The Piper of Shadonia

17 October 2012

The Piper of Shadonia
by Linda Smith
Published by Coteau Books
Review by Tavish Bell
$14.95 ISBN 9781550505160

The Piper of Shadonia by Linda Smith is an excellent book for teenage readers who like adventure and fiction. When I first got this book, I was dubious. “I’m supposed to read a book about songs and music?” I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, since I prefer books laden with adventure. I was wrong. The Piper of Shadonia is about a boy who gets a pipe with magical powers. It starts out amazing and ends with tons of fun. Linda Smith’s story is good all the way through and hooks you on the very first page.

You will never get bored of this book. In fact, you won’t want to put it down. Ever. The Piper of Shadonia has a wonderful storyline and Linda Smith has a great, engaging writing style. The characters are very interesting; each one is unique. The book presents an interesting way of looking at things. I found that when I read it for the first time, the message seemed to be “you don’t have to be a big, buff, tough, warrior to be powerful.” That message is something I had never thought of before. There are many lessons to be learned throughout the story, and I’m sure that the next time I re-read it, I’ll find more.

Overall, I would recommend this book for an amazing storyline, amazing writing, and awesome adventure. Everything in Linda Smith’s book was perfect. I love this book so much.


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