Book Review of Tipani Walker and the Nightmare Knot
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Jessica Crichton
Ages 8-12 | 164 Pages
Publisher: Amazon KDP | ISBN-13: 9798418930811
What to Expect: Adventure, nightmares, poverty, drug addiction, gender, courage.
For most people, nightmares are something you get to walk away from in the morning when the sun comes up. Tipani isn’t so lucky; her days are as bad as her nights.
Daytime is when she has to face Chris, the bully who torments her for being poor; the teachers who see her as the “bad kid”; the mother who neglects her; and the father who is lost in a coma. Nighttime is when the nightmares come. And through both night and day, the Spoon Man with his poisonous medicine stalks both Tipani and her mother, threatening to take away the little she has left. Luckily, Tipani isn’t like most people. She’s a Weaver, and that means she has the power to conquer her nightmares—if she can just find the courage to use it.
Gritty and hard-hitting, Tipani Walker and the Nightmare Knot is a well-written and sensitive exploration of the very real challenges that many children face, from neglect and poverty to violence at the hands of drug dealers and criminals. Through the eyes of the sensitive, relatable protagonist, readers get a first-hand account of just how easy it is for such children to be let down by parents, school systems, authority figures, and peers. At the same time, the novel is a gripping adventure filled with imaginative creatures and fantastic worlds that will keep any reader on the edge of their seat.
Tipani Walker and the Nightmare Knot is one of the best middle-grade adventures out there—don’t pick it up unless you have nothing else to do for the day.
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About the Author
Jessica Crichton is a mother of five, holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and has taught creative writing, composition, and filmmaking to grades 5 through college. She has been making up stories pretty much her whole life, though she likes to say that her “official” career began at the age of 14 when she was published for the first time in her local newspaper.
Jessica lives in Washington state with her fiancé Larry and spends most of her free time thinking about the looniest things on and off the planet. Some of them she even writes down! Oh, and her favorite dinosaur is the triceratops and her favorite color is burnt orange, in case you were wondering.
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