The Silver Bowl

by Diane Stanley

Hardcover, 2011

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HarperCollins (2011), Edition: 1st, 320 pages


From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse.

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LibraryThing member jjvors
I started this book with low expectations, knowing it was a young adult book, and was pleasantly surprised. The author, Diane Stanley, plays with the classic "scullery maid meet a handsome prince" motif and gives it many an original turn. The book has magic, romance, coming of age narrative, and a
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murder mystery. What else could you want?
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LibraryThing member adventures
The Silver Bowl. This was an good interesting story. It is about a girl named Molly. Molly works at the palace. She has a special gift were sometimes she hears voices in her head, and they come true. The royal family of the castle is under a curse. They have been for years. When Molly learns of
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this, she and her friend Tobias work together to save the prince Alaric. Fiction/ Fantasy.
This was a good book and I reccomend it.
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LibraryThing member foggidawn
Molly, a young scullery maid, gets promoted to assistant silver polisher. While polishing one of the kingdom's treasures, an elaborately wrought silver basin, she hears a voice which speaks to her and shows her visions of a plot against the royal family. She confides these visions to her friend
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Tobias, another servant, but she is powerless to do anything but watch at the plot unfolds, until a key moment when she realizes that she might be able to save the king's youngest son. Molly, Tobias, and Prince Alaric flee the castle together, hiding themselves until the moment is right for Alaric to reveal that he has survived, and take his place on the throne. Before he can do that, though, there is one more service that only Molly can do for him -- and it relates to that same silver bowl that showed her the visions in the first place.

Stanley's writing displays good attention to detail, and she deftly throws in a few historical tidbits about medieval life. Character development is not the book's strong suit, and some critical readers may find the plot a bit simplistic. Neither of those details is likely to bother young readers, though, who will relish Molly, Tobias, and Alaric's adventures and the story's satisfying conclusion.
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