Are you the parent of a child who enjoys crafting and reading? One of the most unique books that your Harrisburg Frugal Family Examiner has come across is titled The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches by Cheryl Potter . This is the first installment of a trilogy about knitting witches geared for the YA (Young Adult) reader.
This clever book is a fantasy that follows 12 knitting witches as they try to restore balance to their world in a battle between good and evil. According to the press release:
This first book follows the story of twelve knitting witches through adventures fraught with mayhem and mischief. Twenty years have passed since the fire beneath the great dyepot was lit and the circle was complete. Now, the inhabitants of the Middlelands face a danger worse than any can remember. Darkness and chaos threaten to destroy the delicate balance of the natural world, and the magic of the dye crystals that have always been a way of life, and a great source of power for the people, has been outlawed. With female protagonists and strong male characters introduced along the way, The Broken Circle introduces themes of family relationships, coming of age, tough decision making, and so much more.
Each chapter has a different knitting pattern that the reader can recreate. There is an interactive website where you will find a complimentary Student Workbook to download and to be used by adults (parents and/or teachers) as well as the kids. In it you will find analytical and critical thinking questions as well as vocabulary words.
For an additional fee you may purchase the Companion Pattern Book ($15.99 paperback, $9.99 eBook) which guides the reader through the creation of all 21 patterns featured in The Broken Circle. Once the hard copies of the pattern book sell out it will not be reprinted but will continue to be available for purchase as an e-book. In fact all 3 books are available as e-books as well as hard copy. Even if your child does not have an interest in knitting, if they like the fantasy genre they will enjoy this book.
A great idea for you crafting tween or teen would be a basket full of the yarn, knitting needles, and paperback copies of all three books ($15.99 paperback). For the tech savvy child perhaps a tablet with the e-book versions (available for Nook, iPad, and Kindle - $9.99 eBook)). The book is also for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Potluck Yarn Shop, mybookorders.com, and other independent book sellers and yarn shops.
Fans of the book in Tuscon, Arizona have a chance to meet the author at the Tuscon Festival of Books on March 15, 2014. Currently Cheryl Potter is scheduled to be there from 2-4 p.m. All other fans will just have to wait until she finishes writing Book II: Secrets of the Lost Caves.
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