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. Volume XVI Number 8. . . .October 23, 2009
There seems to be a growing number of books published specifically for children who love books. They tend to be fantasies that surround a book or library with otherworldly significance. Cornelia Funke’s popular Inkspell trilogy, Michael Ende’s classic The Neverending Story, and Mary Hoffman’s Stravaganza series fall under this category which gives a nod to booklovers by making the central character a bookworm who falls into an incredible adventure. Matthew Skelton’s Endymion Spring is a nice addition to this group.
The book alternates between the story of two boys, Blake, who is staying in present day Oxford with his professor mother and gifted know-it-all sister, and Endymion Spring, a mute apprentice in 15th century Mainz, who works for Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. Blake finds himself in possession of an odd book that literally falls into his hands one day from the shelves of a library. The book appears to be full of blank pages, until a riddle materializes that only Blake can see. What follows is an engaging mystery, involving a Faustian pact, literary riddles, and historical fact.
Vikki VanSickle has an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia. She is a writer and manager of The Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto, ON.
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