Friday, July 25, 2008

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner - OPTIONAL

Gardner, Sally The Red Necklace, 372 p. Dial (Penguin), 2008.


Over the backdrop of the French Revolution, a young Gypsy boy, Yann, and his dwarf protector, Tetu, are caught in the plot of Count Kalliovski (as he calls himself now), a madman who is fleecing the rich of French of all he can before their world crumbles. While Yann escapes to England, a girl, Sido, daughter of an aristocrat, is left behind as France descends into chaos. Yann is putting his life on the line to return and rescue her, but he also has found his powers, which he will need to survive the journey.

While there is action and plot, this book lacks depth to its story or meaningful growth for any of its characters. It might make good filler material for a large collection.

Cindy Mitchell – Library-Teacher

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