"Will enchant your imagination." -Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-Winning author
When Alice was little, she found a gigantic spider web deep in the forest. Her dad called it the Story Web and told her how its strands were woven from the stories that hold our world together.
Years later, Alice's dad has gone away for reasons Alice is sure are her fault. Now she won't even talk about her dad and definitely no longer believes his farfetched stories. But when animals in town start acting strangely, she can't ignore them. The Story Web is in danger--and the fabric of our world is breaking. The only way to mend it is to tell honest tales from the heart, even if they are difficult to share.
In this magical tale of truth and honesty perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate, Megan Frazer Blakemore deftly weaves fantasy into the real world.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of The Daybreak Bond, The Firefly Code, The Friendship Riddle, The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, and The Water Castle, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and a New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing. She is also the author of the young adult novels Good and Gone and Very in Pieces, as well as the upcoming Frankie Sparks: 3rd Grade Inventor chapter book series. A school librarian, Megan lives in Maine with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful middle grade novel that I really enjoyed as an adult. Alice has magical powers she is unaware of, she can see the story web. The story is that a magical spider, who was human at one time, adds a strand to the Story Web when a story is told truthfully. If a story is untold, told in a hurtful way or for a hurtful reason, or told falsely, the web will begin to disintegrate. When the web totally disintegrates, the world will freeze. The wild animals in the woods/forest are the protectors of the web. Alice is the key to saving the web, so the animals come to town looking for her. She needs help to save the web, help in the form of Lewis and Melanie. Alice has to tell her story, the story of how and why her father went away. Will this group of kids be able to save the web? Will Alice's father return to his family? The story is told from three POVs. Alice, Lewis and Melanie. When Alice was five, she found a huge spider web in the woods, which her dad called a Story Web. He explained that each strand was a tale. When Alice's father leaves when she is 10, she no longer believes his stories and she goes through life being invisible. Lewis is a hockey player who used to be friends with Alice. Alice used to be the star goalie on her hometown hockey team, but she quit playing hockey and was no longer friends with Lewis. Melanie is the new kid in town and lives with her aunt. She likes to go up in the attic to think her big thoughts. She notices all animals come out of the woods and head in the same direction and wants to find out why. There are actually more POVs, as there are several from various animals throughout the story. This is a story about magic, stories, friendship, love, mental illness, PTSD and gossip. There are several wonderful messages in this book; working together, standing up for what is right, communication and listening to others and most important the impact of telling hurtful stories and untruths. Overall this is a wonderful story told in an enchanting way. With books and stories, hockey and friends all playing a big part, this is a book that has something for everyone. I definitely recommend this one to all public and school libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
This is a wonderful book, and as Goodreads says, truly would live comfortably next to the works of Katherine Applegate--one of my favorite middle-grade authors. It has that same melancholy truth of childhood pain with a brilliant, uplifting ending. The Story Web is told in alternating viewpoints between Alice, Lewis, Melanie, and the animals. The multiple POVs allow entry into the story for a variety of children--athletes and bookworms, popular kids and misfits, boys and girls. The alternating chapter headers clearly delineate when the story is told from a human perspective or from the eyes of the forest animals. It's a story of friendship, love, mental illness, PTSD and gossip, but told in an enchanting way. With a strong message of lifting each other up and listening to everyone's voice, this is a story with a deep message as well as being a highly entertaining read. It's richly woven with the complications of adult life that seep into childhood--conversations about mega-marts and industry, about the environment and the emotional health of the town, about mental illness and PTSD, and what makes a hero. It dissects the hero's journey while being a hero's journey--an irony I appreciated. It fosters a love of animals, of teamwork, and of story. (Also, hockey. My son will love the hockey bits as much as the animals.) I am including this book in a donation to replace books lost in the recent Ohio tornados. Thank you, Net Galley, for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was definitely an enjoyable and magical story that I believe many will like. Usually I love books with magic and mystery but for some reason this story just didn’t grab me like I had hoped. It was hard for me to get into in the beginning and I got a little confused with where the story was heading, But overall, I still think it was a entertaining story, just not for me.