Friday, February 4, 2011


A while back I interviewed Kai Strand, lovely lady, fabulous author, and a super critique partner. Today, I want to share her debut novel, The Weaver, with you.

Here is my review. Enjoy.


by Kai Strand.

At one time or another, most of us have made a wish for something we truly wanted. Sometimes that wish came true, the way we hoped. Other times it turned out quite differently than we expected, surprising us.

In author Kai Strand’s debut novel, THE WEAVER, for middle grade and tween readers, Mary Wordsmith lives in The Tales, a village where the people weave stories. Mary wants to weave tales as beautiful as those of her mother, Abigail. Mary’s tales, however, are boring. When she starts to tell one, the other kids at school roll their eyes and yawn and groan. Then one day on her way home from the dairy Mary meets Unwanted, a little blue gnome-elf, who grants her a wish. What happens next makes for a fantasy story that will delight young readers and old. I know the tale fascinated me. I could envision Mary, trying so hard to tell her stories, but not having the special touch that the rest of the villagers seemed to have. Even her name, Wordsmith, hints at what she is, so why do her stories turn out all wrong?

Ms. Strand has woven a beautiful tale of her own that young readers will want to read over and over. The vivid descriptions of the town and the people allow readers to “see” the quaint village and to be there, with Mary and her family. THE WEAVER would make a perfect addition to grades 3 - 5 classrooms. After reading the book, the students could then weave their own tales and illustrate them as well. What a fun way to develop students’ creative writing skills. I wish I’d had this book when I was teaching 3rd and 5th grades. And the cover art by K. C. Snider is just perfect for the little village of The Tale.

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 94 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (December 10, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616331224

ISBN-13: 978-1616331221

The Weaver is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Guardian Angel Publishing.
Have a safe weekend.


  1. Thanks, Norma. Appreciate you stopping by.

  2. Terrific and insightful review! I've read The Weaver and agree with you full heartedly!

    Warm regards,
    Children’s Author
    Write What Inspires You Blog
    The Golden Pathway Story book Blog
    Donna M. McDine’s Website

  3. Hi Donna. Thanks. The story is charming.

  4. Great review. Sounds like it will be a fun book to read.

  5. It is, Susanne. Young readers should enjoy it. Even older readers like me will like Mary and her family. :)

  6. Great review and you have me wanting to read it, too! I love children's books, that age group has the best of tales to be read.

  7. Thanks, Ruthi. The Weaver is a lovely story that, to me, might encourage young readers to try writing their own stories.

  8. Kai Strand book is very unique in that adults and children can learn a very valuable lesson. I really enjoyed The Weaver and the lesson that it teaches!

    Kitchen Benchtops

  9. I agree with you, Joseph. Thanks for stopping by.