Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the middle grade fantasy “Storyteller” by Lisa T. Cresswell. Review completed by Danielle (the daughter).
Title: Storyteller (Book 1) | Author: Lisa T. Cresswell | Publication Date: September 6 2015 | Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | Pages: 134 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Danielle (Daughter)
Book Description: Lily Lightfoot can make weird things happen, just by telling a story. It’s a gift she can’t always control, making her the queen of seventh grade outcasts. She can’t make a million dollars appear out of thin air or make it rain cupcakes, but it’s not for lack of trying. More than anything, she wants to see her mom, who’s left her in the care of her unconventional grandmother, Gwendolyn, and her only friend, Peter. When Lily finds a strange fairytale book, she’s drawn into a fantasy world where her mother waits for her. Lily is convinced the book she’s been reading is real. According to the book, those dark forces now threaten to destroy her mother. Despite the dire warnings of Gwendolyn and Peter, Lily embarks on a mission to find a way into the fantasy world to save her mom. The events she sets into motion with the telling of a story will change all of their lives forever.
1. What is the book about?
I read Book 1 of the Storyteller Trilogy (so far!). Storyteller tells the story of Lily Lightfoot who can make things happen just by telling stories. In the first book, Lily finds a book that she believes is about her mother. She is drawn to the fantasy world where her mother is being threatened by dark forces. Even thought Lily’s grandmother Gwendolyn and her best friend Peter tell her not to, she begins a dangerous journey to the true world where her mother waits for her.
2. Who are the main characters?
The main characters are Lily and Peter. Lily has the power to make things happen by just telling stories. Her grandmother does not want Lily to use her power but Lily just can’t help it. Sometimes her power ends up disastrous and that makes everyone afraid of her. Peter, who is Lily’s best friend and only friend, has a secret. He came from the true work and is helping Gwendolyn protect Lily. But it is really hard for him because Lily is very intent on finding her mother.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
My favorite parts of the book are when Lily enters the true world because it was really cool and I want to be able to see a different realm like Lily.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense?
No, everything made sense and I liked it all!
5. Does this book remind you of another book or movie?
This book sort of reminds me of the movie Bedtime Stories because in this book, Lily has the power to make things happen by telling stories and the two kids in the movie also have the power to make things happen by telling bedtime stories.
6. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
The cover of the book was cool except it would have been even more cool if the cover showed the true world.
7. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought the first book in the Storyteller Trilogy was a really great adventure. I couldn’t put the book down! I would definitely read the next books as well. In fact, I’m already a few chapters into Book 2!
8. Who do you think would like this book?
Storryteller was so much fun to read and I think that girls and boys 10 years and older would also really like this book.
About the Author: Lisa T. Cresswell
Lisa T. Cresswell, like most writers, began scribbling silly stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed, and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist? Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Now she writes middle grade and young adult novels, both fantastical and contemporary. Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!