Monday, November 21, 2011
Sandwriter by Monica Hughes
Sandwriter is a plain, straightforward, but engaging story. I enjoyed it very much. I think of it as a modern-day fairy tale: it has a princess, romance, adventure, mystery, and a moral. And while the moral of the story is quite apparent by the end, I don't feel that Monica Hughes has banged me over the head with it. The narrator's opinions are subtly woven into the fabric of the story.
And they are this: don't be greedy. Don't take more than you need. Don't waste. Don't be selfish. Like these messages, Hughes's writing is spare but magnetic. Watching Antia gain wisdom is both enteratining and enlightening. The reader is given enough information to form an opinion and grow to sympathize with the protagonist, but not every movement and choice is analyzed.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a YA fantasy that is about more than the trials of passing through adolescence. Sandwriter has more to offer readers than the protagonist's day-to-day activities; it asks readers to consider the scope of their own lives.
Copy source: libarary
Genre: young adult fantasy
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