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Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways To Increase your Personal and Social Effectiveness

by Alan Garner

More than a million people have learned the secrets of effective conversation using Conversationally Speaking. This revised edition provides more ways to improve conversational skills by asking questions that promote conversation, learning how to listen so that others will be encouraged to talk, reducing anxiety in social situations and more.

Elidor

by Alan Garner

It began as a rather boring day. The Watson siblings, wandering around town in search of amusement, wind up in a deserted slum. Then suddenly, they find themselves transported to Elidor, a magical world one step removed from our own-- a once green and glorious place transformed by fear and darkness into a terrifying shadow world. Before returning home, the Watsons are entrusted with the care of four ancient Treasures. The powers of these Treasures lie dormant for a year, and the children begin to doubt whether Elidor ever existed. But when the forces of evil cross over into our world, there is no doubt that they are in great and very real danger. It falls to the Watson children to protect the Treasures from their pursuers, seal the bridge between worlds, and guard the strayed unicorn Findhorn ... even though their heroism may cost them everything.

The Moon of Gomrath

by Alan Garner

The Moon of Gomrath is a 160 page fantasy novel written by the widely acclaimed children's fantasy author Alan Garner and first published in 1963. It is the sequel of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. The summary by William Collins Publishers reads as follows: In the woods on Alderley Edge, Susan and her brother Colin chance upon the Elf Lord, who leads them back to Fundindelve and the wizard Cadellin. The elves desperately need Susan's magic bracelet and, against the advice of Cadellin, Susan lends it to them-only to find herself, without its protection, in such terrible danger that even Cadellin cannot help her. The Old Magic from the beginning of the world has been held in check by the High Magic of thoughts and spells, but must now be called upon to save her. But the Old Magic, once awakened, grows more and more powerful and uncontrollable, until finally a band of wild ancient horsemen and old evil spirits are set loose. Colin is captured by a witch. It is up to Susan alone to fight against the evil magic. Alan Garner, winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Award, and many other honors for his outstanding books for young readers here creates a richly detailed fantasy world drawn from his deep knowledge of folklore and tales of ancient magic. Susan is a heroine all readers will admire, and her final blast on the horn of Angharad Goldenhand is a thrilling climax to an exciting story.

The Owl Service

by Alan Garner

Something is scratching around in the attic above Alison's room. Yet the only thing up there is a stack of grimy old plates. Alison and her stepbrother, Roger, discover that the flowery patterns on the plates, when traced onto paper, can be fitted together to create owls-owls that disappear when no one is watching. With each vanished owl, strange events begin to happen around Alison, Roger, and the caretaker's son, Gwyn. As the kids uncover the mystery of the owl service, they become trapped within a local legend, playing out roles in a tragic love story that has repeated itself for generations...a love story that has always ended in disaster.

Red Shift

by Alan Garner

In second-century Britain, Macey and a gang of fellow deserters from the Roman army hunt and are hunted by deadly local tribes. Fifteen centuries later, during the English Civil War, Thomas Rowley hides from the ruthless troops who have encircled his village. And in contemporary Britain, Tom, a precocious, love-struck, mentally unstable teenager, struggles to cope with the imminent departure for London of his girlfriend, Jan. Three separate stories, three utterly different lives, distant in time and yet strangely linked to a single place, the mysterious, looming outcrop known as Mow Cop, and a single object, the blunt head of a stone axe: all these come together in Alan Garner's extraordinary Red Shift, a pyrotechnical and deeply moving elaboration on themes of chance and fate, time and eternity, visionary awakening and destructive madness.

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

by Alan Garner

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is a 220 page fantasy novel written by the widely acclaimed author Alan Garner and first published in 1960. The Moon of Gomrath is its sequel. Alan Garner belongs to the distinguished line of children's fantasy writers that includes E Nesbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper. The summary by William Collins Publishers reads as follows: In Fundindelve, the great dwarf-hall, legend says that a band of knights lie deep in enchanted slumber. They will not wake until the day when they must fight Nastrond, the spirit of evil. The magic which binds the sleeping knights is sealed in the heart of the Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and guarded by the good wizard Cadellin. When Susan and Colin, curious about this legend, venture into the gloomy woods near Alderley Edge, they are suddenly attacked and captured by the svart-alfar, strange goblin-like creatures, and then, in a flash of blue light, rescued by Cadellin. However, the good wizard has disturbing news: he has lost the Weirdstone!And if Nastrond finds it before Cadellin does, the world is doomed. But why did Nastrond send the svart-alfar to capture Susan and Colin? How are these modern-day children involved with the ancient magic? Not until they are safely home again does Susan realize that the jewel she wears on her wrist-the one her mother gave her long ago-is the missing Weirdstone. Trying to bring it back to Cadellin, she and Colin are soon caught up in a terrifying struggle between the forces of good and evil for possession of the stone. Alan Garner, winner of the Carnegie Medal and many other awards for his distinguished fiction for young readers, here draws on his deep knowledge of ancient folklore to create a world of sorcery, fantasy, and high adventure.

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