Linda Smith The Broken Thread

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The Broken Thread

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Destroying a deadly prince, in a violent court far from her home, was not what Alina expected when she was chosen to serve on the Isle of the Weavers.

Fifteen-year-old Alina comes from a long line of women who have gone to serve on the Isle of the Weavers. One day, the weavers come and take her there, where the destiny of the world is born. Alina struggles with her trademark impatience during the training to prepare her to be a weaver.

Alina finally gets her first glimpse of the awesome tapestry, with its multitude of threads, and colours, and shifting patterns. When she impulsively repairs a broken thread, thousands of other threads in the tapestry snap. What has she done? By reconnecting a thread that was meant to be broken, she has caused the end of thousands of others.

She must undo what she has done and so is transported to a faraway land, complete unlike her own beloved isles. There she encounters a people equally different from her own. But she learns that there are basic human similarities — love, fear, jealousy, goodness — wherever you go. And she also learns there is more than one way to change a person's fate.

Linda Smith published the Tales of Three Lands trilogy with Coteau: The Minstrel's Daughter, Talisa's Song, and The Weathermage, as well as other fantasy titles. She also published several children's pictures books, poetry and short fiction in literary periodicals.

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Linda Smith loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books when she was growing up on the prairies, and regularly pretended that she was a pioneer. Linda's published titles include Windshifter, Sea Change, The Turning Time, Sir Cassie to the Rescue, The Minstrel's Daughter, Talisa's Song, The Weathermage, Kelly's Cabin, and The Broken Thread.

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Fifteen-year-old Alina has long wanted to serve on the Isle of Weaving, where generations of women have woven the fate of the world into a tapestry. One impulsive act, though, leads Alina to distant Kazia, where she unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of 10-year-old Ranjan, the king’s supercilious heir, who, Alina has forseen, will be responsible for the deaths of thousands if he lives. As she comes to know the child, though, she gains insight into the interconnectedness of lives and the power of compassion to change the future. This posthumously published fantasy title is touched with political intrigue, romance, and provocative questions about destiny and free will. The characters and the vaguely medieval settings are descriptively detailed, and readers will enjoy the story’s intriguing cultures and worlds. The dense prose requires patience, but dedicated readers will find Alina an engaging, courageous protagonist who discovers self-determination and the ability  that each individual has to make a difference. Grades 8-11. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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