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Kya, St Helen and St Katharine

The Land of Neverendings

For starters I thought this book was awesome and very moving, it was full of imagination, sadness and happiness. The opening chapter of the book was really strong (very sad) and set the scene for the story. Emily’s sister, Holly dies and even though you only hear about Holly in flashbacks the author really makes you feel as if you know her, revealing her personality bit by bit. The story is full of strong characters and the relationships between them and their favorite toys. The toys exist in our world (the “hard world” to toys) but come to life in a land of magic called Smockeroon. The magic of Smockeroon starts to leak into our world through a broken door.

Emily is my favorite character, she is trying to come to terms with the death of her sister, she misses her terribly, so when toys start to come to life and an evil toad starts to take over Smockeroon and Emily and her neighbour start to have strange dreams they decide to investigate. With the help of her kind, biscuit loving next door neighbour, Ruth (whose teenage son, Danny died unexpectedly), Emily tries to work out how to get to the world of Smockeroon and save the toys from the spread of unhappiness and the havoc that it is causing. The book also weaves a story with Emily’s friends (and their toys), Maze who was her really good friend before Holly died, a new friend Martha and Summer who is her sworn enemy. With the help of the toys all of them investigate together and become a happy group of friends again.

“Emily shrieked with laughter, suddenly ridiculously happy. They all laughed, and there was the faintest echo,
(but not really far at all),
in deepest Smockeroon...”

I enjoyed the ending because it was a coming of age book and how Emily dealt with loss, I also liked how Ruth helped Emily and gave her advice. So I give this book 10/10 for it’s imagination, plot, complex character development and of course the toys.

Posted on: 29th April 2019 at 08:49 am

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