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Iona, St Helen and St Katharine

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings is a funny, moving book. It is about toys coming to life after the door between the ‘Hard World’ and Smockeroon. The reason it is so moving is that Emily’s disabled sister Holly has just died, and her favourite toy Bluey is cremated with her. When Emily meets the toys belonging to her next-door neighbour Ruth’s dead son, she begins to wonder if she can travel to Smockeroon and meet Bluey and therefore Holly. After a disastrous trip to Smockeroon in their dreams, Ruth bans using the spell again. Teaming up with her new friend Martha, who’s toy also came to life – Pippa (One of the Seam-Rite girls) and her old best friend Maze who’s rude doll Prison Wendy or Prizzy also comes to life, they attempt to send her back to Smockeroon.
The characters are all unique – Emily who is a kind-hearted young girl missing her sister, Martha who is cuddly and will make friends with anyone, Maze who although abandoning Emily for Summer originally is loyal to Emily, and last but not least Ruth, who is a realistic older lady who lives next door to Emily, and trusts Emily very much.
The style of writing is fun and easy to read, which makes it an enjoyable book to read. Overall I would rate this book nine and a half out of ten, because it is both touching and fun, a rare combination in children’s and teenage fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

Posted on: 29th March 2019 at 08:39 am

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