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The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neveryendings
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders tells the emotional story of a young girl (Emily) who lost her sister (Holly) and is struggling to deal with the grief. This novel is inspirational due to the way that Emily overcame her grief to live with happiness in her life again. However, I found this book to be too unrealistic as the concept of other dimensions in which happiness is everywhere and toys live out the rest of the days in an imaginary land called Smockeroon is extremely innocent, and does not portray any relevance to modern life. Despite the fact, I did not like Smockeroon, the plot was well constructed and beautifully written. I felt that the way that Emily carried on with a life of happiness even after the terrible events that happened to her, shows how resilient people can be and I felt that the novel provided a strong message to not give up and to strive through the difficult times. I also believe that the Smockeroon is a representation of silliness and childhood innocence, which demonstrates that even older people can have a fun-filled life. The characters are expertly crafted; I particularly like Ruth who at the beginning has doubts about what she was seeing, yet, with the help of Emily, she too begins to believe. The way that Ruth vanquished her suspicions is incredibly encouraging and directly relevant to modern day society. I felt that the way the imagination of Ruth and Emily indicates that humans are linked to other people who have had similar experiences; they supported each other throughout their difficult times which displays their undeniable connection. Additionally, the issues that Emily faces at school are common which further adds to the novel’s relatability. Personally, I would recommend that this novel is aimed at 10-12 year old because I believe that it is an enjoyable read yet also tackles some concerns of people around that age.

Posted on: 2nd May 2019 at 08:49 pm

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