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Story You Had Humor You had humor anger worry and sadness I wanted to jump right in the book and help her on her journey The author made me believe in the purpose of the uest I cared deeply about what happened to the charactersEnding What can I say the ending was absolute brilliance for tieing up the whole story You will not be disapointed ummmmm this book was very strange VERY VERY STRANGE but i found myself liking it for some reason but just to warn ou if The Genessee Queen you haven t read it this is one of the weirdest things i have read in my entire life Oh my goodness I read this book when I was about elevenears old and I ve been searching for it every since No really You know those books ou read as a kid that kind of staye I can describe this book in one word Strange In fact it was so strange I book in one word Strange In fact it was so strange I hardly relate to any characters as they and their situations were so unbelievablebut let me start the things I did like The dystopian fantasy world where long ago the manth people who were settlers found salt mines and made their wealth Travellers from the desert plains built the wind singer a contraption that when the wind blows a tune is played that keeps the manth people happy But the morah an all powerful spirit lord which appeared to consist of a legion of consciousness threatened the city long ago so they were forced to give a part of the wind singer away leaving it non functioning So its up to our 3 heroes to retrieve itI liked the city of Aramanth descriptions where exams are everything and everyone must sit the same exam in order to get a rating which will determine theirs and their family s status in society and where they live The leaders of this society believe the exams are fair giving eual opportunity to all For me this reminded me of my school days and how our education system is today and it may also raise uestions on whether this type of testing today really is fair on everyoneIn fact at one point some characters did point out that if they were tested on things they knew then their whole rating would be differentBut that s basically it when it comes to good development I do appreciate that this book is aimed for much ounger audiences but strongly do feel it could have been made believable Nearly all the situations the characters were in were extremely far fetched which had me eye rolling and cringing most of the time The characters themselves were seriously 2D cutouts that lacked all kinds of depth I mean they did dramatic things without even a thought for the rest of their family nor did they seem to care about themselves and their own wellbeing Talk about self destruct I also felt this book was sugarcoated too much for my liking too with violent scenes bogged down and heartwarming moments that made me want to throw the book across the room I should also mention that the last uarter is so fast paced its like the author wanted to rush and get the book finished Huh he probably realised what a crappy job he d done and decided he wanted out lolI would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 as the Stevie Tenderheart Wait A Minute A Bedtime Story young and unbelievable characters are likely to appeal to children andoung children at that In the city of Aramanth the lives of its citizens are ruled by a color coded caste system of standardized tests How well one does on the Untitled yearly High Examination determines whatou do for work where Great Graphic Organizers To Use With Any Book Grades 2 6 you live and even what color clothingou wear Those that test poorly find themselves consigned to the dismal one room tenements and menial labor of the Grey district while those who test well can eventually aspire to life in the mansions and illustrious careers o I remember reading this trilogy many many Sweet Reunion years ago Mumpo and Kestrel were my favourite characters However the most I remember about it is just how weird it is Like really weird With creepy bald children that want to eatou soul kind of weird I might be tempted to reread this if I can dig it out at my mam s house I started this book when I was much The Well Tempered City What Modern Science Ancient Civilizations And Human Nature Teach Us About The Future Of Urban Life younger about six or seven and I was hooked Unfortunately I was unable to finish it until much later about three or fourears later and it still had me hooked The book made me happy Of course there wersome unaswered uestions especially about the old children and the windsinger but the rest of it was really charming I didn t really mind the made up words because they just added a lighter tone towhat could have been a depressing story I especially loved Mumpo and a few of the twins character traits The violence in the book didn t really bother me because of the way the author didn t dwell on it Iwas surprised that there would be books after it because it had a pretty tidy ending Anyhow it just provides an opportunity for a abckstory plus I would love to see how Aramanth fared after they inhabitants gained their freedom If was to critically analyse it now I would probably find disturbing messages or plot holes but reading it as a child it made me happy And that s what a children s book should E Aramanth's walls on their uest through city sewers and desert sandstorms to find the voice of the Wind Singer an ancient and mysterious instrument whose song can save Aramanth from its dreamless existenc. ,
Hrough the seams of her dress instead of into the arms leaving me to wonder if we were supposed to interpret her as mentally challenged Then the whole family heads leaving me to wonder if we were supposed to interpret her as mentally challenged Then the whole family heads to Pinpin s first test an extremely important and public event with Ira still wearing the torn gown and no one worried or making a comment about it not even the snippy neighbors or the arrogant officials in a society where one s clothing or at least its color is indicative of one s social standingI was bothered by social issues that were not directly or only peripherally related to those at the core of the story s message The Hath parents were kind loving and understanding but Ira Hath in particular was incapable of regulating her own actions and this was contextualized as a good thing even though her actions put her family at risk The mud people who lived underneath the city covered in mud that created by the effluvia of the sewers seemed a naive and simplistically rendered version of the stereotypical happy savage while the Ombaraka and Omchaka came across as a cross between nomadic peoples and clueless sports fans playing silly gamesNear the end of the children s journey the reader is told that Bo has become the natural leader of the group although in many ways it was Kestrel s courage and steadfastness that kept them going I surprised and bothered me not just because from that point forward Bo a boy displaced Kestral a girl from the leadership position but also because it wasn t in keeping with my interpretation of the story and the relationships between the children up to that point They each had their roles and worked very well together as a team but none of them would have made it on their ownI also found the actions of the heroes in defending themselves against the old children and the Zars to be disturbing But it wasn t really their actions so much as their lack of emotional conseuence for their actions Each of the children kills and none of them suffer emotional conseuences as a result For anyone much less a child to kill and feel no real remorse or upset is psychopathy This was especially disturbing to me after Mumpo and Bo were turned into Zars and then rehabilitated for it suggests that the Zars are just as much victims of the Morah as anyone else perhaps soFinally the Morah and the hold she held upon the people of Aramanth is problematic for it suggests that the people of the city were not responsible for their actions right or wrong If all of the people in the city were victims of mind control then we can hold none accountable for their actions with the possible exceptions of Kestral Bo and maybe MumpoAll in all I found this book intensely dissatisfying It was competently enough written but it struck exactly the wrong political and social notes for me over and over again While I chose not to restrict my now grown children s reading this is not a book I would have put in their hands and I would have felt the need to talk with them about my concerns In ear 7 my class was split into reading groups There were six people in my group and we were the capable group of the class When it came time to select the book we would read and discuss our group was divided in regards to what we should choose The four boys in my group wanted to read this book I assume just to spite us and my friend and I wanted to read another book the title escapes me at the moment After much heated debate about how good our book would be purely because of the blurb and cover our badass ounger selves ignored the wise words don t judge a book by it s cover we came to a vote as Pleasant Democracy Abiding Citizens Would democracy abiding citizens would because of majority rules we were subjected to read The Wind Singer But as fate would find me I actually enjoyed this book it was a bit freaky and could be boring and slow at some scenes but I really liked itThe Irony comes when I was the only one in my group to actually finish the book and the guys whom claimed it Overall Honest Book Review I read this book Kui Me Olime Maailmas Ksi years ago may not be as concise of a reviewcharactersThe Hath family is a very supportive loving family Kestrel Hath is a little girl who has courage to stand up for what she believes in then the whole town She is cute spunky intelligent fair and honorable Bowman Hath is Kestrels twin brother who goes on the uest with her Mumpo tags along he doesn t take no for an answerProtagonistKestrels is a little girl who is a great protagonist She sticks to her guns and with the help of her family takes on an idea that the government of her town has made up She doesn t do it for herself she doesn t it for fairness to all PlotThis book brought a fantasy adventure to a new dystopian idea We have a world based on testing Ifou are wealthy then it s because Glosa you need extremely well onour tests If Talk About Books A Study Of Reading Groups you did poorlyou were weak and unimportant to society Your thoughts did not matter Then there s this little girl and her family who decide to go against all this to bring upon fairness She goes to find the singing tree to make everyone happy dialogueThe character dialo. Their prophetic mother on a series of adventures to save the people of Amaranth from the repressive reign of the Mastery and travel great distances in search of the promised land The twins and Mumpo escap. Children s books about the horrors of standardized testing are increasingly
popular these days From Edward Bloor s well intentioned Story Time to The Report Card by the otherwise talented Andrew Clementsthese days From Edward Bloor s well intentioned Story Time to The Report Card by the otherwise talented Andrew Clements books have attempted to capture the dangers of this destructive teaching tool Both books have fallen short leaving some people to wonder if there could ever be a book that discusses this controversial subject well What few people know is that there s a fantastic well written and beautifully put together fantasy series that begins with the horrific results of what happens when a society bases all decisions on testing Regular methodical testing In William Nicholson s The Wind Singer the first in his Wind On Fire trilogy the term distopia takes on a
whole new look and meaning in a booknew look and meaning In a book is simultaneously wise beautifully penned and deeply moving The Wind Singer Gets To The gets to the of rigid test based communities and show us a great worst case scenarioAramanth is a community that loves its tests Living by the daily pledge I vow to strive harder to reach higher and in every way to seek to make tomorrow better than today its citizens embody the ultimate caste system Based on strict standardized testing people live according to how well they test The nicest homes belong to those members of society that answer uizzes effectively and intelligently For those people who don t like tests or don t do well on them for a variety of reasons they live on the bottom rungs of society There s very little rebellion in Aramanth due to its rigid control of any possible insubordination on the part of its citizens That is until the day little Kestrel Hath decides that she doesn t want to live in a world based on testing any Suddenly she s endangered her family and herself There seems no escape from Aramanth s rules and regulations until the ancient Emperor a disused ruler tells Kestral about the Wind Singer This gigantic and ancient construction of pipes that towers over the town was once given the ability to sing to its citizens calming their hearts and making them happy When the key to the Wind Singer s voice was stolen the society became cold and hardened into its current state With her twin brother Bowman and their initially unwanted tagalong Mumpo at her side Kestral and company embark on a uest to save Aramanth from itself once and for allI nominate this book for the title Perfect Distopian Novel I ve not fallen for a fabulous fantasy in a long time and this book has everything ou could want in it A great and little used moral Characters ou care about deeply A gripping plot Everything I greatly appreciated that the parents of the heroes in this book were not only both alive not usually the case in fantasies but also active amusing and subversive aids to their kids efforts Too often parents fret and flail in children s novels adding nothing to the story but woe In this book Mr and Mrs Hath recognize the uest their children are on and decide to raise a little hooplah in Aramanth on their own The results are uite fabulous The most recommended fantasy book in schools nation wide is undeniably Lois Lowry s The Giver I suggest that as good as it is we give The Giver a break for once and encourage our kids to read The Wind Singer instead Those children that suffer under the strain of repeated testing will appreciate the book s strong message Children who like great action seuences and heightened danger will fall for the book s fast paced escapes and battles And those children that simply like a good story with good writing will be entranced I say with conviction that this is probably one of the strongest British fantasy book for children written in the twenty first century It s simply the best I was very disappointed in The Wind Singer by William Nicholson It seems to be an overly simplistic message book about the value of nonconformity but that message is garbled by many other messages many of which I can only hope were unintended How this ever won an award is beyond meI didn t mind the prologue while reading it but it did bother me that the central uestions raised in it Who are the mysterious strangers who came to Aramanth and built the wind singer Why did they build it How did they come by the silver object that gives the wind singer voice Etc are not answered nor do they seem to be central to the story Instead the wind singer seems to hold much the same function as a deus ex machina except that instead of solving a problem within the story it s used to kick the whole thing offThen we get into the first chapter in which we meet the Hath family and which starts with a string of nonsense words that we soon discover are intended to be cuss words To make matters worse the speaker is Ira Hath mother of the children who are the main viewpoint characters Bowman and Kestrel and their baby sister Pinpin Ira s entire dialog in the first chapter consisted of these cuss words and simple two or three word sentences bewailing fate plus she was incapable of dressing herself thrusting her arms In the city of Aramanth the Hath family is one of very few that believes in ideas and dreams than in endless toil and rantings This trilogy follows twins Kestrel and Bowman Hath their good friend Mumpo and.