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Sorrow's Knot by [Erin Bow]

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Sorrow's Knot Kindle Edition

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Length: 357 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6–8—In this story about loss and letting go, Otter, like her mother, Willow, is a binder, a person who can banish the dead using the magical strength of knots. The more powerful the binder's magic, the stronger the knots' hold. Otter's skills, along with those of the rangers and storytellers, are necessary to protect her matriarchal society, the Shadowed People, from the dangers of the dead spirits that prey on the living. However, Willow warns her daughter before her death that there is something terribly wrong with the knots. There's some romance, but the theme of binding things too tightly and the problems that arise with not releasing loved ones dominates the story. Sorrow's Knot is a dystopian novel that does not deal with the destruction of the broader world. Rather, it delves into the mythology of a group of people and how their prejudices and resistance to change came to be. Readers of suspense will love the dark tension of the story line, an ebb and flow that carries through to the very end.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Booklist

In the small remote pinch (forest town) known as Westmost, Otter believes she will follow in her mother Willow’s footsteps as the village’s knot-making binder, the person responsible for creating wards against ghosts. But when Willow is infected by a White Hand—a ghost so powerful that it transforms its victims through madness and death into Hands themselves—Otter must find a way to unknot the misbegotten practices that created the Hands in the first place. This is an atmospheric, haunting tale of friendship, love, and loss, told in a unique voice evoking Native American lore and language, although the acknowledgments make it clear that the Shadow People are a mix of many indigenous cultures. Bow’s world building is rich and sometimes harsh, with details about ways of living, the natural world, and cultural norms. Although there are hints aplenty about how to unravel the deadly problem, Otter’s eventual understanding is well paced and allows readers to walk alongside her as she finds her way. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 1538 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 357 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Publication Date : October 29, 2013
  • Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0545166667
  • ASIN : B00CFT6N8M
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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