Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

Author: Jenny Nimmo
ISBN # 1405211385

Publisher: Egmont

First Published: 1986

122 pages

Rating: 9/10

The Blurb:
On his ninth birthday, Gwyn is given a brooch and told to cast it into the wind. Later he discovers the wind has sent something back: The snow spider. So begins Gwyn's journey as a magician. Against the shimmering backdrop of a magical domed city, Gwyn has to battle evil and heal a fractured family. A spine-tingling trilogy of stories, full of magic and power.

The Review:
Sometimes, when you revisit a book you read and loved as a child, you find it a disappointment; you become completely disenchanted when it doesn’t live up to your memories. Twenty years ago, I read the first book in The Snow Spider trilogy and was completely captivated by everything on the pages.

Nothing has changed.

This was every bit as wonderful as I remembered it being – the story of a young boy who discovers what it means to be a little different, a little removed, and has to suffer the consequences when he does things wrong, is still as thrilling and magical as it was when I read it as a ten-year-old. It barely dates at all – in fact, apart from a brief mention of records being played rather than CDs is the only thing that betrays the fact this wasn’t written yesterday.

The Snow Spider is one of those rare books that will surely stand as a modern children’s classic and still be loved by children in generations to come. If you haven’t read it yourself, find yourself a small child to read to and immerse yourself, or hide in a corner and read to yourself. Whatever you do, just read it – you won’t regret it or forget it!


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