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Publisher's Summary

Hiding from a cadaverous stalker in 1046 England, Thorston races to unleash the magical charms from the diabolical Book Without Words. Suddenly, with success almost in his grasp, he slumps to the floor, muttering cryptic words. Newbery Award-winning author Avi adds this jewel to his many literary gems.
©2005 Avi; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"This is a story with a message, a true fable. Thoughtful readers will devour its absorbing plot and humorous elements, and learn a 'useful truth' along the way." (School Library Journal)
"Avi's name on the cover of a new novel is enough to provoke shivers of anticipation in many readers, and in this 'Fable of Medieval Magic' set in eleventh-century England, shivers are certainly warranted." (Booklist)
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By TolkienJunky7 on 09-01-17

a simple tale told simply

a simple tale told simply with a plot line which hinged very little upon the fact that it was set in the early medieval period. perhaps best suited for young readers ages 8 to 10 preteen.

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By Anonymous on 11-29-14

You cannot beat an Avi book

What did you love best about The Book Without Words?

The humor and the distinct personalities of each character (as well as their intentions). Many would be just like we have today. The uniqueness of the story was great

What did you like best about this story?

I think the character Alfric. He is just a pitiful character but he does what he is supposed to do and in the end, he is rewarded. The good are rewarded, the bad punished and while no, it's not true, in real life the bad do not always get punished, that is what we read books set the world right in our minds (or at least I do)

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably where the old man rises from his grave and Damien is complaining about how dead men should stay dead. Totally unlikable Damien is, but I found his sense of humor amusing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. It just gave me an escape for a few hours and it was a wonderful escape (not that I have a bad life but everyone needs to escape into the pages of a story now and then) it was at that.

I guess I did have an extreme dislike for Odo but he was necessary in the book so his character makes sense.

Any additional comments?

Nope, only that I recommend it very much.

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