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Until her return to the United States in 2001, Shevi Arnold was the consumer columnist for Israel’s oldest and largest English language daily, The Jerusalem Post. She also worked for that paper as an arts-and-entertainment writer specializing in comedy and children’s entertainment. For four years she edited a comics magazine, and for seven years she was the cartoonist and illustrator of a religious newsweekly. Her educational background includes degrees in English Literature and Theater Studies, as well as a teacher’s certificate. Like Dan and Sandy, she loves to read, but she loves to write, and share her stories with readers, even more.
Shevi Arnold now lives in a beautiful little town in New Jersey with her husband and two children. You can find her website at http://www.shevistories.com.
on June 26, 2012 :
I received this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program.
After 10 year old Toren's parent die, her brother wants to get an apprenticeship to leave the vineyard. Instead he ends up selling Toren to be a wizard's apprentice. Since wizard's are all men, Toren must look and act like a boy. We are taken through her lessons and adventures for the first 2 years of the 7 she is expected to serve.
I liked the story, even if I'm a bit older than the intended target age. It's a sweet story for tweens about courage and perseverance.
The story's ending was rather abrupt, but it left you wanting to read book 2 in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
This was a really terrific book. One of the best books I have read in a long time. It flowed beautifully and was well writen. A book that allows you to really see what it is, you are reading. I can see it all in my head. It was a great story and told very well. I could hardly put it down. I had it on my phone and read it everywhere, I fell asleep at night reading it and would wake up in the morning early so I could read some more before I went to work. Can't wait to read more by this author Shevi Arnold. Recieved this book from Library Thing. Thanks So Much - I really enjoyed reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2012 :
This was the start of a great new epic journey and I can't wait to read the next part! I was hooked from the very beginning and enjoyed all the tales that were told throughout the book. I was reminded of stories that I used to love reading when I was younger and I feel that the author really has a great talent for storytelling. Need me to review part 2??? I'm willing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 20, 2012 :
This is a wonderfully magical book. I loved reading this book and anyone would love it too. Great read. You will believe in magic after reading this book. Thank you
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2011 :
My view and review:
A little girl at the age of ten with an astounding love for her siblings and with out her parents to raise them, is left to be their little mother. Ten gold pieces will buy this little girl by one wizard who is looking for an apprentice that is worthy of his gold. Seeing Toren's magic in her storytelling confirms Toren is the right choice.
This wizard makes Toren... Tor, a boy not a girl because wizards can only have boys as their apprentices. It is the storytelling that sparks the wizard's attention and he sees how special Toren is. This was an expensive
exchange, and the wizard often refers to Toren as...my gold. I think he found more reason than that to name her so.
Toren and the wizard will go on a journey that educates the young girl about magic, her self worth, her family, and what it means to be an apprentice to a wizard. Stories and Tellers are Toren's educators. Midrosh is a school for wizard apprentices and where dragons are real. Toren wants anything but to be noticed. Try as she might to stay under the radar, a dragon finds her making her anything but unnoticed. I want to be there. It sounds beautiful.
Something I have started doing recently when writing my reviews, is to find a favorite quote and a favorite part of the book that touches me and pulls me completely into what the author is sharing. In this one, the author pulls at me several times with many quotes I would love to put into this review. They range from the importance of storytelling to the cloaks the story tellers wear and what the patches describe. Toren the Teller's Tale simply is a magnificent story with great inspiration.
My Favorite Quote
"We wizards and witches brandish magic. But we have become so obsessed with its symbols -- the potions and the spells -- that we have forgotten what the source of our hightest power is: the reading and retelling of the Shemet."
"We are all only stories you know Tor, only patches in the fabric of life."
Here, a Shemet is a story, a personal story. Everyone has one. It is not simply words told, but what makes a being their own. Knowing another's Shemet allows a connection, creates a bond and shares a knowing. To read or to know a Shemet, there is an exchange, not completely physical but more than spiritual.
The elder story tellers teach the apprentices at the Teller's Gathering the importance of stories and how tellers bridge all things with magic of their story telling. When Toren takes the stage as Tor, I can see the images rolling around her head like a movie, projecting the words she is about to recite. Her poem then said...incredible!
My Favorite Part
When Tor (or Toren) is with Gray and they study for ways to know two sides of every argument, because a great wizard always knows more than one side and sometimes three or four. This is when Toren learns for the first time about when magic was shattered, when spells were broken and the wind carried the magic to all places. Some things became magical, and some things did not. The explanation to why magic was shattered should not have been shared with Toren until her last year of school but was found out when she reads Mordek's Shemet.
This part of the story is pretty significant for me as it is a beautiful way to describe magic and where magic may have orginated. It is also very important because Mordek is an evil part of magic and the story. The exchange between Toren and Mordek changes everything for her.
Do you believe in Magic? I think after reading Toren the Teller's Tale, you will absolutely believe in Magic.
The way this story is set up by the author is absolutely mesmerizing. The introduction is of the author telling her tale, of a visitor and a teller. I simply adored this book and will cherish the message of magical storytelling. I loved Shevi's sense of adventure and her sense of humor. It was a fun and inspirational read. Something I will hold near and dear for a long time to come. A plus is that every chapter is wonderfully illustrated. Even with a black and white nook, this book is a visual pleasure. I love you Shevi Arnold, and I adore Toren The Teller's Tale
(reviewed within a month of purchase)