No matter how much trouble Sam gets in, he knows that he can always rely on his magic word, sorry, to get him out of a pinch. Teasing his little sister too much? Sorry! Hurt someones feelings in class? Sorry! Forgot to do his chores? So sorry! But when goblins come and steal his sorry, he cant apologize for anything anymore. To get his sorry back and stop the goblins from stealing anyone elses words, Sam will have to enter the goblins world and try to find the depository of stolen words.
There, he meets Tolver, a young goblin whos always dreamed of adventure. Tolver longs to use the goblin technologywhich can turn words into fuel to power shipsto set off and explore. But his grandma warns him that the goblin prospectors will only bring trouble.
Together, Tolver and Sam will have to outsmart the cruel prospectors and save the day before Sams parents ground him forever!
This is a well-executed fantasy novel with a wonderfully clever premise.
When it comes to fantasy stories like this one, its hard to keep track of all the new worlds facts. Heres a cheat sheet/overview of the complex and confusing Boglin/Goblin world:
- There is a difference between Boglins and Goblins.
- Boglins live in the marsh bogs and do things the traditional way, only taking what they need.
- Modern goblins, like the prospectors, use giant machines to collect more words than they need, all in the name of progress. (I love the irony of the prospectors misusing the word progress)
- Misused words are converted into hot air to power machines.
- Certain words can be used as spells.
This is all the info I can give you without spoiling most of the story.
Mainly, Goblins/Boglins steal words. More specifically, words that a human has overused or taken for granted.
Imagine losing the ability to apologize. I dont know about you, but that sounds terrifying. But to be honest, the word sorry is taken for granted. People say it a lot and usually dont mean it. While reading this story, I noticed just how much I say it, usually for things I have no control over but feel guilty for anyway. I also noticed how many words I overuse. Words like just, especially, book, story, a lot, etc. Its a very long list. Next time you talk to someone, pay attention to the words you use. What words are you overusing?
Overall, this story has great character development, plenty of action, and a lesson on choosing your words wisely and valuing the power of words.