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Once the 24 most powerful magicians in the Empire pledged to only use their magic to protect the people, but that promise has now corrupted them. Only the Ropemaker may be able to stop them, but he has not been seen for over 200 years. Into this dangerous world come Saranja, Maja, and Ribek. They seek the Ropemaker so that he might restore the ancient magic that protects their valley.
Tron, a novice priest, had spent his entire life in blind obedience to the major Priests who served the gods of the sun, moon and air. On the day of the ritual consecration of the king, however, Tron is Goat Boy- ailowed for one day to act on any impulse. BUT WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED.. Tron had heard it, the silent command of the air god-and he had obeyed. Incredibly, he had stolen the sacred Blue Hawk and doomed the only ruler he had ever known to death...and had damned himself to eternal exile. But in the wilderness-in an abandoned temple of sinister secrets-Tron slowly trained the extraordinary Blue Hawk. And with this bird as his sole companion, he embarked on the seemingly inevitable journey toward death. So, in an opulent coffin filled with myriad treasures, Tron entered a terrifying unknown land to learn the intrigues of gods, the follies of men-and the soaring magic of freedom and love!
In two parallel stories, a young female member of a prehistoric tribe becomes instrumental in advancing her people, and a present-day girl visits her paleontologist father on a dig in Africa where they discover important fossil remains.
This summary is taken from the front side cover: "EVERYTHING IS COMING TO GET CHUCK That's what Chuck thinks. Chuck is Danielle's dog, a whippet who isn't just nervous. She's scared-of loud noises, bags blowing down the street, motorcycles. And as for cars-! But Danielle is sure that Chuck, a very special dog, will manage to save the universe one day. In seven funny stories, chuck does her best to make Danielle's dream come true. Chuck and Danielle make a winning team in this delightful book by one of today's most distinguished and beloved writers for children."
Eva wakes. . . She has been in a coma for eight months after a horrifying accident. She hears her mother murmer, 'It's all right. You're going to be all right. ' But there's something terrible in the voice. . . Eva has changed. From now on she must live life that no one has ever lived before. A life that will change the world. 'An outstanding novel. ' Guardian 'Shatteringly moving, intellectually demanding, relentessly readable. ' Junior Bookself 'A remarkeable work of sceince fiction. It has tenderness, humour and passion. It will not quickly leave the mind. ' Times Literary Supplement
An unusual and moving story about the magical bond between a boy and his grandfather. Does it just happen that Gavin and Grandad see the seal while they are fishing in the harbor? Just happen that Grandad talks about the selkies, the seal people who can leave the water and take human form? Just happen that Grandad is finishing the beautiful miniature boat he's making for Gavin's tenth birthday, and Gavin decides to call her Selkie? And at that moment, Grandad has his stroke. Could the selkies have something to do with all this? Day after day at the hospital, Gavin tries to get through to helpless and speechless Grandad, trying to reach him, explain what's happened to him. Everyone else has given up. But Gavin will try anything. Even asking the selkies to help. To do that, he must give them something to show them how much it matters. What is the dearest thing he owns?
It is two hundred thousand years ago. A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their "Good Place" by violent strangers. While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man-eating lions, and other Kins they've never seen before. Told from four points of view, with tales of the Kins' creation interspersed throughout, this epic novel humanizes early man and illuminates the beginning of language, the development of skills, and the organization of society. It is a triumphant book from one of the genre's most revered authors.
'They are terrible. They are like the demons of old . . . They must be stopped, and you are here to bring that about, where everyone else has failed. You must find the Ropemaker. ' Despite his immense powers, the Ropemaker alone could not control the chaos raging through the Empire, so he chose twenty-four magicians to aid him in his task - the Watchers. They pledged to use their magic only to protect the people but the promise that bound them has now corrupted them. They have become a single, terrible entity with a limitless desire for domination. Only the Ropemaker may be able to stop them, but he has not been seen for over two hundred years. Into this dangerous world come Saranja, Maja and Ribek. They too are seeking the Ropemaker so that he might restore the ancient magic that protects their Valley. It is the task they were born to, but now it seems they have a greater purpose with far more at stake should they fail . . . In Angel Isle, Peter Dickinson takes readers on another spellbinding adventure, further into the enthralling fantasy world first encountered in his Carnegie Medal shortlisted novel, The Ropemaker.
The New York Times Book Review calls multiple-award winner Peter Dickinson "a stylist of subtle brilliance". Always surprising and incisive, the author of The Yellow Room Conspiracy and dozens of other unique novels returns with his first new book in five years; and proves again that in his masterful hands, powerful drama and devastating secrets can be found at the heart of even the smallest mysteries.For nearly her whole life, through most of the twentieth century, Rachel Matson saw the world through the lens of a camera, and produced stunning photographs that not only captured the moment but hinted at a greater truth. Now the ninety-year-old widow lies paralyzed, in the final stages of a debilitating illness. Yet while Rachel's body may be useless, her spirit remains indomitable, her mind razor sharp, and her eye, the trained eye of an artist, still picks up the most telling details. Together with her vast collection of photographs, these gifts are about to help her meet an extraordinary challenge, as she confronts a shattering mystery that harkens back over the decades...On a television program that showcases heirlooms, an antique pistol that belonged to her late husband, Colonel Jocelyn Matson, turns up, leaving Rachel bewildered and then profoundly disturbed. How could the prized Ladurie -- one of a matched pair of dueling pistols she had given to him to commemorate his return from the horrors of a Japanese POW camp -- appear hundreds of miles away in the possession of a stranger?Determined to learn the fate of Jocelyn's gun, Rachel falls back on the one thing left to her -- her intellect -- and soon begins the painful process of teasing the past from the shadows. Whatemerges from the vivid shards of her memories is a mesmerizing tale of honor, passion, and betrayal that stretches from colonial India to modern-day England ...a tale of a loving marriage interrupted by war, of a once-proud reg
Alfredo, a choir boy in 18th-century Italy, loses his family in a fire, and his mysterious Uncle Giorgio spirits him away to their ancestral home below a volcano. There he learns that Uncle Giorgio is the Master of the Mountain; he can control the volcano. He is also an alchemist, able to make gold from the tears of the fiery salamander he captured from the heart of the mountain. Alfredo is his heir, the next Master; and as Alfredo learns the history of his family and its power, he begins to suspect that his uncle is actually a fearsome sorcerer.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Suppose you spend your life repairing enormous clocks, the types that are found in huge clock towers around England. Suppose that mice are one of the causes of clock damage, and you've never given another thought to exterminating them. And then suppose one day, you climb into a clock tower and discover a nest of telepathic mice... and you realize the universe isn't quite as it seemed. How do you keep your newfound mouse friends and their secrets safe in a world where mice are harmful pests to be eliminated?
The highly acclaimed authors Dickinson and McKinley come together for the first time to author a collection of 6 captivating tales linked by an aquatic theme based on legends and Greek and Roman myths.
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