The Sower of TalesAuthor Rachna Gilmore ISBN 9781550415902 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date July 26, 2007 Size 152 x 178 mm
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And then something dreadful happens. In every field, in every ditch across the Plains where Story Pods used to grow, there is no new growth. Calantha is sickened, and not just by thinking about the end of the Tales. She can't stand that no one else seems to care: the threat from the northern king is worry enough, they believe. So she decides it's up to her to do what's necessary: to seek the legendary Sower of Tales, and find out what's really happening on the Plains.
In The Sower of Tales, Governor- General's Award-winning author Rachna Gilmore has created a fantastic world and a stirring adventure; and Calantha, impatient and stubborn, dreamy and single-minded is an entirely human heroine whose personal journey goes straight to the heart.
"As successful fantasy must, The Sower of Tales incorporates both considerable originality and, simultaneously, a fidelity to the expected tropes of the genre, including a headstrong heroine, an epic quest, and world-shaping repercussions. What Gilmore does with this standard template, however, is daring in both its ambition and success.
— Quill & Quire
"Rachna Gilmore has created a wonderful quest story. . . This is a highly enjoyable, fast-paced read, and it contains all of the elements that make for great fantasy."
— Canadian Children's Book News magazine
- "The Sower of Tales!" thought Calantha.
Xenyss's words came fast, "Yes. She knows how the Essence of the story pods is knotted into the heart of our existence; she will know what Odhran is after. Get the key from the Gatherer and go to the Eastern Mountains. Find the Sower of Tales. Make haste, Calantha, but be careful. Odhran must be trying to stop anyone from finding her."
Calantha's insides began to twist with panic.
"Be calm, child. I will keep a thread of mind tied to you, and try to send help along the way. You must find the Sower of Tales - she too may be in danger."
is the author of many critically acclaimed books for adults and children. Her children's novels are consistently popular, and her picture book A Screaming Kind of Day, also published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, won the Governor General's Award for Text in 1999. The Sower of Tales is her first work of fantasy, but fans will recognize Ms Gilmore's sure hand in character and place here, as in all her novels. Rachna Gilmore lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Winner of the National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 2005
Winner of the 2005 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards in the category of Honor Books for Older Children
A 2006 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Honour Book
Red Maple Award shortlist, 2005