The Severed Thread: The Bone Spindle, Book 2
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Severed Thread is a sequel to the fairytale reboot The Bone Spindle that switches the genders of traditional Sleeping Beauty roles. It picks up right where Bone Spindle left off, so reading them in order is recommended. Violence includes fights with magical powers and weapons, including a rod of thorns that embeds itself into the holder's flesh; fights in dreams with nightmare creatures; fights with an axe, knives, and swords; and stabbing, choking, and mention of the sound of crunching bones. Blood's mentioned but not described in detail, and there are some brief descriptions of pain. The past killing of a pet wolf puppy is implied. Romance includes mild flirting and a couple of kisses.
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What's the Story?
In THE SEVERED THREAD, the battle in the Forest of Thorns is over. Prince Briar Rose has been awakened, but his kingdom isn't saved yet. To restore the kingdom, Briar will need the help of treasure hunters Fi and Shane, and the guidance of the Paper Witch, to make it to the hidden city of Everlynd, where Briar's remaining subjects await his return. With Red still hot on their heels and determined to bring them to the evil Spindle Witch, they set out on a treacherous journey that will put their bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty to the test.
Is It Any Good?
This exciting and action-packed adventure sequel has everything fans who enjoyed the first book could hope for. Funny banter, hair-raising adventure, battles against ultimate evil, and vivid locations all continue to keep the pages of The Severed Thread turning. Tweens and teens will continue admiring the strong female leads, and they'll relate to Prince Briar as he comes into his own power. Another absolute cliffhanger of an ending will have fans eager for the next installment.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in The Severed Thread. Is it too much? Is fantasy violence different from real-world violence?
Do you like new or different takes on old, familiar stories, or would you rather they stay the same? How does swapping genders change this story? Does it give you any new insights into the story itself, or what people are capable of?
Did you read The Bone Spindle first? If you did, do you like one better than the other, or both the same? If you haven't read it yet, would you like to now?
- Author: Leslie Vedder
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Courage, Empathy, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Razorbill
- Publication date: February 7, 2023
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 416
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: March 27, 2023
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