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The Land of Neverendings

When you first see the cover of The Land of Neverendings, you could be forgiven for thinking that it's just another book about toys for young children. But you realize how wrong you are when you open the book and are thrown into the story of a girl trying to get over her sister's death. The fantastical world of Smockeroon, and the toys which come to life, act as a wonderful metaphor for trying to get over the loss of a loved one. This book deals with very dark and challenging topics and makes them accessible and relatable. Whilst it can get a bit childish for teenagers at times, it's mostly as gripping and intriguing as any YA novel - proving that this is a book designed to be read by older and younger people alike. One criticism is that occasionally, lines which are very obviously meant to be funny get in the way of a moving scene. That said, The Land of Neverendings is one of the best books I've read on the Carnegie Shortlist. The main character feels isolated from her friends after her sister dies because they don't understand what she's going through, but if ever there was a book which made people understand what losing someone is like, I'm sure it would be this one.

Posted on: 26th May 2019 at 09:53 am

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