The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess for more than 80 years, ever since the book she lives in was first printed.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 216 p. ; 17 cm
ISBN: 9780689843242
Branch Call Number: j Town


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Feb 09, 2017

One of my all time favorite books! Princess Sylvie has been a character in a story for as long as she can remember. One day her book opens and for the first time in eighty years there is a new Reader! All the characters are happy, but none more so than Sylvie. Sylvie decides to break the rule of all storybook characters, "Never look at the Reader." When she does she makes a new friend and also encounters new adventures that she never would have if she hadn't decided to become friends with the new Reader, Clare.. Mr. Townley is a poet as well as a children's author. Every sentence he writes shines with beauty. This is a gem of a book and a lovely piece of metafiction. There are times in our lives when the hero or heroine of a book gives us the strength that we need to face hard times. Sylvie does just that for me. She is so courageous and so wiling to take on new adventures. I admire her so much. Highly recommended.

afzalupal Jul 16, 2014

When I first saw this book, I figured it belonged on the classic shelf. I liked that it was super fast paced.

May 24, 2014

A must read, really makes you want to read more AND MORE… a very lovable main character. very well written.

Jul 12, 2007

I don't know why this book wasn't raved about more when it came out in's smart and wonderful metafiction about a book character's feelings for her Reader.

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