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Sew, It's a Quest: The Bookania Quests Paperback – August 6, 2011
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This book is intended for preteen girls, or as a read aloud for younger children. This paperback version has not yet been updated to the newest edition.
About the Author
Kendra E. Ardnek has been writing her own stories since she was a toddler. She fell in love with books, drama, and fairy tales at a very young age - and has been filling notebooks with her stories for years. Joining NaNoWriMo gave her an opportunity to be a published author at 16. She writes her own blog (knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com), homeschools, cooks, knits and crafts when she isn't writing stories and acting them out with her younger cousins and siblings.
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Then Kendra announced that she was editing and re-releasing <i>Sew</i>, and I decided, <i>"Well, I'll get the new version. Maybe I'll reread it and see how it goes."</i> Obviously, "maybe" turned into "yes," (partially due to the contest Kendra's currently running, partially because she's an excellent author and a good friend and I want to support her), and I'm quite glad I decided to give this another try.
The edit did not fix all the problems I originally noticed. Certain conversations and jokes still feel a touch awkward. Certain pieces of prose still seem a little rough. A certain character's dialogue still drives me just a touch crazy (though that one's personal preference, and I can appreciate the creativity behind the dialogue).
But overall, the edit has fixed <i>most</i> of the problems I originally had with this book. Kendra improved most of the dialogue and character development- so much so that I actually found that I <i>liked</i> Robin, though that might also be because I've gotten to know her better in later books. She smoothed out the roughness of prose and of style so that the reader can more easily enjoy all the things to love about this book: the (mostly punny) humor and the unusual characters and the creative twists of plot and of old stories. I think she must've added to the story as well and improved the pacing, though I don't remember the old story quite well enough to be sure. Overall, the new version is a great improvement over the old, and well worth reading.
Robin and Robert, royal twins, were given gifts by a fairy godmother, but somehow they got mixed up. Robin sword fights and Robert sews. And when they try to do the other...well, let's just say it's disastrous. The twins set out on a quest to fix their gifts before it becomes permanent. On the way they meet an interesting group of people like Doranna, who is a genius at math but always gets her words mixed up and Rosamond, who hates to sleep.
There is mystery surrounding many places and people, like Skewwood Forest and Great Aunt Madeleine that the twins never hear of and the mysterious Change that no one seems to want to explain.
Robin has some growing to do with her character. She is rather impulsive and heedless, and constantly gets herself into swordfights. I really liked Robert, and I liked Eric. I want to see more of him. Doranna amused me greatly, though it was a puzzle as to what she actually meant to say. :) It was fun trying to pick out what fairytale each element came from.
Sew, It's a Quest is great for all ages, and is a good beginning for the series. Definitely recommended.
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