THE PUPPETEER’S APPRENTICE by D. Anne Love
Kirkus Star

THE PUPPETEER’S APPRENTICE

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Love (A Year Without Rain, 2000, etc.), as love often does, offers magic, high spirits, and adventure. When her story opens, Mouse is a scullery maid who is like the puppets she comes to know: “waiting in the dark of their trunk for something wondrous to happen.” Though advised to find a safe life “with a family of flesh and blood instead of wood and wool,” Mouse knows that she and the puppet master she befriends are meant to travel together, and she learns that the magic of the puppets is only transcended by the happiness they bring to others. Learning the art of puppetry but losing the puppeteer, Mouse must pursue her calling and find her true name alone. Later, she marvels that “a girl born with nothing at all, not even a name, could by sharp wits and hard work make a place in the world.” Colorful, lively, rhythmic language and a strong sense of medieval England make this a great read-aloud, a tale full of magic, deadly swordfights with thieves, and one young girl’s finding the courage to pursue her dream. The pace never falters, the characterizations are strong, and readers young and old will feel a bit more emboldened to meet the road as it rises up to meet them. A must-read in the grand storytelling tradition of Lloyd Alexander and Karen Cushman. (author’s note, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84424-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2003




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