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The Ropemaker
The Ropemaker
Author: Peter Dickinson
Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest’s power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. And much to her amazemen...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385729215
ISBN-10: 0385729219
Publication Date: 11/13/2001
Pages: 376
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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miss-info avatar reviewed The Ropemaker on + 386 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book is a bit of a hefty read for young, impatient readers, but just right for readers of ANY age who like to get into their books and stay there for a good while. Almost the entire story is taken up with a journey, as Tilja and three others travel through a dangerous country they don't understand to search out help for their homeland. There are a few elements of danger, but nothing young readers can't handle. Tilja is believable and likeable, and she has a wonderful relationship with her cranky old grandmother. In the end she comes to realize that she doesn't need to be like the rest of her family, she's perfect the way she is. I liked this book as an adult, and I think it's just sort of book I would have greatly enjoyed when I was a young teen, as well.
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althea avatar reviewed The Ropemaker on + 774 more book reviews
It was interesting to contrast this enjoyable, well-written YA fantasy book with Ursula LeGuin's "Voices," which I read recently. Both deal with a pair of young people from a remote, isolated valley, and their families.
While both situation and family are, in LeGuin's view, unrelentingly negative, to Dickinson, this situation is just positive as positive can be... as a matter of fact, the whole point of the book is that the young people and their grandparents must go on a quest to find a magician to preserve the spells that keep their valley isolated, cut off from the larger, socially and politically oppressive empire beyond....
LeGuin took the opposite view altogether, where the young people had to attempt to escape the oppressiveness of the backwards, backwater valley and get out to the wider world to grow...
As I said, however, Dickinson's writing was fun and the story enjoyable - but I did find myself questioning some of his situations.... probably because it's a YA book, and he didn't want to really get into them. But having a young teen boy and girl who obviously like each other go on a long trip together - and have NO sexual tension develop was unrealistic. And, having two very elderly people experience a magical spell that makes them both teens again, to have them fall in love - and then to have them voluntarily give that up and choose to become old again, without a whole lot of agony, is also totally unrealistic.
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Fabulous book...about magic, growing up into who you are, and a "can't put it down" book! I'm 60 but loved it!