The Ever Part of Always by Toby K. Davis was a lot more than I thought it would be. Not only is it a beautifully written adventure tale, it is also a story that any child (especially girls) can relate too. The main character Keely is believable because her life is not glamorous. She is bullied by her neighbor, her mother is a depressed alcoholic, and she never sees her dad. The beginning of this book is quite sad actually but it sets the stage nicely for the transformation that Keely makes throughout the book as she overcomes all the negativity in her life. This book really does hold a meaningful message for young readers.
My only complaint about The Ever Part of Always is how Keely’s Gramms always taught her to push the negative words from other people deep down inside her. This is purely my own opinion but I always felt that letting it out and sharing with someone was the better alternative.
The illustrations were nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful detail with a title for each one and each depicting a scene from the book. Definitely enhancing the reading experience. I would recommend the Ever Part of Always for ages 8+. The vocabulary can get a little extensive from time to time but nothing to hard to get past.
Overall it was a good read with tons of adventure, problem solving and a great message!
4 stars out of 5
About the Book
Ten-year-old Keely Rosalie Tucker is a modern-day knight with no armor. Constantly bullied by a neighbor boy, Keely struggles to find her place in the world in which she is comforted only be the stories her Gramms has told her about enchanted, faraway places, where unicorns, fairies, and angels protect children from life’s everyday pains and dangers. Now all Keely has to do is figure out how to call them to help her.
Everything changes when her beloved Gramms suddenly dies and gifts Keely with her aging horse, Mariah, setting the stage for an adventure. Keely discovers that Mariah can talk, and she soon finds her way to a hidden valley over the moon and beyond rainbows where monsters and dragons disturb and invade the peace of mind. Now she must learn to believe in herself and develop her secret powers in order to deliver a miracle before its to late.
In this delightful and charming fantasy tale, a little girl learns to summon her courage and rely on her imagination as she opens her heart and mind to the sounds of the possible in a last-ditch effort to save a friend.
- Paperback: 193 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse Inc.
- Illustrator: Diana Magnuson
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