World Magazine gave the following Children’s Book of the Year award for 2014:
The winner of WORLD’s 2014 Children’s Book of the Year award is The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson. It’s just been published by Rabbit Room Press—and the story behind the book exhibits many of the ups and downs of today’s publishing world.
Singer-songwriter Peterson in 2008 published On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, the first volume in what became the Wingfeather saga. The series tracks the quest of Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli Igiby as they uncover their destiny by means of a secret map, a tragic history, and a nameless villain. In the first volume Peterson introduced a complex world teeming with strange (sometimes terrifying) creatures, pitched battles, fraught conflicts, great hardship, and humor to leaven the tension.
The Warden and the Wolf King is long for a children’s book, 519 pages, but its characters draw in readers and keep them involved. The narrative flows in a conversational yet elegant style that’s perfect for reading aloud, and it rises to an unpredictable conclusion that both satisfies and inspires.
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