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The Story Box

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Colin fears for his younger sister, Etta, who has dreams that wake her in the night. For on the Isle of Ariban, imagination is outlawed, stories are banned, and dreams must die before they are spoken.

Colin’s fear grows when, on a hunt for salvage along the shore, he spies something strange amidst the debris. In a tangle of seaweed lies a pale hand. It belongs to a beautifu
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 5th 1999 by HarperTrophy (first published 1998)
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Richard
Feb 12, 2017 Richard rated it really liked it
This novel reminded me a lot of John Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids without the science fiction element, or perhaps even Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Children face the consequences when they dare to transgress the limits set by a fundamentalist, insular, xenophobic and repressive society. Although Ariban is presumably an imaginary place, it's obviously inspired by the Hebrides; the setting was presented with breathtaking detail. The primacy of imagination as a way of p ...more
Foggygirl
Mar 25, 2011 Foggygirl rated it it was amazing
I found myself really liking this book despite thinking that the main character of Colin was a bit of a spineless twit. He manages to rally near the end and redeem himself somewhat so the book ended on a hopeful note.
Patricia
Jul 06, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Don't let the pencil crayon cover fool you: this book is no amateur. I found the storyless setting of Ariban felt authentic. Colin and his sister Etta were well-drawn characters who grew and changed. My one criticism of the book was that Jennifer felt more like a static foreign artifact than a fully realized character.
ArdnAskelA
Nov 01, 2011 ArdnAskelA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est un de mes livres préférés de mes années à l'école primaires.
J'ai bien aimé le coté "interdit" et comme on s'y attend la personne qui se rebelle ^^
Amber
Oct 14, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Monica Hughes that I read which is NOT scifi. It was surprisingly interesting, lovely, and heartfelt. Also short. I loved it.
YorkshireSue
Jan 21, 2008 YorkshireSue rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA lovers, storytellers one and all
Fascinating concept and beautifully told tale by one of my favourite YA authors.
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Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.

She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association B
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