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The Word-Keeper

The Word-Keeper by Veronica del Valle

What would happen if words disappeared forever?

Set in a whimsical town called Inkwell, a place with an ancient secret history, this fairytale-like adventure will uncover the key to the power hidden within words.

The Word-Keeper is a tale about a savvy bookmark named Ben that unwillingly becomes an evil imp with only one objective: follow the orders of his master and destroy the words that live inside books.

Only one girl can stop him. Her name is Florence Ibbot. She is eleven years old, oddly eloquent and a quiet observer of the world. But above all, Florence is a keen logophile and is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the words.

She sets out to discover who is behind all this. The journey will take her to the origins of writing and inspiration. But she’ll also have to face the most treacherous adversary, Zyler, a ruthless sorceress whose sole mission is to ruin one of humankind’s most precious possessions: the gift of language.

As the final battle approaches, Florence will have to learn how to wield words instead of the sword. Is Florence brave enough to become who she was born to be?

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Author Bio

Veronica Del Valle grew up in Argentina, but life eventually led her to live in London, the city that was her home for many years.

Veronica’s always had a fondness for words, language and the magic of storytelling. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.

Veronica currently lives in Buenos Aires with her husband, Ale, and her daughter, Tomiko. She teaches creative writing at Universidad de San Andres and is a contributing editor and writer for one of Argentina’s leading news organizations.

When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s either a) meditating or b) enjoying life with her family (which, in a way, is another beautiful way to meditate).

The Word Keeper is the first novel she’s written.

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My Review

5 Stars

Florence Ibbot is a wonderful 12 year old that just doesn’t fit in at school. Her love of books and use of words make her a target for bullies. The place she does fit in is Inkwell, the magical town that her Grandpa runs a book store in. But when she gets there she notices that something is wrong. Words are disappearing and it’s going to be up to Florence and her Grandpa to help save Inkwell.

Poor Florence is such a wonderful young lady and is full of knowledge. I loved her use of big words but at the same time I wondered if other children her age would other looking them up as they read the story.

I really enjoyed the story with words disappearing along with peoples behaviors changing. It does make you ponder what would happen if these words disappeared in our world although I swear some days it feels like it has already happened.

I loved the adventure and the use of vocabulary. Grandpa Davey was a wonderful character along with Ben. I really enjoyed this read and recommend it for children and adults alike. I think this book would be great for kids and help them work on their own vocabulary.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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