Friday, January 11, 2019

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders - ADVISABLE

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders, 245 pages. Delacourt Press 2017 $17 Language: PG (0 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

BUYING ADVISORY: MS - ADVISABLE 

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE 

Emily's older sister passed away three months ago, and Emily is still mourning, not only for her sister, but also for Bluey - the blue teddy bear that was cremated along with Holly. Emily and her family had spent years making up stories and adventures about Bluey, and Emily longs to see both her sister and the bear again. Then, one night Emily dreams about talking toys who know Bluey and live in the made up land where he lives. But there's something else going on, the toys are passing into the "hard" world more and more often, Emily isn't dreaming and the toys are acting very strange. 

The Land of Neverendings is odd, but touching; almost a nightmare version of Winnie the Pooh, but not scary, just strange. Originally published in London, I think it may be too British for my middle schoolers, however, as books about grief and loss go, this is one I'd recommend.  

Lisa Librarian

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