Kai Strand sent me a copy of her newly published book, The Weaver, and I enjoyed reading it.
It's a fantasy about Mary, who lives where storytelling is extremely important to the culture but can't tell stories well. She meets a magic creature who gives her a wish but, as in many fairy tales, the wish turns out to be more of a curse - or is it?
The plot is good and original, the characters are believable, and the language is often poetic without calling unnecessary attention to itself. The Weaver has a message kids need to hear but it doesn't hit them over the head with it.
The book is shorter than most for the nine to twelve age group, but many kids want books they can read quickly so they'll probably like this one.