The Wordsmith Amanda Piesse

Whopper Wordsmith Reviews!

So we think all of our books are pretty incredible, but every now and then we seem to hit on one that everyone thinks is incredible. We thought we’d collect together some of the nice things that people have been saying, in case you need a little more persuading to give it a read!

‘There is a welter of post-apocalyptic novels out there at the moment, but Patricia Forde’s The Wordsmith (Little Island 285pp £7.99) stands out for its imaginative approach and its beautiful and careful use of language. The Ark is a community led by John Noa, who is gradually cutting down the list of words that people can use, believing that it was words which led people into trouble in the first place. It’s a vividly rendered allegory drawn with poetic phrasing that will suit older children with an eye for the complex.’ – Philip Womack in The Literary Review, July 2015

‘This book is important because it targets the dangers of global warming and the power of communication, love and expression. Without these words that we have, our lives would be unimaginably different. I would definitely recommend this book to all keen readers out there.’ – The Guardian

‘An exciting adventure… a fascinating read.’ – Books for Keeps, July 2015

‘A novel that truly stands apart for its originality and relevance… a book about words, about language, about their power to civilise – and, in the wrong hands, to abuse and dehumanise… Forde’s novel blends the futuristic with the retrospective, demanding that her readers consider their own language histories and their underlying philosophies.’ – The Irish Times

‘This gripping story has the dark atmosphere of books such as the Hunger Games series and ends on an intriguing note that might promise sequel. And that would be another fine thing.’ – Children’s Books Ireland

‘In a carefully crafted and evocative story, Forde has created a world yet to come that is powerful, mesmerising and chilling … the reader is kept in an astute, thought-provoking state by a story that will not let go… Thoroughly unique in its approach and simply stunning.‘ – Mary Esther Judy, Children’s Buyer

‘I was hooked from the beginning – I loved the concept of this book, the joy it takes in language’ – Zoe Toft, children’s books reviewer

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