EBOOK NEW The Wind Singer ñ William Nicholson

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  • The Wind Singer
  • William Nicholson
  • English
  • 02 December 2020
  • 9780786817993

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The Wind Singer characters á 104 Read & Download The Wind Singer The city walls Their only hope to rescue the rest of their family is to find the key to the wind singer a now defunct device in the city's center which was once the course of happiness and harmony in Aramanth But the key was given to an evil spirit lord the Morah in exchange for the Morah's c. 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 through 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 off 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

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The Wind Singer characters á 104 Read & Download The Wind Singer Kestrel Hath's schoolroom rebellion against the stifling caste system of Aramanth leads to explosive conseuences for her and her family they are relegated to the city's lowest caste and are ostracized With nothing left to lose Kestrel and her twin brother Bowman do the unthinkable they leave. 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 Clements these 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 book that is simultaneously wise beautifully penned and deeply moving The Wind Singer gets to the bottom 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 you could want in it A great and little used moral Characters you 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

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The Wind Singer characters á 104 Read & Download The Wind Singer Alling off its terrible army of Zars Armed with desperate bravery wits and determination Kestrel Bowman and a tagalong classmate set off to find the key Along the way they meet allies and foes but in order to succeed in their uest they must face the most sinister force of all the powerful Mor. I started this book when I was much younger about six or seven and I was hooked Unfortunately I was unable to finish it until much later about three or four years 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 do