The Resource Seven sorcerers, [by] Caro King

Seven sorcerers, [by] Caro King

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Seven sorcerers
Title
Seven sorcerers
Statement of responsibility
[by] Caro King
Title variation
7 sorcerers
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When eleven-year-old Nin Redfern wakes up one rainy Wednesday morning to discover that her younger brother has ceased to exist, she must venture into a magical land called the Drift where she grapples with bogeymen, tombfolk, mudmen, and the spirits of sorcerers to try and rescue him
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  • Grades 5-8 Ninevah Redfern hates Wednesdays in general, but one particular Wednesday proves to be the worst yet: she wakes up to discover that her little brother has disappeared, she is the only person who remembers him, and she too is in danger. After escaping to the Drift, a fantastical otherworld where magic is dying of a plague, Nin and her mysterious new friend, Jonas, must stay one step ahead of Bogeymen, Tombfolk, and Gabriel Hounds as they head toward the villainous, utterly depraved Mr. Strood. British author King has written a complex, intelligent fantasy that is at turns funny and terrifying. Nin faces outrageous odds, but she is convincing as someone who can beat them. The ending—clearly a setup to continue the story—is disappointingly abrupt, and readers will hope that the sequel, already available in the UK, is not too long in arriving on our shores. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 05-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 18, p58)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Ninevah Redstone, 11, awakens one morning to the absence of her younger brother's typical noise. Toby has disappeared, and all traces of him have been erased from the world except for Nin's memory and her brother's favorite stuffed toy. He has, in fact, been taken to the Drift, a parallel world inhabited by the "Fabulous" (giants, fairies, tombfolk, and the like), where a plague has been killing off most things magical. Nin's quest for him drives the plot as she befriends an older boy who seems to straddle both realms, tries to avoid being nabbed by her brother's captor (a terrifying bogeyman named Skerridge), and delves into the secrets of the now-disappeared Seven Sorcerers whose powers still linger behind. Unfortunately, the pacing is poor, everything happens too woodenly, and the narrative focuses on telling rather than showing, and telling without finesse. Nin herself is uncommonly astute and brave in one paragraph and blubbering in the next. One-dimensional characters pop up out of nowhere. American youngsters may also struggle with the colloquial British English and the dialects used by some of the creatures. By the time the book's rather intriguing premise becomes apparent, most readers will have abandoned the effort.—Corinne Henning-Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME --Corinne Henning-Sachs (Reviewed September 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 9, p158)
  • With her debut novel, published in England in 2009, King demonstrates the whimsy, melancholy, and matter-of-fact coping with horror that characterizes classic British children's literature. Nineveh "Nin" Redstone is 11 years old and resolutely ordinary. Her four-year-old brother is nothing but a nuisance until the awful Wednesday when she wakes up and he's gone. Worse, no one but Nin remembers he exists. It's left to her to reclaim him from Skerridge (a bogeyman) and the Terrible House of Strood. A young vagabond, Jonas, fortuitously offers his assistance in navigating the Drift, a parallel world where the Fabulous ("Faeries and worse. Giants, dragons, elves, the lot") live. But the magic that sustains the Fabulous is dying, and most of what is left is as terrible as the bogeyman—"the essence of dread and desire made real." There are also unpredictable traces of the seven vanished sorcerers, whose lingering magic changes the course of Nin's adventure. The telling is energetic and absorbing; only the abrupt ending detracts slightly. King has already published a sequel in the U.K., and readers stateside ought to be eager for it. Ages 8–12. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 28, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 13, p)
  • Jam-packed with magic, danger, monsters and mysterious events, this import never quite lives up to its potential. The problem isn't a lack of imagination. King has clearly spent a lot of time and thought on worldbuilding, and there are plenty of intriguing details to pore over. There's also a quest of sorts, which plunks Ninevah Redfern, King's heroine, into a parallel world known as the Drift. Intent on rescuing her recently abducted younger brother, Nin is aided by the typical stalwart companions—in this case Jonas, a young man who's been navigating both worlds on his own for a while, and Jik, a creature Nin makes from the powerful mud of the Drift. Then there's what feels almost like a parallel plot, the story of the eponymous seven sorcerers, whose efforts to defer death inadvertently created the villain, a cruel man who's been gruesomely mistreated and feeds on misery and destruction. It's a lot to absorb, and the fact that some characters speak in difficult dialect doesn't help. Add the facts that several characters change their allegiance for no apparent reason and that Nin's primary strength is that she's lucky, and it seems likely that most readers will be more frustrated than fascinated. Those who do enjoy this, however, will be pleased to know that a sequel has already been published in the U.K. (Fantasy. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10001168
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, Caro
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.K5743
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Missing children
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Seven sorcerers, [by] Caro King
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Copyright
Note
  • Includes a chapter from "Shadow Spell" by Caro King
  • "Seven Sorcerers. Two siblings. One world on the edge of destruction..."-P. [4] of cover
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First US edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781442420427
Lccn
2011001432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Seven sorcerers, [by] Caro King
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes a chapter from "Shadow Spell" by Caro King
  • "Seven Sorcerers. Two siblings. One world on the edge of destruction..."-P. [4] of cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First US edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781442420427
Lccn
2011001432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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