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The great good thing : a novel / by Roderick Townley.

By: Townley, Rod.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: 216 p. ; 17 cm.ISBN: 0689843240; 9780689843242.Subject(s): Princesses -- Juvenile fiction | Dreams -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] Summary: Nothing ever changes inside the storybook kingdom inhabited by twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie, her parents, and many other characters until Sylvie discovers that by allying herself with the Reader she can experience new adventures beyond the confines of the book.
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CML Juvenile Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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"A Richard Jackson book."

Sequel: Into the labyrinth.

Nothing ever changes inside the storybook kingdom inhabited by twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie, her parents, and many other characters until Sylvie discovers that by allying herself with the Reader she can experience new adventures beyond the confines of the book.

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Gr 4-6-Roderick Townley's story about a story (Atheneum, 2001) follows 12-year-old Princess Sylvie, the main character in "The Great Good Thing," a book which is read and loved by young Claire. Claire's grandmother had read and loved it long before and it creates a bond between them. When Claire's thoughtless brother sets the book on fire, the characters cross over into Claire's mind, but this existence proves perilous because the story starts to lose its shape and the characters to rust from disuse. Encouraged by "the girl" (Claire's grandmother as she was when she was a girl), Sylvie crosses into the mind of Lily, Claire's daughter, and through her the story is retold and published (40,000 copies), bringing new life to its characters. This is a clever concept that allows the author to make some strong statements about the "life" of a story, its characters, and its author as well as the interplay between readers and stories. Broadway actress Blair Brown reads beautifully, with just enough voice to distinguish and "give life" to each character, but avoids making a dramatic production of the whole. Her timing and expression are excellent, and her voice clear and pleasing. Fantasy lovers and children who enjoy such books as Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth will enjoy this audiobook.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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