May 27, 2010

The Keeper’s Tattoo

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Keeperstattoo Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: The Keeper's Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott.

Nyssa spends her days at the Drowned Boy Inn, serving ale, cleaning tables, and avoiding unseemly advances from inebriated men. While not the most luxurious life, Nyssa doesn't feel anything but lucky – being that the innkeepers, William and his wife, found her as a small child, abandoned and alone, and took her in. Nyssa has no memory of her past, but she has incredibly vivid dreams of another life. Her waking life is pretty predictable. . . but when a strange ship pulls into the town's harbor, everything changes.

After one of the locals attempts to prevent Nyssa from entering the Inn, William reveals to Nyssa the life she never knew she had. Nyssa was part of a family, with a mother, a father, a brother, and all of them belonged to a tribe of people known as the Keepers.

The Keepers were thought to have been all killed off – but Nyssa's mother managed to protect her daughter. Now the people who attempted to annihilate the Keepers found out they hadn't finished the job, and the strange ship in the harbor is coming for Nyssa. There is no time to think about her newly found past or the ever-approaching future. Nyssa must leave behind the only life she's ever known — and fast.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

  1. Sonja_Stacks_Staffer

    Julia, thanks for catching that typo! I fixed it, so Nyssa should be spelled correctly now.
    You’re awesome!

  2. nelly14

    i did read it too the one who ask and its not bad i like diffrent kinds of books and i liked this one!!! but it dependens on what you read!! but i think you should give it a try!!

  3. Jordan

    This seems like a really good book to read. (:
    Hopefully my public library wil have it so I could read it. The cover looks really cool and what you said about it seems like it’s enjoyable to read and easy to read. Although I’ve never read it, I hope maybe one day I could ! It seemed sad whenever she was abandoned… But at the end of your summary, it makes me want to read it because it will seem like it has a good ending. (:

  4. campingtooth

    that sounds like a great book! I feel bad for Nyssa. and why is the tribe called the keeper?

  5. maymay

    I think that THE KEEPER’S TATTOO looks interesting because Nyssa has a past that she has never known and i am looking forword to reading it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. liz22101

    Wow, I don’t know if it looks gud. It doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t look gud.

  7. late night reader

    Wow! interesting book review. I am not sure that I want to read it. Has anyone read this book and thinks that I should read it? If so please comment!!!

  8. Joizzy

    wow, this book looks so good. I want to read it so bad. Where can i get. omg I luv books like that. Can’t wait to read it. Oh by the way nice cover for the book. It suits it. well peace and good luck

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