Monday, March 25, 2013

The Gammage Cup

The Gammage Cup
by Carol Kendall
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1959
283 pages, paperback
juvenile fantasy

From the back cover:
"Troublemakers? Outlaws? Words like these have never been spoken in Slipper-by-the-Sea!  In this isolated town, the Minnipins, or Small Ones, minded their jobs, dressed simply, and never questioned the leading Family. Now five upstarts dare to be different. it is so upsetting that the only thing to do is banish them forever! Now, high on the mountain, a fire burns in the night. Only the small, courageous band of exiles knows that the Minnipins' dreaded enemies are preparing to attack. Can the outlaws rouse the village in time? Will they survive?"
This is a fabulous book that sends a great message about individual worth. Nobody needs to conform to what everyone else is doing. Everyone needs to stand up for who they are and what they believe and things will turn out all right in the end. If you are looking for a fabulous fantasy adventure with a real moral to it, you should definitely read The Gammage Cup!

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