The Resource The silver bowl, Diane Stanley

The silver bowl, Diane Stanley

Label
The silver bowl
Title
The silver bowl
Statement of responsibility
Diane Stanley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2011
Review
  • A versatile and inventive raconteur, Stanley (Bella at Midnight) nimbly weaves intrigue and fantasy into this richly layered story set in medieval times. Sent to work as a scullery maid at the castle, high-spirited Molly bids farewell to her mother, who tells Molly that she has inherited her ability to see visions predicting the future. She also gives her daughter a necklace that Molly's silversmith grandfather had "put some good magic into," which she predicts Molly might need. Polishing an intricately patterned silver hand basin belonging to the king, Molly hears a voice urging her to "Listen!" and she sees in the bowl scenes from the past, including one depicting the bowl's creation by her grandfather, who was forced to bestow on it curses that have plagued the royal family. With crisp pacing and enticing end-of-chapter teasers, Stanley gradually reveals the intriguing story of the curse, which Molly must break in order to save a kind prince who's the sole surviving direct heir to the throne. That task and the Molly's rescue of the prince are relayed with suspense and some unanticipated plot spirals. Ages 10–up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed July 11, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Veteran Stanley concocts a delicious blend of familiar fairy-tale motifs and intriguing, well-rounded characters to create an engaging fantasy. Young Molly's mother is ill and her father uncaring, so she learns early how to take care of herself. Her resourcefulness pays off when she goes into service at the palace. Resilience and intelligence allow her to thrive, and they stand her in good stead when she gets swept up into a series of dangerous adventures. Molly encounters an enchanted artifact that reveals (only to her) the threat that hangs over the royal family. Aided by Tobias, a fellow servant who befriended her from the first, Molly rescues young Prince Alaric from certain death. The three then flee the castle and face a series of challenges both mundane and magical before Alaric can claim the throne. Stanley's writing is smooth and compelling, making her characters come to life and ensuring that readers can easily follow the twists and turns of the inventive plot. While there is indeed a villain as well as some not-so-nice characters, Stanley's nuanced portraits encourage readers to consider motivation as well as actions. Touches of humor lighten the tone at times, while suspenseful sequences heighten the tension. A most worthy and enjoyable entry in the "feisty female" fantasy genre. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011)
Awards note
CCBC Choices 2012
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10002366
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stanley, Diane
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 10 up
  • Middle School
  • 700
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.S7869
LC item number
Sjl 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.7.
  • 4.3.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The silver bowl trilogy
Series volume
bk. 1]
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Clairvoyance
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Magic
  • Kings and rulers
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Clairvoyance
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Magic
  • Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Fantasy
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Clairvoyance
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Kings and rulers
  • Magic
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The silver bowl, Diane Stanley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: The cup and the crown
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn646629026
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780061575464
Lccn
2010021967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780061575433
System control number
(OCoLC)646629026
Label
The silver bowl, Diane Stanley
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: The cup and the crown
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn646629026
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780061575464
Lccn
2010021967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780061575433
System control number
(OCoLC)646629026

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