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The Story Box

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Published to critical acclaim and equally enthusiastic reader response, "The Story Box" transports the reader to a place where stories are forbidden, where dreams die before they are spoken, and life is dedicated to the practical and mundane. A tale that moves far beyond its fantasy-adventure roots, "The Story Box" introduces readers to the ideas of freedom of expression, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1998)
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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.
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.
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.
Jan 21, 2008 YorkshireSue rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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Invitation to the Game The Keeper of the Isis Light (Isis, #1) Devil on My Back (Arc One, #1) The Guardian of Isis (Isis, #2) The Isis Pedlar (Isis, #3)

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