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The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo
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Jan 16, 11

bookshelves: zl-crpl-playaway-avail, yy-narrator-john-keating, fantasy, childrens, zl-crpl-cd-reread, wales, 20th-century, zr1-audio-reread
Read from December 20, 2010 to January 12, 2011, read count: 1

Young Gwyn and his family live on a sheep farm in the mountains of Wales. Ever since Gwyn's older sister, Bethan, disappeared on the mountain four years ago, there has been little joy in the family. On Gwyn's ninth birthday, his 'Nain' (grandmother), tells him it is time for him to find out if he is a magician, as his ancestors were, and she gives him five gifts: a piece of seaweed, a yellow scarf, a tin whistle, a twisted metal brooch, and a broken horse. Gwyn is to give his gifts to the wind, one by one, and thus the adventure begins...
This story has important things to say about being a family, about friendship, and about healing of hearts, which speak to all ages, as well as being a fine fantasy adventure story, with surprise twists, for children ages 9-12. I 'read' it as an audio book, narrated by John Keating, and I especially enjoyed his rendering of the Welsh accents for the dialog of the characters. This book is the first in a trilogy, and I look forward to listening to the other two.
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