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by Lisa Cresswell

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Thirteen year old Lily knows she can make weird things happen, just by telling a story. It’s a gift she can’t always control, making her the queen of seventh grade outcasts. She can’t make a million dollars appear out of thin air or make it rain cupcakes, but it’s not for lack of trying. More than anything, she wants to see her mom,


Thirteen year old Lily knows she can make weird things happen, just by telling a story. It’s a gift she can’t always control, making her the queen of seventh grade outcasts. She can’t make a million dollars appear out of thin air or make it rain cupcakes, but it’s not for lack of trying. More than anything, she wants to see her mom, who’s left her in the care of her unconventional grandmother, Gwendolyn, and her only friend, Peter.

When Lily finds a strange fairytale book, she’s drawn into a fantasy world where her mother waits for her. When her grandmother admits to Lily they are fairies, hiding in this world from dark forces in another place, Lily is convinced the book she’s been reading is real. According to the book, those dark forces now threaten to destroy her mother. What Lily doesn’t know is they are already hunting her as well.
Despite the dire warnings of Gwendolyn and Peter, Lily embarks on a mission to find a way into the fantasy world to save her mom. The events she sets into motion with the telling of a story will change all of their lives forever.

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Lisa Cresswell
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Storyteller , #1
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13 Years

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Lisa T. Cresswell lives in the wilds of Idaho where few souls dare to tread, with her family and a collection of critters that includes way too many llamas. In her day job, she's an archaeologist; by night, she writes fanciful stories for children and young adults. Come visit the blog lisatcresswell.blogspot.com

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Storyteller 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Sue-Paper_Mustang More than 1 year ago
A fun middle-grade book. This is the story of a girl's attempt to find her mother and discover who she truly is. This is always a terrific theme for this age group, but Cresswell takes it one step further and put it into a wonderful world where, in an alternate universe connected to ours, live fairies, elves and all sorts of magical creatures, both wonderful and nasty. Characters are almost always more than they appear to be and relationships are intricate with a twist that makes the whole story interesting. Although the pacing is a little slow, I kept coming back to read more, wanting to know what happens to the heroine, Lily. The story of her mother, Eleanor, which Lily reads about in a books she finds, is even more compelling than Lily's own story. Cresswell has a few problems with point of view (giving odd points of view here and there for a paragraph at a time), it wasn't a big enough problem to jolt me out of the story completely. Less savvy readers may not even notice. This is definitely a book into which any kid, and many adults, would be happy to disappear. By guest reviewer Meredith Bond
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I_read_too_much More than 1 year ago
Exciting and magical. Storyteller is the first book of the Storyteller series. The hero is Lily Lightfoot, a middleschooler with a not-so-secret ability to tell stories that come true. Rather than getting her ahead and making her well-liked, the disasterous outcomes of some of her stories have made her somewhat of a social outcast, leaving her with only one friend, Peter. The story opens with Lily letting her rivalry with former friend, Heather, get the best of her and retaliating with one of her stories.  Now, this plot would be pretty good if this were a story about Lily trying to get a handle on her ability and perhaps earning the peer friendships that it has cost her, but this story is much more than that. When Lily finds a strange book in an abandoned house, she begins to suspect there's more to her history than her Gran is telling her. Soon, she, Peter and Heather find themselves caught up in a struggle for survival against a shapeshifting monster, an evil king, and his minions. This story blew me away. As a middle grade story, it's a success with plenty of social strife and a little innocent romance. But what really gets me is the world building, the fantasy and the adventure. Plus, there is an element of danger that soon builds into quite a gripping story, nothing at all what I expected in the early chapters. The writing is smooth and easy to read without being simplistic. The plot development is solid, and I really enjoy the unique way Lily learns about her mother.  The character development is also noteworthy. Each person, friend or foe, is unique and believable. The good guys aren't perfect and the bad guys are scary, but not invincible.  Overall I loved this story because it's exciting and reminds me of The Neverending Story. It's one I know I'll read again and again. I recommend this to young and old, anyone who loves fantasy and modern fairy tales. I was lucky enough to win all three books in this series in a contest.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In The True World, Lily Lightfoot has a magical gift to make things happen, simply by telling a story about it. For example, when she’s too late in class and comes up with a story about how a local shop got robbed and police cars pulled up to question her, the street fills with police cars. Unfortunately her gift doesn’t exactly make her popular with the other kids, in particular Heather, who likes to tease and bully her. Thankfully she has a best friend, Peter, who is always there for her, no matter what the cost. Lily doesn’t know her mother. She lives with her grandmother, Gwendolyn, who is quite unconventional and isn’t as surprised as she is annoyed by her grandchild’s strange gift. Lily has always wondered about her parents though, and when she finds a strange fairytale book, she gets drawn into a fantasy world where she finds out more about her mother than she ever hoped for. Dark forces threaten not only her mother, but Lily as well. I loved Lily. She was a little childish, but very innocent, good-natured and a generally nice person. She’s a daydreamer too, the kind of person who’s always elsewhere with their thoughts, and this gets her into trouble more than once, but also made her rather charming. Peter gets bonus points too for being a supportive friend, even if everyone else was making fun of Lily. The story was great, with a nice plot, awesome characters and a lot of humor and fun. The fantasy world we encounter in this novel is filled with faeries, elves, and all sorts of other magical creatures. There were plenty of plot twists, and the writing was decent too. An excellent read for middle graders and young adults.
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"Hi, TR author. I wanted to say that I like True Revenge so far, but the chapters seem a bit short. I know there's a character limit and everything, but I feel like you could drag it out a little more for suspense. But the plot seems good, the characters are relatable, and the story's great. FINISH IIIT. I COMMAND YOOOU."<p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p><><p>"...I was wondering, could I get your opinion on my story, A Life Painted With Blood? It's at 'jukka' all results, the prologue's at 'snow' result one, and the sequel's at 'flufflemuffins.'"
AvidReaderAndAuthor More than 1 year ago
This story was solid in its plot, and engaging. There were a few instances where point of view was muddled, and the author lost track of who was where (example: in a conversation with Eleanor, the author accidentally had Lily respond, instead of Eleanor).Description was very good, not overdone, and I was able to imagine the scenes. The characters were a little flat in some instances, and some &quot;aha&quot; moments which revealed important information seemed to go over the characters' heads and end up not important. Overall, a good read, and I look forward to the rest of the series.
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Loved the story, purchased 2nd book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this book talk about lions at all?
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