Title: The Secret of the Swords: Sword Girl Book 1
Author: Frances Watts
The first book in a fun and exciting series introducing Tommy a feisty kitchen hand who longs to be a knight. Tommy, a kitchen girl at Flamant Castle, dreams of becoming a knight – and when she is made the Keeper of the Blades, caring for all the swords in the castle armoury, it seems like her dream might come true. But then Sir Walter’s most valuable sword goes missing from the sword room. Will Tommy be able to find it before she is sent back to the kitchen in disgrace?
What a magical adventure story this is – can’t wait until my grandsons are a little older so they can read this. Yes the main character is a girl – but boys will love it too! Tommy (aka Thomasina) is stuck in the kitchen peeling potatoes and other horrible kitchen jobs. She sneaks off as often as she can to watch the knights train in the courtyard, practicing the moves with her potato peeler and broom. After thwarting a bully she scores a job looking after the castle swords – it might not be knight training – but is pretty close to it. Now she just has to keep her job and it takes a little magic and some special friends to help her stay. There are some wonderful characters in this story and a few surprises as well; even better is that there are more Tommy adventures to follow. I grabbed this title from a summary of children’s fiction titles that were reviewed for the inaugural AWW Reading Challenge in 2012. I have others in that summary on my list for the 2013 challenge and The Secret of the Swords has set a high bar. Recommended for middle primary school and adults who love children’s stories.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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The Secret of the Swords is book #3 for AWW2013