by Evan Turk
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Ancient storytellers draw in readers one scene, one suspense at a time; so enthralled are the listeners, that they barely notice they are under the storyteller’s spell.
The Storyteller does what a good storyteller does, wraps one story inside another, inside another and always leaves you wanting for more—the true magic of a storyteller.
This story is about a boy who lives in the Moroccan deserts and finds himself on the doorway of death, when he meets an ancient, long forgotten storyteller. The storyteller charms the boy with stories of a glorious blue bird and rich, blue miraculous yarns. That night the sandstorm announces he will return at sundown take over the kingdom. Inspired, the boy offers to tell him a story, and he repeats the storyteller’s story, stretching the story out two nights. In that time, the boy gathers water sellers and through his own ingenuity, finds a way to save the city.
In an oversized format dressed in Moroccan colors and arts, readers will eagerly be swept off to another land in the magic of the storyteller.