The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

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Twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie's storybook kingdom really is a storybook, where nothing ever changes, even the characters' mad scramble to reach their places whenever the book is opened, until Sylvie discovers she can enter new worlds with the Reader, and find new adventures.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780689853289
0689853289
9780689843242
0689843240
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Townley Roderick
Characteristics: 216 P. ;,18 cm.

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Twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie's storybook kingdom really is a storybook, where nothing ever changes, even the characters' mad scramble to reach their places whenever the book is opened, until Sylvie discovers she can enter new worlds with the Reader, and find new adventures.


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BookHaven
Feb 09, 2017

One of my all time favorite books! Princess Sylvie has been a character in a story for as long as she can remember. One day her book opens and for the first time in eighty years there is a new Reader! All the characters are happy, but none more so than Sylvie. Sylvie decides to break the rule of all storybook characters, "Never look at the Reader." When she does she makes a new friend and also encounters new adventures that she never would have if she hadn't decided to become friends with the new Reader, Clare.. Mr. Townley is a poet as well as a children's author. Every sentence he writes shines with beauty. This is a gem of a book and a lovely piece of metafiction. There are times in our lives when the hero or heroine of a book gives us the strength that we need to face hard times. Sylvie does just that for me. She is so courageous and so wiling to take on new adventures. I admire her so much. Highly recommended.

afzalupal Jul 16, 2014

When I first saw this book, I figured it belonged on the classic shelf. I liked that it was super fast paced.

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ava378
May 24, 2014

A must read, really makes you want to read more AND MORE… a very lovable main character. very well written.

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elloyd74
Jul 12, 2007

I don't know why this book wasn't raved about more when it came out in 2001...it's smart and wonderful metafiction about a book character's feelings for her Reader.

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