The Wrinkled Crown

The Wrinkled Crown

eBook - 2015
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Fans of Anne Ursu will love Anne Nesbet's tale of music and friendship, set against an age-old war between magic and science. In the enchanted village of Lourka, almost-twelve-year-old Linny breaks an ancient law. Girls are forbidden to so much as touch the town's namesake musical instrument before their twelfth birthday or risk being spirited away. But Linny can't resist the call to play a lourka, so she builds one herself. When the punishment strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave home to try to set things right. With her father's young apprentice, Elias, along for the journey, Linny travels from the magical wrinkled country to the scientific land of the Plain, where she finds herself at the center of a battle between the logical and the magical.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2015
ISBN: 9780062104328
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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samcmar Jul 04, 2016

Some of my favourite kinds of middle grade novels are often the ones that are the most quiet and gentle. There's a lot to learn, there's often a good balance of morality and magic, which is exactly what we have in Anne Nesbet's The Wrinkled Crown.

If I'm being honest, I think what I loved about this book the most was just how gorgeous the writing is. It really does an amazing job of drawing the reader in, and it's rich in description. The story itself is cheeky, as we follow Linny, a heroine who has broken an ancient law in her world, in that if she touches a lourka before she turns twelve, or she'll be banished to Away. Unfortunately her best friend ends up having to pay the price, and it's up to Linny to make this wrong a right. I loved this story, though it definitely had some slow points for me.

I really can't get over how fleshed out these characters feel. I adored Sayra and her love for Linny, I thought Elias was a cutie, and Linny... she reminds me of Tommy from Rugrats, always doing what she shouldn't be and then trying to figure out how to a fix a problem before things get much, much worse. Linny is adventurous, daring, clever, she's someone I think a lot of younger readers would easily be drawn to because she is so capable, yet she's not always confident in herself.

The Wrinkled Crown is a such a delightful fantasy novel for anyone of any age. There's so much for children and adult alike to appreciate! The story is delightfully charming, with wonderfully vivid characters and fantastic writing. It's definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of authors like K.E Orsmbee or Claire Legrand.

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