The Puppets of Spelhorst


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A New York Times bestseller!

"Kate DiCamillo's dazzling first title in the Norendy Tales trilogy is brimming with wit, whimsy, and heart as it follows five puppets fulfilling their thrilling shared destiny." - Shelf Awareness

Shut up in a trunk by a taciturn old sea captain with a secret, five friends--a king, a wolf, a girl, a boy, and an owl--bicker, boast, and comfort one another in the dark. Individually, they dream of song and light, freedom and flight, purpose and glory, but they all agree they are part of a larger story, bound each to each by chance, bonded by the heart's mysteries. When at last their shared fate arrives, landing them on a mantel in a blue room in the home of two little girls, the truth is more astonishing than any of them could have imagined. A beloved author of modern classics draws on her most moving themes with humor, heart, and wisdom in the first of the Norendy Tales, a projected trio of novellas linked by place and mood, each illustrated in black and white by a different virtuoso illustrator. A magical and beautifully packaged gift volume designed to be read aloud and shared, The Puppets of Spelhorst is a tale that soothes and strengthens us on our journey, leading us through whatever dark forest we find ourselves in.

Author: Kate DiCamillo
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 10/10/2023
Series: The Norendy Tales
Pages: 160
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.45w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781536216752
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 520937 / Puppets of Spelhorst


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 08/14/2023
Booklist 08/01/2023 pg. 73
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2023
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2023 pg. 72
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 11/01/2023
Shelf Awareness 10/13/2023
BookPage 10/01/2023
School Library Journal 11/24/2023 pg. 1

About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.

Julie Morstad is the illustrator of numerous acclaimed books for young readers, including House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg, When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, and Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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