Book Review

The Word-Keeper -Veronica Del Valle

It’s my stop on the blog tour for the charming book, The Word-Keeper by Veronica Del Valle today. Many thanks to Veronica and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


What would happen if words disappeared forever?

Set in a whimsical town called Inkwell, a place with an ancient secret history, this fairytale-like adventure will uncover the key to the power hidden within words.

The Word-Keeper is a tale about a savvy bookmark named Ben that unwillingly becomes an evil imp with only one objective: follow the orders of his master and destroy the words that live inside books.

Only one girl can stop him. Her name is Florence Ibbot. She is eleven years old, oddly eloquent and a quiet observer of the world. But above all, Florence is a keen logophile and is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the words.

She sets out to discover who is behind all this. The journey will take her to the origins of writing and inspiration. But she’ll also have to face the most treacherous adversary, Zyler, a ruthless sorceress whose sole mission is to ruin one of humankind’s most precious possessions: the gift of language.

As the final battle approaches, Florence will have to learn how to wield words instead of the sword. Is Florence brave enough to become who she was born to be?

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Although The Word-Keeper is aimed at readers from the pre-teen market, there are important messages for all ages, from the consideration of the words we use, and the good or harm they can do, through to the way that Florence herself deals with her bullies at school. In light of the times we find ourselves in, this book felt incredibly relevant, and should be on all school reading lists to help children understand the power of the language they use.

The language of this book was so wonderful and just flowed off the page. In my mind I could just picture readers of Florence’s age reaching for their own dictionary to discover the meanings behind the beautiful words used. It is almost as though the author has selected the most beautiful words, and the most fun words to say, and used as many of them as possible so that when they start to vanish it comes as a hammer blow as you have so recently been reminded of the wonder of the human language.

Florence is a wonderful, quirky little character, but it was Ben the bookmark who stole my heart. I loved his interaction with the bookworms, and his chats with the words in the book each night, each of whom had a personality to match their own meaning. As for Grandpa Davey, he really is the grandfather that every child should have, and Inkwell is the town where all book lovers should live.

The book is littered with illustrations that made me wish I was reading the book in hard copy, rather than on my Kindle, so that I could examine them in closer detail.

Veronica Del Valle’s love of language is obvious in every page of this book, and I would urge people of all ages to read it.


The word keeper author imageVeronica Del Valle grew up in Argentina, but life eventually led her to live in London, the city that was her home for many years.

Veronica’s always had a fondness for words, language and the magic of storytelling. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.

Veronica currently lives in Buenos Aires with her husband, Ale, and her daughter, Tomiko. She teaches creative writing at Universidad de San Andres and is a contributing editor and writer for one of Argentina’s leading news organizations.

When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s either a) meditating or b) enjoying life with her family (which, in a way, is another beautiful way to meditate).

The Word Keeper is the first novel she’s written.




Make sure you pay a visit to the other blogs taking part in the tour for this beautifully crafted book.

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