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Toren the Teller's Tale Paperback – February 7, 2012
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About the Author
Shevi Arnold loves writing, illustrating, and making people laugh—and she’s been doing all three since 1987 when she started working as an editorial cartoonist for a newsweekly. She’s also worked as a comics magazine editor, an arts-and-entertainment writer specializing in comedy and children’s entertainment, and as a consumer columnist. Nowadays, though, she enjoys writing (and sometimes illustrating) humorous fiction, fantasy and science fiction, mostly for children and young adults. Although she’s completed six novels since, she considered her first, Toren the Teller’s Tale, her magnum opus. You can email the author at email@example.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter (@SheviStories), follow her blog http://shevi.blogspot.com, or learn more at shevistories.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Toren has been through a LOT. With a brother in charge who cares little for the family, she is forced to grow up fast. Toren's strength is evident from the beginning; her little bits of struggling and defiance are really HUGE leaps of inappropriate behavior where she comes from. She is obviously a very special person, and I am enthralled repeatedly by Toren's stories. I even find myself believing that she makes them up on the spot just for me. I catch myself wondering, "How does she do that in MINUTES? I would not be able to rhyme that quickly."
Her fantastic storytelling abilities aside, Toren has vast amounts of other talent. She is apprenticed to a wizard, despite the fact that this is illegal, and her training is very thorough. I definitely feel a stubborn streak in Toren, and this makes me like her that much more. Noa also exhibits stubbornness but, for whatever reason, in her I find it rude and insensitive. I connect strongly with Toren, so whenever anyone tries to harm or cajole, her I don't like them very much.
Overall, Toren The Teller's Tale is a FABULOUS book that I Highly Recommend to any Fantasy lover. This book has magic, love, fighting, dragons, and lots of mysteries! It is well written from a unique angle ... the main character is actually TELLING a story. Toren The Teller's Tale also has illustrations at the beginning of each chapter-- a pattern I really enjoy. I accidentally started reading the forward instead of chapter one, so "the story" initially was really confusing... especially when I began reading who it wanted to thank... but, I figured it out! Then, once started, I could NOT put it down.
This cover is unusual. It has a more cartoon-like face instead of a realistic one. I think the picture is VERY unique, and I really like how the girl (Toren) is surrounded by little images. I believe these are some of the same illustrations that are shown before each chapter. This is a very unique cover for a very unique story!
I give Toren The Teller's Tale 4.5 out of 5 stars: Very Highly Recommended!
My criticism is that I feel like the story is really more of an epic that could have stretched a series of a few books (5 or so) and could have gone deeper into each time period and place visited.
One of the chosen titles was Toren by Shevi Arnold. Wow My choice was a big hit. The kids have finished in record time and loved my choice. Whew what a relief.
Thanks to the author for making me a hit on the Holidays.
If you like Young Adult books about magic, witches and wizards that takes place in a different land, you will like this one! Plus it has dragons!
The main character, Toren is a strong person who lives through a variety of experiences. This is the type of girl that my daughter needs to read about.
This author has a real ability to keep the reader interested.
Completely worth every penny.