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The Bronze Pen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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Jul 21, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: 4-6grade, realisticfiction
Read in July, 2008

This happens to me with almost every book by Snyder: I became increasingly resentful and even angry at the posturing of the story being a magical or fantasy tale, where the author really just wanted to use the magical element to deal with real life crisis such as a sick father (like this one) to write something "wisely and to good purpose." (p. 200 -- the last paragraph of the story.) Grrr... The pacing is sluggish and the glints of magical happenings are so far apart and so few and there is so much repetition of how Audrey feels and what kind of bind she's in (we kind of got it by page 20 -- so get on with the STORY!). And what's up with the old lady in the cave... she just disappeared, huh? No final farewells or parting words? Oh, wait, I guess she must be the author in disguise -- and not all that subtly so. I know I felt like this, kind of cheated and disappointed with Witches of Worms, too.
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message 1: by Anamaria (new)

Anamaria Oh no! I just checked this out of the library today; I have such fond memories of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid and especially The Changeling that I can't resist a new Snyder, although I was terribly disappointed by Treasure(s?) of Weatherby (I never read Witches of Worm).

message 2: by Astraea (new)

Astraea I just want to say that you are not alone.

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