Storybound
  • Storybound
  • Storybound

Storybound

4.1 298
by Marissa Burt
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn to be the perfect character: a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They dream of the day when they will live out Tales written just for them.

But when an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild finds herself Written In to Story, she discovers that the magical land is threatened by a dark

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn to be the perfect character: a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They dream of the day when they will live out Tales written just for them.

But when an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild finds herself Written In to Story, she discovers that the magical land is threatened by a dark secret. As she digs deep into Story's shadowy past, Una realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined—and it may be up to her to save it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Burt debuts with an appealing fantasy built on the book-visiting daydreams of diehard readers. The life of chronically overlooked fosterling Una Fairchild, age 12, changes when she discovers a book with her name on the cover and begins to read. She wakes up in the world of Story inside the book, where she meets Peter, a Hero-in-training at a school where everyone is learning to be characters in the timeless Tales. But all is not well in Story—the Muses who once wrote the Tales are defeated and dead, and the tyrannical Talekeepers now control all books and information. Una and Peter’s determination to find out what’s in the hidden books lands them in the middle of a brewing revolution in which characters tired of rehashing the stereotypical Tales seek their Backstory and their freedom. Burt’s concept isn’t unique, but her strong writing and interesting characters make Una’s journey enjoyable. The fantasy elements and meta-references are engaging, and the overall result will have readers on the lookout for the planned sequel. Ages 8–12. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Greta Holt
A strange boy will not allow the orphan Una Fairchild to take her usual seat in the basement of the school's library, where she escapes to read at lunch. She finds another desk and a book titled, "The Tale of Una Fairchild." Suddenly, Una is transported to the Land of Story, where she meets Lord Peter, Lady Snow, and other students who are training to become characters in books. Una discovers that she has been written into the story and that she is in danger. To protect her identity, Peter tells the evil talekeeper, Elton, that Una is his cousin from another school. Una attends school with Peter, where she takes classes such as Heroics and Villainy along with talking cats and every manner of fantasy character. The Muses, the Enemy, the Enemy's minions, and the Resistance add color and invention. Burt's imagination leads readers into a complicated plot, in which Una and Peter try to discover the mysteries, and uncover the lies, of Story. A revelation about Una's parentage comes at the end, but so does the surprise that this book is "to be continued...." Readers may be more satisfied knowing that Storybound will continue before they have read the 400 plus pages. The pacing is a bit uneven: some sections are devoted to providing copious amounts of information to further complicate the plot and its abundance of characters, while other sections are action-packed, and even violent, including torture. Point-of-view shift and augment characters' motivations and needs, although the sheer quantity of characters dictates the amount of time that can be spent developing each role. Middle grade readers will empathize with the spunky Una, the heroic Peter, and the mysterious Indy. Reviewer: Greta Holt
Kirkus Reviews
A 12-year-old girl finds herself to be an illegitimate visitor to the land of Story in this debut middle-grade fantasy. While in the basement of her school library, foster child Una Fairchild stumbles into a tale all about herself and a world where people practice to be characters in books--hero, villain or sidekick. When Una discovers that she has only been "Written In" to their universe for some mysterious reason, making her very existence precarious, a tumult of clandestine and protective activity ensues. Along the way she befriends a compassionate boy named Peter and an erratic girl named Snow. Meanwhile, Talekeepers spy, Muses are stifled and the Enemy lurks. Books and their supporters are in danger at every turn. In this allegory told by an omniscient narrator, the proceedings are often heavy-handed, and the limited character development can make it challenging to care about the fates of all involved. Yet readers who love fantasy may see an opportunity to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and unravel the plot, which twists and turns in on itself, with happy surprises. While the novel doesn't reach the heights to which it clearly aspires--Harry Potter, Inkheart, A Wrinkle in Time--its high concept could have cinematic potential, with deeper character development and less contrivance. (Fantasy. 8-12)
Booklist
“A richly imagined world. Readers will enjoy the mind-bending fun of puzzling together small details.”
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Having grown up in foster homes and feeling as though she never quite belonged, Una Fairchild is not too distraught when she is transported to the land of Story (by a book, of course), a place populated by characters from fairy tales, folklore, and fiction. With the help of Peter, who is studying to be a Hero, and Sam, a talking cat, Una discovers that she has been "Written In." Until she figures out who wrote her in, and why, she is in danger-and so are all of the Tales of Story. With its unique twist (her roommate, for example, is a snooty Snow White), Una's adventures should charm those who enjoy fairy-tale reboots, and the cliff-hanger ending could ensure demand for a sequel.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Peachtree Montessori International, Ann Arbor, MI

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062020529
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
889,948
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >