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Jul 09 2008

The Dream-Maker's Magic by Sharon Shinn

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Speak 2006. ISBN 9780142410967
(Age 12+) This is the third in a delightful series by Shinn and follows The Safe-Keeper's Secret and The Truth-Teller's Tale. For all her 11 years Kellen has been raised as a boy, because her mother insisted that she had given birth to a male baby. When she goes to school she meets Gryffin, a brilliant boy with damaged legs, and together they face their adversities, each helping the other to survive. When Gryffin goes to the capital, Kellen is left behind, wondering if their friendship will survive.

Shinn has created a compelling world where people know that they can tell their secrets to a safe-keeper, and if they wish to know the truth that the truth-teller will never lie. And then there is a dream-maker who can make dreams come true. Shinn's characters live ordinary lives but she weaves a magical story around their relationships. Kellen is a most engaging young girl who grows into a kind and independent woman who has a clear view of the importance of love and friendship.

I loved this series for its gentle humour, strong girls, romance and plot twist and turns. Each book can be read as a stand alone, and they will be sure to appeal to girls who like their fantasy with a touch of romance and will give rise to much pondering on friendship, sibling relations and the nature of love and honesty.
Pat Pledger

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