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The Sower of Tales

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All her life, Calantha has wanted only one thing: to apprentice with the Gatherer, and dedicate herself entirely to the Story Pods and the Tales. She dreams and muddles her way through her days, bumbling her chores and exasperating her mother. But when evening comes, and with it the Talemeet, Calantha comes to life. She is open and attentive to everything: the Gathering, t ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Mar 01, 2013 Tnjc rated it liked it
The Sower of Tales: A Review

Since the “Great Liberation” 670 years ago, the Plains folk have lived a prosperous life; until now…
The Sower of Tales, by Rachna Gilmore, is a decent novel of sacrifice, loyalty and magic.
Calantha (insert who she is here), is no ordinary plains’ girl. Despite her mother’s protests, she hopes to apprentice to Kasmira, the local Gatherer of story pods. Story pods are small, brightly-coloured plants that, once harvested by the Gatherer, emit a lovely tale. However, one
Aug 16, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers, middle school
I read this when it was listed under the MYRCA books, and voted for it but unfortunately it didn't win. It is a really fantastic book and what I loved most was the world the author created. This was a tale of fantasy that I hadn't heard before and it was really entertaining and cool! Calantha is the main character and she is apprenticing for the Gatherer, a person who picks these 'story pods' which are planted by the Sower of Tales, and when opened they tell a story to the townspeople. However, ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
I think this book needed to commit more: it was vague in parts where more specificity would have been magical (I'm thinking specifically of the omission of the tales). As I read it Gilmore committed to using interjections from her fantastical world ("Snarking bograts!" "Flikketing lizards!"), which is a good start... I'd have appreciated it if the book were about 200 pages longer; it would have been a richer experience.
Jan 28, 2016 Missy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-gr-4-6
Was intrigued with the idea of tales coming from story pods but didn't find much new or fresh here. Did like the author's message of the importance of story in our lives and society, the importance of our own personal stories and the importance of actively sharing stories to keep the art alive.
Aug 05, 2012 Polly rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Good story with some original ideas and some good, if not, brilliant, characters. I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it's really quite good, and I'm always so pleased to meet an author who can finish a decent fantasy story in one book. If it's brilliant fantasy, of course I'm happy to have it go on, but one slightly over 400-page novel was enough for this story, and I'm glad the author recognized that!
Apr 04, 2013 Alicia rated it liked it
I remember I read this book like 6 years ago and thought it was good but I was 10 so... I don't remember too much about it though, just that I enjoyed it.
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Well this book is about these two young girls who must keep there family going with making rose buds.
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A beautiful, fanciful young adult book with an engaging protagonist.
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Rachna Gilmore is the best-selling, critically acclaimed Governor General’s Award winning author of numerous books with multiple honours and awards. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as adult fiction.
Rachna’s books are sold internationally with translations in French, Danish, German, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Bengali, Chinese as well a
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