Lindsay Franklin debuts a new young adult fantasy series where storytelling is a gift, one that a wicked king wants to control.
In The Story Peddler, an orphaned peasant girl Tanwen tells stories and weaves crystalized sculptures that she sells to her audience under the tutelage of a cruel mentor. Her dream is to become a Royal Storyteller someday. Tanwen travels around the countryside, selling “crowned” stories (official versions of the stories the way the king wants them told).
Franklin does an excellent job of creating a world where spoken words have magic as they take on new meaning. The cover shows colorful threads that the storyteller weaves together in telling the story. Her word pictures capture the imagination of the reader and the action builds with each turning page.
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