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OK – this is a fiction book, set in the 1970’s/1980’s. The story is split between London and Germany.
What’s it about? - This is an incredible story of a 9 year old girl – Peggy – know to her father as “Punzel,” who is taken in secret, by her father, to a very remote hut in the German forest and kept there for 9 years, away from civilisation.
What can you say about the story telling? – I absolutely adore this book, which is fantastic example of storytelling at its best. Claire Fuller writes with such imagination, and draws you in, as Peggy’s plight unravels. I was captivated by it.
What did you think of the characterisation? - The characters were very real, strong and consistent. I loved the way Claire wrote the descriptions through a childs’ eyes. I loved the mystery, intrigue, and twists in the story. The story was magical, and a lilting almost fairytale quality to it.
There were numerous highlights but I loved this quotation where Peggy’s father is explaining how they will live their new life from now on -
-‘Dates only make us aware of how numbered our days are, how much closer to death we are, for each one we cross off. From now on, Punzel, we are going to live by the sun and the seasons.’ He picked me up and spun me around, laughing. ‘Our days will be endless.’
What was good about reading this book? – It was everything a book should be. Engaging, interesting, bright and colourful descriptions, particularly of the outdoors, the mountain life and the struggle for survival. I really felt for Peggy’s plight. I was helpless wondering how it would end.
What didn’t you like? – The start of the book only made sense at the end. This is not an issue, but I knew what the story was about and I was impatient at the beginning for it to happen.
How did reading the book make you feel? – The story was exciting in a sad, macabre sort of way. I found myself unable to put the book down and sad to read the last page. So the book made me think a lot about things we take for granted, like freedom, respect, choice, childhood and what a child really needs as they grow.
Would you recommend this book? – Yes. I think this is a book that will be top 100 book for many years to come. Just read it and see!
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