Friday, March 21, 2008

The Bronze Pen

The Bronze Pen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
With her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, twelve-year-old Audrey's dreams of becoming a writer seem very impractical until she is give a peculiar bronze pen that appears to have unusual powers.


Carrot in the stew said...

After taking most of the book for Audrey to discover the meaning of her Bronze Pen that she got from an old lady?? in the cave, does it really work? When she finally does figure it out and writes that she wants her dad to be better, the story kind of falls apart. Does the pen really make what she writes come true? Does her dad get better because of the doctors? Does writing that she wants her dad to get better give the doctors hope for surgery?
It is a good story and an interesting concept, but I just don't think the author pulled the story together enough. I give it 2 1/2 *'s.

librarycat said...

I agree with Carrot--a good idea for a story, but somehow it fell flat. Although warned to use the pen "wisely and for good purpose", Audrey for the most part made foolish choices. I felt the ending of the book was very predictable, and weakly written. 2 1/2 stars **