Friday, October 26, 2012

The Weaver by Kai Strand

"The Weaver" is a wonderful story of a young girl who struggles to find her "gift" of weaving words. Mary Wordsmith is an 11-year old girl living in the village of The Tales. Her mother Abigail is a master word weaver and Mary worries that she will never be as good as her mother at story telling. Even the 8-year olds in school can weave better stories than Mary, or so she thinks.

One day, on her way home from getting milk from the local dairy, Mary slips and drops the "shiny milk bottles". In her attempts to recover the "shiny milk bottles," she meets a blue-colored creature named Unwanted. This chance encounter changes her life forever. Mary discovers that Unwanted can grant wishes and she trades the shiny milk bottles for one wish. Mary’s wish – to "weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother." Her wish is granted, but Mary sees it as bringing more trouble to her word weaving. Along the journey, Mary discovers that how she views herself and her ability to "word weave" is very different from her mother’s view. Mary also discovers that one’s gift grows as they mature and one must learn to accept themselves first.

Kai Strand, the author, has woven a captivating tale, completely appropriate for 9-12 year olds. It is a book that even the "young at heart" can enjoy reading to their children or grandchildren. The chapters are short and flow easily into the next. "The Weaver" is Strand’s first book in a series. I look forward to reading her future "word weaving" stories. (Reviewed by P. Howard)

About the book:  In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.Suggested age for readers: 9-12
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 DISCLOSURE: A complimentary softcover copy of The Weaver was provided by World Of Ink Network on behalf of the author and publisher.


  1. Thank you for hosting and sharing about Kai Strand's book. I really enjoyed this one a lot. I hope other readers find out about it and enjoy it as much as I did.

  2. Kay's Weaver series is wonderfully kid friendly. And the idea of word weaving is integral to any great story. Way to go Kai!!

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