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Saving Fable (Talespinners) Hardcover – September 17, 2019
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“Fast-paced chapters of mystery, suspense, twists, and turns, will keep pages turning long into the night, and the satisfying ending—or rather, beginning—to Indira’s story will leave readers eager for a return trip to Fable.” —Booklist
”Will draw in reluctant and fervent readers alike....Thankfully, this is the first in a series." —School Library Journal
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I really did get HP world building vibes from this and can’t remember adoring a book for my class as much as this one. I can’t wait to book talk it tomorrow!
Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published September 17th.
Indira desperately wants to be a character. Her older brother wasn't chosen and she's hoping she can include him in her book. She gets to Fable but her advisor tells her she's been failing all the classes. She knows she's done the work but her homework pages are blank. She figures the paper her advisor gave must have a spell on it. Then she finds out more about her, none of it good. The other advisors want proof. Getting proof is dangerous but she heads out to find it. What she finds is a horrible plot to take her place in a book. You see, her advisor was an unfinished character and she'd lied about her name to get the job. The advisor doesn't care if she destroys two worlds to get what she wants.
Can Indira stop her? Who will help her? Can she stop the spell and save her classmates that "disappeared"? That's a lot of "if's". But Indiri has been doing well in her classes and she'll just have to wing it like she usually does.
This was a fun read with main characters, side characters, and those that would do cameo spots. Indira is just a side character so how can she be a hero? With magic, and special tools there's a lot of mischief that can be done. It's good that Indira is trying to stop that.
What a great read for middle schoolers who like fantasy tales!
Indira has been a character-in-waiting her entire life. So she can't believe her luck when she's finally chosen to travel to Fable and study at the renowned Protagonist Preparatory, a school known for producing the best heroes.
But Indira's dreams of achieving hero status don't exactly go as planned. A failed audition lands her in the school's side-character track, and her best efforts to prove advisors--famous characters like Alice from Wonderland and Professor Darcy--wrong are constantly sabotaged. Indira is starting to feel like an evil antagonist might be to blame.
As the danger spreads, Indira discovers all of Fable is under siege. With her friends Maxi and Phoenix by her side, she pieces together clues that will reveal who is behind the dark magic threatening them all. But the more Indira uncovers, the more doubt she feels about her place in this world of stories. Fantasy, mystery, intrigue, spells, literary references, and a kind, feisty, lovable Protagonist who is only supposed to be a Side Character.
What a delightful, clever, and entertaining novel! Indira Story has spent her life hoping to be chosen to train as a protagonist at the famed Protagonist Preparatory in Fable. She thinks if she is the main character in a story, she can include her brother who was passed by and now lives in a town where he is a miner for golden nuggets buried within stories. Finally chosen, she fails her audition again an antagonist and is demoted to the side character track. But she is determined to prove her worth and become the hero of her story. Along the way she meets Brainstorms, Marks (bookmarks), Dog-ears, the Grammar Police, Editors and finally an Author; gains an lovely foster mother and little brother; and makes friends, enemies, and even a crush.
This novel would lend itself to a fantastic Grade 4-8 read-aloud that will let teachers review and discuss literary elements and genres and cause their students’ imaginations to soar.