Author: Gennifer Albin
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pub Date: 10/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Crewel was meaningfully written and carefully timed. The book is worded with an artistry that reminds me of Philip Pullman, and the rules and realities of its world are revealed in measured doses that fit into the story effortlessly. I was especially impressed with the author's descriptions- they formed connections between the reader and the foreign world inside Crewel. The whole book flowed; the dialogue was natural and made sense for the characters, and interesting flashbacks were integrated into the plot seamlessly.
Memorable or Forgettable: I will remember Crewel for the enthralling society it depicts and its amazing writing. I also found the characters memorable, Jost in particular. This revolutionary in hiding, fueled by the loss of his family and acting as a servant, was particularly fascinating and likeable. Sweet and humble, he had the most dimensions of any of the characters.
Cover: I found Crewel's cover to be very appealing, and a good representation of the book. The colorful lines illustrate the weaving of matter through time, and the subtle image of a face is a perfect addition to the design.
Age Range: Under 12-17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal