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Annie, St Helen and St Katharine

The Land of Neverendings

I really enjoyed this book. It is about a land where toys and their owners are happy; toys can go there whenever they want, and the humans can join their toys there once they’ve died. The events are believable and I like the way the author writes: she explains the characters well and you feel like you’re part of the book - you can really imagine being there with them.

The story is narrated in the 3rd person, but you see it from the point of view of Emily, whose sister has died and gone to the Land of Neverendings. Emily finds out about the land because the magic there is leaking out into the ‘real’ world and some of the toys end up in her bedroom. Emily and her friends have to fix the problem to stop the magic leaking, and the book follows their efforts to do this. Emily is also helped by her Mum’s friend, Ruth, whose son died, and who therefore understands how Emily feels about her sister. I liked their relationship and it was good to have a positive older character in the story, since Emily’s parents are too caught up in their grief to help so Emily never tells them what’s going on.

The author’s style is quite ordinary with a good balance of narrative and dialogue. The language isn’t too difficult and there’s no slang; there are a few made-up words but they seem to fit well with the style and setting. It feels like a real adventure; although it is in some ways about Emily’s dead sister, it doesn’t feel sad or miserable, because she is fighting against the gloom in the house and this makes it feel positive.

Posted on: 23rd April 2019 at 10:41 am

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