The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson

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A guest blogger today!  Elizabeth, a 4th grade student at Inly, reviewed The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson and her husband, John Paterson. 

“This book is about a young boy named Charles, but let’s start from the beginning. One day, a thousand years ago, there were two men named Fum and Phutt. One afternoon in their small stone village, Fum made a charm. The charm looked like a heart with a hole in it so he called it the flint heart. This was no ordinary piece of flint – it was magical. That day Phutt took a look at it and he started turning evil. Phutt told Fum that when he dies, Fum should bury the flint heart in the ground. The day of Phutt’s death came, and when he was buried, Fum just threw the heart on the grave.  

A thousand years passed and there was a boy named Charles. One day Charles wanted to find gold for his family… I liked this book because it was very exciting and you don’t want to stop reading it. I recommend this book for 4th to 6th grade students because it is very long, and I think some parts might be hard for younger kids to get.”

Admittedly, I edited some of Elizabeth’s review. She gave away a bit more than you may want to know! It’s worth pointing out that the critics agree with Elizabeth.  The Flint Heart was given starred reviews by both School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.

In other news, the Guardian recently published Comic Heroe’s magazine’s list of the top 10 heros. Batman was #1, but if you want to see the whole list, here’s the link.  Clearly, my knowledge of comic heros is lacking. I could only recognize 5 of the 10 names!


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