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Gr 5-8-In this companion to Goblin Secrets (S & S, 2012), Kaile works hard in her parents' bakery/alehouse in a river city. On Inspection Day at the bakery, she allows a goblin and his troupe to perform in the public room and is given a bone flute. When she plays the instrument, she is separated from her shadow. No shadow, no life, according to her culture, and, despite her protests, there is a funeral for her the next day. Ostracized by family and community, Kaile leaves home, with Shade at her side. The city of Zombay is an odd place filled with Rock Movers, who lose appendages doing their work and replace them with makeshift metal parts, goblins that supposedly steal children and turn them into ghouls, and a host of other strange characters. There is a dark edge to this tale, and death seems very close. The story of redemption is what gives this book its appeal, with the strange characters and places more of a distraction than an asset. Some of the situations are, well, ghoulish; Kaile visits a Reliquary, a repository for bones, many of them human, and discovers that her flute is made of a young girl's femur. At times comic, at times creepy, this unusual tale winds its music around readers' hearts.-Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kaile, the protagonist of this light fantasy adventure, has to leave her bakery-shop home when her family—and the rest of the community—decides that she, after being cursed by goblins, is dead. The dead, in this medieval-meets-steampunk culture, are apparent because their shadows are no longer visible, but Kaile’s shy, wise shadow continues to travel with her as the little girl sets off to find a community, taking nothing of home with her but her bone flute and a longing to be seen as a living being. Alexander spins out Kaile’s adventures—and the cast of ghouls, humans, and other creatures she and her shadow meet—with quick, sure strokes, making this a vivid and fast-paced read. Kaile is strong, brave, and realistically imperfect both in her reasoning and her musicianship, and she’ll easily resonate with many readers. Give this to fans of Diana Wynne Jones’ books, as well as those sampling fantasy for the first time. Grades 3-6. --Francisca GoldsmithSee all Editorial Reviews
My 7 year old daughter and I loved it. We still get stuck on, "One for the bun now overdone..."Published 7 months ago by Storm
This is a beautifully written book with an intriguing and compelling story . The writer did a excellent job of setting the story by his expressive use of describing each scene in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robocat
Not sure if you call this a sequel, it's more like it happens in tandem with Goblin Secrets. Both are very well written and full of details which being this other world to life... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christine Kimball
Ghoulish song is a fascinating story. It is definitely
better then the Goblins Secrets. The best book I ever read
I loved this book as an adult. I am recommending this author to all parents out there. He is a very gifted person. This is the second book I read from Mr. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Marielle
I read it to my 9-year-old at bedtime. It's easy to read, but has an intriguing style that makes you feel like you're really in a world shaped by music.Published on May 17, 2013 by James Cook
I absolutely loved Book 1 in this series. I know, I can be a little kid sometimes. Book 2 was nearly as good and I quite enjoyed myself. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by S
We all loved the first book and now the second book tops it!! An exciting new writer. Looking forward to #3.Published on April 25, 2013 by Margaret Savage
This is a nice selection of Alexander's world. Captivating story with a nice statement about responsibility and a touch of Peter Pan.Published on April 17, 2013 by Luke N. Havumaki