Burt, Marissa. Storybound. HarperCollins, 2013.
Age Range: 8-12
Una Fairchild would rather spend her time with a book than with other people. Books she can rely on, unlike kids at school who make fun of her and are gone forever as soon as she moves to another foster home. One day she is reading in the school library when she finds herself inside the book, living it instead of reading it. She soon learns that she has been Written In to Story, the world where characters from the books in the Land of Readers live. Being Written In may not be such a good thing; it hasn’t happened to anyone since a great war before living memory changed the face of Story. In this fantastical world, it is hard to know who to trust and what to believe. Una and her new friends must try to learn the truth about Story and its people before Una’s identity as a Write In is discovered.
Storybound is an entertaining, fast-paced book that is full of action and adventure, with a healthy dose of mystery and intrigue. Readers will fly through this book as they look for answers to all of the questions Una and her friends face as they try to find the truth of Story’s Backstory. They will be delighted by the eclectic group of characters that they will meet, including a talking cat, a Hero in training, and a dryad looking for a missing tree, not to mention fairies, Tale Keepers, possible witches, possible Villians, and especially the world of Story itself.
The fast pace of Storybound and short chapters should be a point of appeal to even reluctant readers. Though the main character, Una, is a girl, her friend Peter also gets ample time at center stage, making the book more accessible to boys who prefer reading about male characters.
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