family had good lives as Performers in a traveling troop – until the day Johanna watches her father die during his high wire act. Now she scrapes by with small jobs and hunting in the King’s Forest. Rafi DeSilva is about to inherit his father’s dukedom, when he catches and beats a poacher in his family’s woods – a poacher who is Johanna. As his punishment (Johanna was not poaching), he must do her a great deed – an almost impossible task, because the pair are butting heads constantly. The two don’t know it, but a danger that has been building for 300 years is about to descend upon them. Greed from inside and old dangerous Magics are conspiring to end old secrets.
Wallace’s writing sucked me in and I enjoyed her fresh take on familiar themes. I love it when writers keep surprising me with new stories that feel like old friends.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher