Farwalker's Quest

Farwalker's Quest

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by Joni Sensel
     
 

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Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means. Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven't been used for years, and no one knows how they work. So

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Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means. Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven't been used for years, and no one knows how they work. So when two strangers show up looking for the dart, Ariel and Zeke realize that their discovery is not only interesting, but very dangerous. The telling dart, and the strangers, leads them to a journey more perilous and encompassing than either can imagine, and in the process both Zeke and Ariel find their true calling.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Shortly before the all-important Namingfest that will determine their future trades, Ariel and her friend Zeke find an ancient artifact that changes the course of their lives. Though Ariel recognizes a few of the symbols on the telling dart, the message itself is a mystery as all history was forbidden following the devastation of the Blind War. The discovery of the dart becomes more than simply an interesting find when two strangers come to the village seeking both the dart and its recipient. Ariel is taken by force and, unknown to her, her mother murdered. After escaping with help from Zeke, the two friends continue on a dangerous quest to discover who or what sent the telling dart, what it means, and why they want Ariel dead. This is a solid and well-paced fantasy in which the journey is more important than the conclusion. Ariel's growth into her role as Farwalker is at the heart of the novel, and her relationship with Scarl, her kidnapper-turned-protector, is particularly well developed. The theme of finding and accepting one's true calling resonates. Readers who enjoyed Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random, 2003) will enjoy entering the world of Finders, Tree-Singers, and Farwalkers.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

Kirkus Reviews
As this absorbing fantasy adventure opens, several generations have passed since a disaster struck earth and changed life forever. Rustic communities are somewhat isolated from one another, and surnames, decided at the annual Namingfest, reflect an individual's trade, such as Reaper, Fisher, Tree-Singer or Healtouch. Three days before her Namingfest, 12-year-old Ariel and her friend Zeke, a tree-singer-in-training, discover a "telling dart," once used as a form of communication. Their discovery sparks fear and suspicion amongst villagers. Determined to uncover who sent the dart and to unlock its embedded message, Ariel and Zeke set off on a perilous journey fraught with sorrow, danger and unscrupulous villains, yet they also experience great joy. The story offers crisp dialogue, an exciting plot and strong secondary characters that support Ariel as she successfully transforms from a spoiled girl to a brave and compassionate young woman. An epilogue tells readers that Ariel accepts the surname of Farwalker and continues to spread long-forgotten knowledge from village to village in this hopeful contribution to post-apocalyptic literature. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902722
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Joni Sensel is the author of Reality Leak and The Humming of Numbers and The Timekeeper's Moon. She also works as a communications consultant. When not writing for children, she climbs trees and chats with boulders at the foot of Mount Rainier.

www.jonisensel.com

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The Farwalker's Quest 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Ariel and her best friend, Zeke, find a magical artifact, their lives are changed forever. Soon they are on a dangerous journey to discover where the artifact originated. In the process, they discover their true callings and forge an unlikely friendship. Filled with adventure, surprises, and great characters, THE FARWALKER'S QUEST guides the reader one exciting step at a time into a fantastic trip through Ariel's world. This book has common fantasy elements of a magical artifact and a heroic quest, but Sensel writes in such a refreshing, original way that this book is far from cliché. I loved THE FARWALKER'S QUEST! From the very first line, I found myself striding into Ariel's story and loving every step. I couldn't stop walking (and sometimes running) until I reached the last page, and even then I wanted to go on. This is a book I will enjoy stepping into again. I am especially intrigued with the concept of the Blind War and would love Sensel to guide us back to this time in a new adventure.
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this is awsome
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AWEsOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at school and loved it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best book i've read and i've read a lot of fiction books so yup i just wish they had the second book on nook ...they hav the 3 rd but do they hav the second?.....no! ugh....anyways this book is defenitly a great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If only there was a larger series