Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fiction - Ten years and up

Elena - source unknown
NZ Writer

Elena de Roo The Name at the End of the Ladder Walker Books 2014  $16.99pb 268pp

ISBN 978 1 9222 4447 5

Themes: Board games/ Dystopian stories/ Family life


September is just about to turn 12 and like all children of her age she is obliged to go for an appointment at the Name Bank to choose the name by which she will be known for the rest of her life.  Feisty and independent, she is determined not to choose a flowery name like so many of her contemporaries but to her dismay when she arrives at the Bank she finds she has little choice after all. Then she discovers an ancient board game which may just be a way out – but with it comes real danger and a scary new world opens up. Told with just the right amount of excitement and frissons of fear, this is a book readers looking for a real adventure story with overtones of fantasy will appreciate. They will also be looking anxiously for the next book by this writer and poet who has already written several stories for a younger age (see this Blog in the next week) and a wonderfully onomatopoeic picture book, The Rain Train illustrated by Brian Lovelock.


Year 6 up/ Age 10 up

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