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Lucy, St Helen and St Katharine

The Land of Neverendings

Emily, her sister Holly and a teddy named Bluey used to make up amazing and magical stories about an incredible land where toys go to play and stay if their owner has died. When Holly died, Bluey was cremated with her and Emily was left with the rest of her family and yet still feeling very lonely until a gateway in Smockeroon, Emily’s imagined world, is broken. With silliness creeping into her world and sadness into Smockeroon, will Emily be able to fix it?

The author of this book made the storyline really fun and enjoyable, and also managed to tie up all of the loose ends at the end by explaining everything and linking everything so it ended very neatly. The characters interacted very convincingly with some put off because of Holly’s death, and others more sympathetic towards Emily. The main character, Emily stayed in the same role all the way through although the reader’s idea of her and her sister is developed loads during the book. The sentence style throughout the book is quite descriptive and uses long sentences. Kate Saunders has effectively conveyed a mood of sadness and playfulness and this is kept up all the way through the book.

I really enjoyed this book because it conveyed the message that you can overcome things which are sad as long as you know people care about you and you remember all of the happy memories which came from that sad thing before or after. It also reminds you that although someone might be gone from your physical life they are always there in your memories and you don’t need to shut those memories out. I would rate this book 9/10 and I would recommend it to people who enjoy stories which make them think.

Posted on: 29th April 2019 at 08:44 am

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