I really appreciated this story, the relationships, the feeling, the details, but I wish its construction were just a bit more straightforward. I don't think I could have untangled it when I was in elementary school.
Great story - SO creatively connected! May be a little hard for younger children to follow, as the parts of story hop around and come together in the end. Triggers thoughtfulness and pondering over the author's intent behind this story. Will read other book by this author.
There is a doorway that sometimes opens up in the sea between our world and a second realm. At various times people with special abilities have been able to go through the doorway and bring companions with them. There are now two settlements in the second world, the Islanders who live on the one small island and the Raftworld people who roam the sea on their giant floating raft, endlessly looking for the doorway to go back to the first world. Some of the people have special abilities to walk and breath underwater or even talk to fish. But does everyone want to go back and are people required to use their gifts to help the king if they do not choose to? What lengths will the king go to and what are his real motives? Would work well as a book club pick with many interesting themes to discuss including family relationships, racism, disabilities vs gifts, government and civic responsibility. Excellent fantasy novel for 5 or 6th grade and up. Would be great for teens too.
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