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I have always been a voracious reader, eagerly reading for hours on end the latest mystery or adventure novel as a child. As an adult I find I have to make the time to read, since life is much busier than it once was. I recently read a new book called The Thickety by J.A. White that reminded me why I love to read!
The Thickety: A Path Begins takes place in the small secluded town of De’Noran, located on an island. The people in the village believe in hard work and no play, and magic is absolutely forbidden. Kara Westfall was only a small child when she saw her mother hang for being accused of witchcraft, and growing up she and her brother are shunned and persecuted by the villagers because of it.
When Kara ventures into the forbidden Thickety, a mysterious forest that covers most of the island, she is led to a strange book that has many powers, powers that are forbidden in her small town. As she realizes that the compelling book might have belonged to her mother, she is both entranced, emboldened, and scared of the book, which leads to adventure after adventure on her quest to learn more about her mother and the book.
Here’s a short video that is a great teaser for the book… check it out!
I had a VERY hard time putting this book down. It is very fast-paced, and is filled with folklore, magical creatures, and captivating characters. It’s easy to feel sorry for Kara, who must grow up in a town where practically everyone hates her, and it’s equally easy to fall in love with her little brother Taff, who is so loyal and loving to his big sister.
I started reading this book to my 10 and 12-year-old children, but quickly realized that the book was too mature and dark for my 10-year-old. It was perfect for my tween daughter, who couldn’t stop reading the book like me. “This would make a really good movie” she said, and I couldn’t agree more!
We started reading together out loud, but when she went to bed I would pull out the book and secretly read ahead. My daughter found out that I was reading ahead, and would try to get the book first from me so she could get ahead. Yes, the book is that good!
If your kids (or let’s be honest, YOU) love Harry Potter Books, or books about mystery, magic, and mysterious creatures, you and your kids will LOVE The Thickety. It is very very hard to put down, and since the book is the first in a series, if you’re anything like me, you will find yourself desperately wishing that the entire series were complete so you could dive head first into them.
For the twelfth year in a row, HarperCollins Children’s Books had the greatest number of picture books on the New York Times Best Seller list amongst children’s book publishers, with a total of 53 titles, including the popular Divergent.
Since I’m always on the hunt for new books to read, I’d love to know what some of your very favorite books are? Children’s books, young adult books, any books at all- what are your top picks?