The Silver Bowl by Diane StanleyThe Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley

The Silver Bowl

byDiane Stanley

Paperback | October 2, 2012

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"An engaging fantasy. A most worthy and enjoyable entry in the ‘feisty female’ fantasy genre,” said Kirkus Reviews.

Don't miss The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice.

Unwanted at home, Molly becomes a humble scullery maid for the King of Westria. She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret: She sees visions that always come true.

In time, Molly begins polishing the castle's fine silver pieces, which include one priceless royal treasure: the king's great ceremonial hand basin. But whenever she touches it, the silver warms beneath her fingers and the bowl's designs swirl into a vision that only she can see. A dreaded curse has befallen each generation of the royal family—and now it threatens the handsome Prince Alaric.

Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse. Could a less likely champion be found to save the Kingdom of Westria?

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, includingThe Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year byKirkus ReviewsandBook LinksLasting Connections, and was an ALABooklistEditors' Choice;The Cup and the Crown;Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's ...
Title:The Silver BowlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.74 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061575461

ISBN - 13:9780061575464


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic for Middle School Readers With my favourite genre being historical fiction, I was thrilled to find a book for late elementary and middle school readers that showed promise. My daughter, who is twelve, read the book shortly after it arrived and enjoyed it – quite a feat as it is very different from the wizard books she loves. The Silver Bowl is set in medieval/renaissance Europe where kings rule and kingdoms struggle to maintain peace. Molly and Tobias are believable and refreshing in their use of common sense and thinking things through before acting. They are smart, clever and compassionate. The plot is so well paced that the reader is carried along in the adventure, given time to breathe, make a prediction, and then start running once again to keep up with the action. What I enjoyed most was the unpredictability of the storyline. There was nothing formulaic about this adventure and there were a couple of points where I was caught off guard. Well done! This book will find a home on my classroom bookshelf and I can see it becoming a favourite read-aloud to children for years to come. I am eager to read the many more books by Diane Stanley and implementing them into the curriculum and study of the many artists and historical figures she has brought to life. The next adventure with Molly and Tobias in The Cup and The Crown is coming Fall 2012. Stay tuned. I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2011-09-25

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