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Tessa, Oxford High School

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings is a heart-wrenching story which uses themes of imagination, loss and love to power it along. It focuses on the story of a girl called Emily who has lost her sister (Holly) and with her, a piece of herself.
Emily felt like a very real person to me, and I loved the characteristics of Hugo and Smiffy. Ruth was also a lovely character, and the intertwining story of her, Emily, Maze and Martha was one of the things I enjoyed the most. I also really enjoyed how the author mixed the sadness of the ‘hard world’ with the bright, imaginative world of Smockeroon. Although some people might argue that it is aimed at a younger audience, I think that the subtle themes of loss and love make it a really great read for children of a wider age range.
Kate Saunders has done a brilliant job in capturing Emily’s story, and making it feel very real and powerful. Overall I think this book was a wonderful, unique read, packed with imagination and I would absolutely recommend it.

Posted on: 22nd May 2019 at 08:23 am

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