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The Crickhowell School for the Muses [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Waxman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Awen is kidnapped from her rural village and confined at Crickhowell, where Miss Nina runs a thriving business in the muse trade, her misery eventually fades into relief. She finds a kind music teacher, discovers a new friend, and her only requirement as a student is to study the art of singing-her favorite thing in the world. However, Awen soon realizes that Miss Nina's goal is not simply to train voices. She is trying to take them away. Determined to escape this fate, Awen becomes swept up into the intrigues of a scheming subordinate teacher, a salacious workman, a quirky artist-patron, and a handsome blond horseman. When both her own voice and the music around her mysteriously fade into silence, Awen's only hope is to turn against the very artist she was commanded to inspire.


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About the Author

Rachel Waxman is a writer, oboist, and entrepreneur who makes and sells handmade chocolate truffles. While at Northwestern University she studied music and spent her Sundays writing. She has a contradictory affinity for old books, castles, and new technology and is nostalgic for the eighteenth century. She lives and writes in Leawood, Kansas.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC074C8
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Rachel Waxman ably taps multiple literary schools and genres (neo-gothic, coming-of-age, magical realism, romance, feminism, fairy tale) in evoking the story of a gifted young singer and her quest for selfhood. An extended, multilevel allegory that defies pat analysis, "Crickhowell" will keep the critics both guessing and debating, but I for one see: a 14-year-old girl, traumatized into muteness, whose speech returns at the book's midpoint only after she dares defend herself .... A kitchen door with no inner knob -- no escape for the indentured cook who longs to claim, as she says, "something of my own" .... A young vocalist who pines to sing, just once, for herself -- yet also wonders, "What is the point of unshared art?" It's fitting that less than a third of the novel takes place within the titular School, for ultimately this is an exploration less of Waxman's ingenious conceit -- an institutional training-ground for artists' muses -- than of the real world in which, daily, the young-and-creative struggle and live. "Some day," the dreamy horseman Francis advises our young heroine, "you will learn that you don't have to wait for anybody to give you anything." And some day -- soon -- some girl will read those words in this book and find within herself the power to flee her own particular Crickhowell, wherever and whatever it might be.
- Paul McComas, author of "Unforgettable," "Planet of the Dates," and "Unplugged"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful fable May 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
The Crickhowell School For The Muses
Rachel Waxman
Fithian Press/Daniel & Daniel Publishers, May 5 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9781564745415

The men with wagons arrive at the small village, but are disappointed by the lack of talent until they hear singing. They abduct the source fourteen year old Awen and take her to Miss Nina who, in spite of too many singers, likes the teen's voice. She accepts the frightened child as a student at her Crickhowell School For The Muses; training her under the patronage of Sir Robert Thomas.

Awen is mute as she is escorted around the school. Encouraged by her music teacher Mr. Whitewood, she sings leaving him elated with her golden range. However, she returns to her silent state after leaving the music room. When Awen learns the true nature of the Crickhowell School For The Muses, she knows she must escape before she loses her most beloved possession. Francis the Horseman plans to help her get away.

The Crickhowell School For The Muses is a wonderful fable starring a delightful frightened yet brave female who refuses to be someone's muse instead of being herself. Character driven by the heroine, Rachel Waxman encourages young readers to take smart chances on life in order to soar; as one may fail but cannot make magical music if you don't sing the song.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome! May 10, 2013
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The book draws you in from the very first page. Just loved it. Hope she continues to write. Ms Waxman is truly a gifted writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the senses June 16, 2013
By Katie
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This is a lovely, tactile novel. From the very first page, author Rachel Waxman invokes smells, touches, tastes, sights, and most importantly sounds to create a book that jumps up physically. The novel also explores the interesting theme of inspiration. Awen is kidnapped and inducted into the Crickhowell School for the Muses, launching an interesting exploration of where artists get their inspirations from, what happens to art when you treat it one way or another, and what role the muse really plays in the creation of art. A thoughtful, well-written novel; I can't wait to see what else this author produces!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good diversion read June 25, 2014
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A fun read..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise April 6, 2014
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It was a fun book to read. Good for reading in bed, which is where I do most of my reading. Enjoyed it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different March 10, 2014
By Theresa
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Years ago children are kidnapped and trained to be muses for artists, this tale is based on a young girl who goes to the Crickhowell school, her training and the things she must endure to survive. It is interesting and it keeps your attention. It leaves you thinking, It does keep your attention as she goes through her adventures. You cheer her on as she goes and you cry with her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and unique March 9, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and was a very different premise. I thought it creative and kept engaged throughout. I would definitely read this author again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh for the Muse
Unsatisfactory ending and the writing was juvenile, even for a YA novel. I will not read another book by this author.
Published 13 months ago by Patricia L. King
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed
Found the story had spots of nice writing, but for the most part, I didn't like the way the plot was handled. It stopped and started and just didn't make sense. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SW VA Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Enjoyed this book very much good female heroine will be looking for more by this author very entertaining with a moral
Published 13 months ago by Allie
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This book is about children who are kidnapped and mistreated, preparing them to be sent to a "patron" who wants someone with their specific talents: singing dancing, etc. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
I really liked this book in a quiet sort of way. It isn't full of suspense or action, but enough to keep me reading. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SueFair
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange school
I thought this book a little too wierd for my taste. I thought it was going to be really good when the little girl was taken to the school but then it got strange. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crafty Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Part one -Crickhowell's Muse School
Interesting book. I hope the next book fills in some information gaps and background of the main character - who she is, where she comes from, etc.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrelentingly Dull
I download this book based on the great reviews, began reading it, and very quickly began wondering "Wait, am I reading the same book? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sabrina Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
Well worth the read--and I hope there's more to come. The concept is interesting and the characters are generally complex. Is there a sequel? I'll buy it.
Published 14 months ago by DsrtRosy
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Rachel Waxman is a writer, oboist, and entrepreneur. While at Northwestern University she studied music and spent her Sundays writing. She has a contradictory affinity for old books, castles, and new technology and is nostalgic for the eighteenth century. A Kansas City native, she now lives and writes in New York City.

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