Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book tour: Discover Fairytale by Hope Pennington

I have the honor and pleasure to be again part of another interesting book tour organised by Priya from Writerly Yours. This time, the choice was an interesting YA novel, Fairytale, by Hope Pennington.
When I say 'interesting', I really mean it, because this book succeeds to create a story out of fragments and directions of computer games narratives, while adding a classical fairy tale touch. A young guy not so into school or life - he is not sure what he wants to be in life, but for sure is not so keen to start a life of 'study to work to eat to study to work to eat' - fell into a hole in the back of the garden, being suddenly transposed into a strange world where he is not only a visitor, but he is assigned the role of the 'Chosen One' assigned the mission of saving the world.
There are princes and a princess and sword fights and knights, and extraordinary creatures, but the entire experience is like a growing up trial, during which the young boy is taking up responsibilities and changes dramatically his indifferent perspective on life.
The book is fast-paced, with a lot of action, like in a real-time game, but also moments of reflection. The dialogues are sharp, short but well suited for the teenage literary sensibilities and expectations. Although is using an old fairy tale cliche, the story is written in a creative way, which can attract modern readers, fascinated by computer games. It is a smart way to make the best out of a common literary genre, and Hope Pennington succeeded to achieve a great story.
Fairytale is a recommended lecture for both young readers and educators and has many topics that can be easily used further in the classroom for further discussion, such as loyalty, respecting other cultures or courage.

Rating: 4 stars

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