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The Broken Thread

by Linda Smith

The Broken Thread
Alina gets her wish to be called to work on the Tapestry of Life on the Isle of Weavers, but one broken thread leads to a deadly mission in a land far away.

Destroying a deadly prince, in a violent court far from her home, was not what Alina expected when she was chosen to serve on the Isle of the Weavers.

Fifteen-year-old Alina comes from a long line of women who have gone to serve on the Isle of the Weavers, and she has always dreamed of doing the same. Her older sister is going to inherit the farm. She hasn't found any boy in the village that she's attracted to, like her other sister. And she loves her 10-year-old brother, but he's getting to be a pain to look after all the time. Still, a girl must be chosen to be a weaver, and Alina's already older than others were when they were called.

Then the weavers come. Her dreams come true, and she's taken to the Isle of Weaving, where the destiny of the world is born. Alina enters a long period of mental/spiritual training to prepare her to be a weaver. But she struggles with her trademark impatience.To the amusement of her trainers, she's anxious to begin weaving after only a few months training. Then Alina is asked to take spools of thread to the weaving room, and she gets her first glimpse of the awesome tapestry, with its multitude of threads, and colours, and shifting patterns. Left alone for a minute, she discovers a red thread - red like her own hair - which is short and broken, and she impulsively takes a strand of her hair and ties the red thread to a tawny thread nearby. Immediately, thousands?of other threads in the tapestry break.What has she done? The tapestry reflects what goes on in the world, as well as affecting events. By reconnecting a thread that was meant to be broken, she has caused the end of thousands of other threads/lives. She must undo what she has done and the story begins.

Get lost in a magical time where adventure and danger abound and the strength of our heroine, Alina, is put to the test.


5" x 7" 248 pages
12.95 CDN; 12.95 USD
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JuvenileFantasyNovel Tradepaper 13+
Linda Smith
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About the Author

Linda Smith has previously published three novels with Coteau: The Minstrel's Daughter, Talisa's Song, and The Weathermage. Together, these titles make up the "Tales of Three Lands" trilogy, a series that acted as a prequel to Smith's previous "The Freyan Trilogy", published by Thistledown Press. She also published several children's pictures books, and poetry and short fiction in literary periodicals.

Both Talisa's Song and The Minstrel's Daughter were finalists in the British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta Young Readers Choice Awards. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Linda earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Calgary. She then moved on to the University of Alberta, where she earned a Library Science degree. She also attained her Masters in Children's Literature from the Centre for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston, Massachussetts. Linda went on to work in Saskatoon, Nova Scotia and Boston. From 1984, she made her home in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where she worked as a children's librarian, and eventually wrote full time.

Linda passed away in August, 2007


Winner, Alberta Book Awards, Children's Literature, 2010
Gold Medal, Moonbeam Children's Awards, 2009

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