I have recently joined an online book club and the books chosen are classics. It is the first book club I have ever belonged to. The Story Girl is the first book I am reading and the meeting for it is in the next few weeks.
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About The Story Girl:
Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. And when Bev King and his younger brother Felix arrive for the summer, they, too, are captivated by the Story Girl.
Whether she’s leading them on exciting misadventures or narrating timeless stories–from the scary “Tale of the Family Ghost” to the fanciful “How Kissing Was Discovered” to the bittersweet “The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward”–the Story Girl has her audience hanging on every word.
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About the Author:
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (1874-1942) was born in what is now New London, Prince Edward Island, and raised by her grandparents after the death of her mother when she was just two. She worked for a time as a teacher and a journalist, then wrote her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, in the evenings while caring for her grandmother.
When the book appeared in 1908, it was an instant success; it would go on to sell millions of copies in dozens of languages the world over, making Anne one of literature’s most beloved characters of all time.
ELLY MACKAY is a paper artist and a children’s book author and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated If You Hold a Seed, Shadow Chasers and Butterfly Park, among others. She studied illustration and printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and at the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand.
Her distinctive pieces are made using paper and ink, and then are set into a miniature theatre and photographed, giving them their unique three-dimensional quality. Elly lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her husband and two children.
I will admit that this is not a book I would have picked up to read on any given day. It’s only because of joining this book club that I am revisiting many of the classics. My experience in school was a little odder than most as I went to a Catholic school through 6th grade and then went into a public school. VERY different educational system to say the least.
I didn’t really read the classics in High School and only started reading them in the past few years. There are many still unread. But that leaves great reading ahead, doesn’t it? Which is why I am so excited about this new book club.
The Story Girl is about a young woman who can tell stories. Really good stories and the people in town go to her for their story. She holds them and shares them when she feels it’s appropriate or in exchange for something.
It’s a sweet tale but I’m not going to say I really liked the story. I had a hard time staying engaged. I put it down, I picked it up. In fact, I read another book in-between the start and finish of this book. That does not speak well of The Story Girl, does it?
But as with any, not all books are for all people. I have come across others who have loved the tale. So all I can say is judge for yourself.