The Wind Singer (New)

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I can describe this book in one word Strange In fact it was so strange I could hardly relate to any characters as they and their situations were so unbelievablebut let me start the things I did like The dystopian fantasy world where long ago the manth people who were settlers found salt mines and made their wealth Travellers from the desert plains built the wind singer a contraption that when the wind blows a tune is played that keeps the manth people happy But the morah an all powerful spirit lord which appeared to consist of a legion of consciousness threatened the city long ago so they were forced to give a part of the wind singer away leaving it non functioning So its up to our 3 heroes to retrieve itI liked the city of Aramanth descriptions where xams are Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival everything andveryone must sit the same Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, exam in order to get a rating which will determine theirs and their family s status in society and where they live The leaders of this society believe thexams are fair giving The Fix eual opportunity to all For me this reminded me of my school days and how ourducation system is today and it may also raise uestions on whether this type of testing today really is fair on veryoneIn fact at one point some characters did point out that if they were tested on things they knew then their whole rating would be differentBut that s basically it when it comes to good development I do appreciate that this book is aimed for much younger audiences but strongly do feel it could have been made believable Nearly all the situations the characters were in were xtremely far fetched which had me ye rolling and cringing most of the time The characters themselves were seriously 2D cutouts that lacked all kinds of depth I mean they did dramatic things without ven a thought for the rest of their family nor did they seem to care about themselves and their own wellbeing Talk about self destruct I also felt this book was sugarcoated too much for my liking too with violent scenes bogged down and heartwarming moments that made me want to throw the book across the room I should also mention that the last uarter is so fast paced its like the author wanted to rush and get the book finished Huh he probably realised what a crappy job he d done and decided he wanted out lolI would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 as the young and unbelievable characters are likely to appeal to children and young children at that In year 7 my class was split into reading groups There were six people in my group and we were the capable group of the class When it came time to select the book we would read and discuss our group was divided in regards to what we should choose The four boys in my group wanted to read this book I assume just to spite us and my friend and I wanted to read another book the title Desire in Seven Voices escapes me at the moment After much heated debate about how good our book would be purely because of the blurb and cover our badass younger selves ignored the wise words don t judge a book by it s cover we came to a vote as pleasant democracy abiding citizens would Sadly because of majority rules we were subjected to read The Wind Singer But as fate would find me I actuallynjoyed this book it was a bit freaky and could be boring and slow at some scenes but I started this book when I was much younger about six or seven and I was hooked Unfortunately I was unable to finish it until much later about three or four years later and it still had me hooked three or four years later and it still had me hooked book made me happy Of course there wersome unaswered uestions specially about the old children and the windsinger but the rest of it was really charming I didn t really mind the made up words because they just added a lighter tone towhat could have been a depressing story I specially loved Mumpo and a few of the twins character traits The violence in the book didn t really bother me because of the way the author didn t dwell on it Iwas surprised that there would be books after it because it had a pretty tidy nding Anyhow it just provides an opportunity *For A Abckstory Plus *a abckstory plus would love to see how Aramanth fared after they inhabitants gained their freedom If was to critically analyse it now I would probably find disturbing messages or plot holes but reading it as a child it made me happy And that s what a children s book should do Children s books about the horrors of standardized testing are increasingly popular these days From Edward Bloor s well intentioned Story Time to The Report Card by the otherwise talented Andrew Clements these books have attempted to capture the dangers of this destructive teaching tool Both books have fallen short leaving some people to wonder if there could ver be a book that discusses this controversial subject well What few people know is that there s a fantastic well written and beautifully put together fantasy series that begins with the horrific results of what happens when a society bases all decisions on testing Regular methodical testing In William Nicholson s The Wind Singer the first in his Wind On Fire trilogy the term distopia takes on a whole new look and meaning In a book that is simultaneously wise beautifully penned and deeply moving The Wind Singer gets to the bottom of rigid test based communities and show us a great worst case scenarioAramanth is a community that loves its tests Living by the daily pledge I vow to strive harder to reach higher and in very way to seek to make tomorrow BETTER THAN TODAY ITS CITIZENS EMBODY THE ULTIMATE CASTE than today its citizens mbody the ultimate caste Based on strict standardized testing people live according to how well they test The nicest homes belong to those members of society that answer uizzes ffectively and intelligently For those people who don t like tests or don t do well on them for a variety of reasons they live on the bottom rungs of society There s very little rebellion in. Kestrel Hath's schoolroom rebellion against the stifling caste system of Aramanth leads to xplosive conseuences for her and her family they are relegated to the city's lowest caste and are ostracized With nothing left to lose Kestrel and her twin brother Bowman do the unthinkable they leave. Aramanth due to its rigid control of any possible insubordination on the part of its citizens That is until the day little Kestrel Hath decides that she doesn t want to live in a world based on testing any Suddenly she s ndangered her family and herself There seems no scape from Aramanth s rules and regulations until the ancient Emperor a disused ruler tells Kestral about the Wind Singer This gigantic and ancient construction of pipes that towers over the town was once given the ability to sing to its citizens calming their hearts and making them happy When the key to the Wind Singer s voice was stolen the society became cold and hardened into its current state With her twin brother Bowman and their initially unwanted tagalong Mumpo at her side Kestral and company Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) embark on a uest to save Aramanth from itself once and for allI nominate this book for the title Perfect Distopian Novel I ve not fallen for a fabulous fantasy in a long time and this book hasverything you could want in it A great and little used moral Characters you care about deeply A gripping plot Everything I greatly appreciated that the parents of the heroes in this book were not only both alive not usually the case in fantasies but also active amusing and subversive aids to their kids fforts Too often parents fret and flail in children s novels adding nothing to the story but woe In this book Mr and Mrs Hath recognize the uest their children are on and decide to raise a little hooplah in Aramanth on their own The results are uite fabulous The most recommended fantasy book in schools nation wide is undeniably Lois Lowry s The Giver I suggest that as good as it is we give The Giver a break for once and ncourage our kids to read The Wind Singer instead Those children that suffer under the strain of repeated testing will appreciate the book s strong message Children who like great action seuences and heightened danger will fall for the book s fast paced scapes and battles And those children that simply like a good story with good writing will be ntranced I say with conviction that this is probably one of the strongest British fantasy book for children written in the twenty first century It s simply the best In the city of Aramanth the lives of its citizens are ruled by a color coded caste system of standardized tests How well one does on the yearly High Examination determines what you do for work where you live and ven what color clothing you wear Those that test poorly find themselves consigned to the dismal one room tenements and menial labor of the Grey district while those who test well can ventually aspire to life in the mansions and illustrious careers of the White district Free thinking and creativity are unheard of but most of the city s residents are content with their way of life One family however is not The Haths Hanno and Ira have raised their three children the twins Kestrel and Bowman and baby Pinpin to believe that there a Overall Honest Book Review I read this book years ago may not be as concise of a reviewcharactersThe Hath family is a very supportive loving family Kestrel Hath is a little girl who has courage to stand up for what she believes in then the whole town She is cute spunky intelligent fair and honorable Bowman Hath is Kestrels twin brother who goes on the uest with her Mumpo tags along he doesn t take no for an answerProtagonistKestrels is a little girl who is a great protagonist She sticks to her guns and with the help of her family takes on an idea that the government of her town has made up She doesn t do it for herself she doesn t it for fairness to all PlotThis book brought a fantasy adventure to a new dystopian idea We have a world based on testing If you are wealthy then it s because you need Conflict in Blood extremely well on your tests If you did poorly you were weak and unimportant to society Your thoughts did not matter Then there s this little girl and her family who decide to go against all this to bring upon fairness She goes to find the singing tree to makeveryone happy dialogueThe character dialogue was done to perfection EmotionThe motions were nicely scattered in this story You had humor suspense anger worry and sadness I wanted to jump right in the book and help her on her journey The author made me believe in the purpose of the uest I cared deeply about what happened to the charactersEnding What can I say the nding was absolute brilliance for tieing up the whole story You will not be disapointed Oh my goodness I read this book when I was about The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant eleven years old and I ve been searching for itvery since No really You know those books you read as a kid that kind of stayed with you but you can t remember the title That was this book I searched for it in the library rooting through the orange coloured books I scoured titles for something with Wind in it That s all I could remember And then by some bizarre chance a friend asked *Did You Ever Read The Wind On *you Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) ever read the Wind on trilogy Me Never heard of it What s it about She goes on toxplain it and I get and xcited because It s the book So she lent

It To Me And I 
to me and I it and now I have warm happy fluttery things in my chest and stomach It was as good as I remembered it and left me with nostalgic fuzzies to bootObviously I m a bit biased in this review When it comes to my childhood Well let s say that while I m usually not a romantic Well I am kind of I just like to pretend that I m not half as much a romantic as I actually am I tend to romanticize my childhood and almost verything that has to do with it now contains some sort of special aura around it that brings me happiness And sadness And pretty much the whole spectrum of feelings that one associates with their childhood Anyway This book was part of my childhood albeit a very small part and taking what I ve just said you can be pretty certain that thi. The city walls Their only hope to rescue the rest of their family is to find the key to the wind singer a now defunct device in the city's center which was once the course of happiness and harmony in Aramanth But the key was given to an Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design evil spirit lord the Morah inxchange for the Morah's The Wind Singer

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