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The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson
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Jan 16, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: candlewick
Read in January, 2012

Recommended Grades 3 - 6.

This book by Katherine and John Paterson grew on me as I moved through it. It is a beautifully presented retelling of Eden Phillpott's 1910 fantasy with glossy pages, large print and lush illustrations by John Rocco,he of the Rick Riordan/Percy Jackson covers and an art director at Dreamworks. It begins slowly, as early 20th century stories do, with much background setting on the history of an evil charm and the horrific way it ensnares those who wear it. Unlike modern fairy tales, people and animals are whacked off with great regularity and spirit, but good, as usual, prevails. As the terrible Flint Heart moves through time from around the neck of a warrior to a dad to a toad to a badger doing it's evil work, human children, fairies, spirits and a dilapidated, animated hot water bottle pull together to destroy it. In the end "with good heart and good appetite, everybody went home to breakfast."

Amy Gavalis
Lincoln Public Library
Lincoln MA

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