Friday, March 20, 2020

Saving Fable (Talespinners #1) by Scott Reintgen - ADVISABLE

Saving Fable (Talespinners #1) by Scott Reintgen, 361 pages. Crown (Random House), 2020.  $17.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mild violence)



Indira Story has dreamed of being invited to Fable – one of the cities where characters-in-waiting go to Protagonist Preparatory, where she will have a chance to be a main character.  When the coveted invitation actually arrives, nothing seems to go smoothly.  In fact her teachers say she hasn’t been turning in her work,  the friends she made her first day seem to be avoiding her, and her mentor says she may not even be fit to be a side character – maybe not even a cameo or stock character. Something fishy – something bad – is going on in Fable.  Who can Indira trust? Who can she reach out to help her find the enemy – before the Real World and the Fable World are irreparably damaged?

Another fresh take on the idea that the characters that live inside our books actually have minds and lives of their own. Kind of like a middle grade version of Lenore Applehans The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project. My students enjoy the Storybound books by Marissa Burt, so I think they will enjoy this also.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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