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Number of Pages: 213
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
As orphans, Feather and Karsh were adopted by the Woban tribe. Now Karsh is alone with no one to call family and determined to find his sister. Meanwhile, Feather strives to survive and make her way back to her adoptive tribe and her brother.
The need to belong, the desire to be with loved ones, the drive to survive, to find what was lost are all themes illustrated in this young adult book. The reader is taken into a primitive world where two different ways of life are in conflict: violent brute force against peace and learning.
The book is a cautionary tale of the consequences of a world without books. However, Ms. Page Davis offers the reader hope and, along with Feather, the reader holds onto the promise, On the day when the dark and the light are equal, broken things will be mended and lost things will be found. This is a story worth reading for both the young and old. Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book Previews.com
RuthUpstate SCAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5April 9, 2010RuthUpstate SCAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleI loved the Frasier Island etc. series but this book really didn't click at all. I suppose I am more into suspense and real-life spy stuff as well as more real-life historical?
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 13, 2008Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleSusan Page Davis has written an incredible fantasy adventure in Feather. Complete with a map in the front, readers will become enthralled with Davis characters and tribes. Feather and her brother, Karsh, are supposed to be picking berries for the village, but Karsh goes down into the cellar of the old outpost to look for treasures. As Feather begs him to come back up, she is kidnapped by Blens, a wandering tribe that raids villages, killing and stealing to get what they need.When Karsh comes out of the cellar, he is horrified to see the Blens carrying Feather away. He runs back to his village, but the elders decide that going after Feather now would only make the Blens aware of their village. How many of their people should die to save one? Karsh understands, but cannot let Feather go. He vows to find her someday.Feather learns how to survive as a slave to the Blens despite their brutal nature. Thankfully, a boy named Tag is kind to her and becomes a friend. Feather makes known her gift of fletching, adding feathers to arrows. If she can be useful to the Blens, perhaps they will not risk her life with beatings. While Feather travels with the Blens, she and Tag make plans to escape, waiting for the right moment when broken things are mended and lost things are found.Feather is an exciting story of learning to survive despite strenuous obstacles. This novel might be recommended for readers ages 9-12, but readers of all ages will enjoy it. I loved this story and wish there was a sequel. (Hint, hint, Ms. Davis?) Highly Recommended.
Author: Susan Page Davis
Located in: Maine
Submitted: March 01, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm the mother of six children, all home schooled. I have books published in several genres, including historical romance and romantic suspense, with several cozy mysteries and a young adult contemporary coming up.
What was your motivation behind this project? The story of Feather cycled in my mind for a long time before I wrote it. My husband makes wooden bows and arrows, and the idea of a girl who was an expert fletcher intrigued me.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Children will love the fantasy setting, the action, and Feathers courage as she learns to live honorably in a difficult situation. They will also love the City of Cats, and the boy Tags dilemma as he faces the tribes testing while attempting to retain his integrity. Parents will appreciate the ongoing themes of loyalty, diligence, and family love. The children in this book, while very human, are portrayed as valorous without being reckless. While enslaved, they faithfully serve their masters without surrendering their values and hope of freedom.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? In the fantasy genre, of course I love J.R.R. Tokien and C.S. Lewis. I've also enjoyed Jeri Massi's and Donita K. Paul's books for children and some by Avi. Lois Lowry has mastered the thought-provoking fantasy.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: In summer 2007, my novel Sarah's Long Ride will be released by JourneyForth. In this book, a 14- year-old girl who competes in long distance horse races (called endurance rides) is orphaned and goes to live with her uncle, a horse trainer in eastern Oregon. Sarah doesn't know if she'll ever be able to compete again, but she's determined to keep her horse and her mother's in shape, just in case.
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