Monday, July 28, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE ROPE TRICK


THE ROPE TRICK
Lloyd Alexander
Dutton
2002


Available: paperback, hardcopy

Lidi is orphaned girl and makes her living as a magician. She travels from town-to-town in an old wagon with only one trusted companion. She is gifted and can do all sorts of sleight of the hand tricks. She makes a living, but knows she will never be rich or successful unless she can learn the rope trick. It's the greatest trick in the world
and known by only one man, the great legendary Ferramondo. If she can just find him and convince him to teach her the trick, she knows everything will turn out great. She sets out on a quest to find him, following a trail of clues and rumors.
This story has a historical tone, but is set in a fantasy world that doesn't exist. Lidi gathers a host of companions as she travels and must leave her quest to save those she comes to love. Ironically, when she does this she learns the most powerful magical skill of all.


Target audience: grades 5-7
Mystery/ Suspense: intriguing
Kid appeal: girls
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