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The Chess Piece Magician
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Corrie's fingers closed round the small bone figure. It grew warmer in his grip. He could feel a pulse, as though it were alive . . .
When Corrie’s family returns to Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis for yet another miserable summer holiday, he has no idea of the incredible adventure that lies ahead. He finds a strange figurine on a windswept beach, which looks very like the ancient chess pieces found there centuries ago ... but this one has a magician’s staff.
Corrie makes friends with local girl, Kat, who tells him the island’s legends—of a terrible sea serpent who summoned up never-ending winter, and of a powerful magician who finally banished him. When Corrie hears a voice in the night and the strange little figure starts to glow, he finds himself drawn into an incredible battle between good and evil.
Douglas Bruton’s gripping first novel tells a fictional fantasy story behind the famed Lewis chessmen, which date from the twelfth century and were found in Uig Bay in the 1830s.
The Coming of the Unicorn
Scottish Folk Tales for Children
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Duncan Williamson came from a family of Traveling People. They told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching, and as a child Duncan learned the ways of the world through those stories. “My father's knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings—not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish—by stories.”
In this collection, Duncan passes on some of those wonderful folk and fairy tales for children. For more than sixty years, Duncan traveled around Scotland—on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later in an old van—collecting tales that come not only from the Traveling People but also from the crofters, farmers, and shepherds he met along the way.
The Coming of the Unicorn includes tales of cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies, rich kings and fearsome warriors, as well as stories about ordinary folks trying to make their way in the world. These stories have been written down to reflect as faithfully as possible Duncan's unique storytelling voice, full of color, humor, and life.
Duncan Williamson was born in 1928 on the shores of Loch Fyne, the seventh of sixteen children. He left home at the age of fifteen and spent the next forty years traveling, continuing the traditional trades of his people, and collecting tales from travelers, crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way. Duncan died in 2007, leaving behind a worldwide reputation.
Wings of Ruksh
Sequel to Dragonfire
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“Strange as it may seem, as he came in to land at Edinburgh Airport last year, the captain of the London flight reported sighting a dragon...”
A year on, and life has calmed down for Neil and Clara MacLean. A quiet meal in the Sultan’s palace restaurant. What could go wrong? But they hadn’t counted on the mirror! How is it connected to the missing Sultan’s crown, and what secrets does the mysterious Black Tower hold? Winged horses, snow witches, magic mirrors—how did they get here and where are they going?
From an Edinburgh literally cloaked in tartan, through the forbidding Highland hills, Neil and Clara set out with old and new friends on a perilous journey full of danger, daring—and a reluctant broomstick.
Book 4 of the Dragonfire Series
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Neil, Clara and Lewis are spending their Easter break with a friend in Glenmorven, near Aberdeen, unaware that the very existence of their magical friends is at stake, as stone giants rise from the mountains, and Prince Kalman throws his lot in with the most unexpected companions.
Can Firestar, the heart of all magic, battle the enemy from within before Arthur, the MacArthurs, and the Lords of the North are lost forever? Hobgoblins and an itinerant pop group called the Jelly Beans all contrive to bamboozle the cleverest minds that NASA has to offer, while the lure of the Glastonbury festival shines in the distance.
A new spin on the Highland clearances, caused by a malevolent piece of technology with a mind of its own! Fun and excitement from start to finish.
Book 5 of the Dragonfire Series
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“Her death would, she supposed, be quite an event in the world of magic and as Maritza, the Queen of the Earth Witches, approached, she wondered idly who else would be watching ...”
A death, a new house, a new school—and more witches with evil intentions than they had previously encountered. The realities of life come knocking at Neil and Clara’s door, leading them into a darker, more nail-biting adventure than ever before. When Clara inherits a silver amulet from her aunt, the Macleans’s magic connections take a decidedly perilous turn.
Containing an explosive, unexpected twist in the tale so far, the latest installment in Anne Forbes’s Dragonfire series will not disappoint as the story unfolds and family secrets are revealed.
Book 6 of the Dragonfire Series
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In his boundless quest for power, Lord Jezail has unearthed the terrible sword, Dragonslayer, from the depths of Edinburgh Castle, where it has lain buried for centuries. But the sword has its own agenda and, ensnared by its magic, Jezail becomes obsessed with the idea of killing Arthur, the MacArthurs’ wonderful dragon, and attacking the fabled Valley of the Dragons.
His actions so enrage the Lords of the North that they set off after him, as the World of Magic finds itself on the brink of war. Can friends and foes unite to save the world they know and love? What is Count Vassili’s secret? How did Arthur end up with the MacArthurs in the first place?
Witches, wolf people, MacArthurs and magicians join forces with Neil and Clara MacLean in this final dragon-filled adventure.
The Children of Odin
The Book of Northern Myths
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Meet Thor, Baldur, Freya, Odin and all the higher gods - and Loki too, mischief maker and clever deceiver. Filled with the most extraordinary tales of great depth, imagination and wisdom it is impossible to resist this wonderful book - and Colum's telling is outstanding. Filled with drama, intrigue, humor and adventure, this collection of tales begins with the building of Asgard, home of the gods, and ends with the final battle of Ragnarok when the world is deluged i water and made anew.
In between we meet Iduna and her golden apples, Freya of the ill-gotten necklace, Odin the Wanderer, Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, the mischievous, clever but vindictive Loki, and the whole Norse pantheon from giants to dwarves. For richness, cultural wealth and sheer grandeur, the Norse myths stand alone and unique in the world.
This edition has been given a new cover by Reg Down and the type has been reset, making this edition much more readable than previous editions.
The content of The Children of Odin is identical to that of Nordic Gods and Heros.
Sir Gillygad and the Gruesome Egg
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Sir Gillygad is a knight, a doughty knight who rides about on his trusty frog called Gorf. They sally forth on adventures bold and exciting: to the Twinkle, to Holey Hill, to the Plain of Dreams - even as far as World's End. The rumors are heard, rumors of an egg, a Gruesome Egg with two leggs, a left leg and a right leg, and the leggs are bird's leggs - which makes sense in an eggy sort of way. The egg is haunting the Daark Foreset, close to teh Mumbly Mews and the gerwine Greneff. So off Sir Gillygad gallops (well, hoppedy-hops), there to meet and confront this unique and remarkable beast.
Sir Gillygad and the Gruesome Egg is an adventuresome tale, suitable for children aged 9 to 12 or thereabouts - and adults, too, if they are still young at heart and open to the wonders that speak of the mystery of becoming.
Legends of King Arthur
Medieval Stories Collected and Retold
Formerly published as Tales the Harper Sang
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Enter a world of duels and jousting, where knights battle to protect the honor of fair maidens and defend King Arthur’s castle. Knights meet in fellowship at Camelot, where they are entertained with feasts and pageantry. Honor and chivalry are valued above all else, and courageous knights fight strange, unearthly foes to prove themselves worthy of a place at King Arthur’s table.
These ancient tales have been told since the fifth century, when Welsh bards traveled the countryside, entertaining lords and ladies with stories and songs. Those exciting tales were retold in verse by Chretien de Troyes in his twelfth-century Le morte d’Arthur and in prose by Sir Thomas Malory during the fifteenth century.
The book includes a selection of these enthralling legends, skillfully retold by renowned storyteller Isabel Wyatt.
The Dragon Boy
Book One of the Star Trilogy
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Orphaned twice by the time he was nine, he was living on the streets and did not even know his own name. He was not allowed to set foot inside the one place he was determined to find work. To complete the disaster of his young life, the object of his affections was Star, an immense, emerald-green dragon.
But, good fortune finally smilled upon him: Star was a Luck Dragon. Suddenly he was admitted as a barn boy into the elite Dragon Compound. He was given three warm meals a day, work, and even a name. And best of all, Star took him on as his secret apprentice.
The Dragon Boy is enjoyable for any age from 4th grade and up. In the classroom or at home, teachers and parents can easily read it to their students. It is useful as a reader in the fifth or sixth grade to stimulate conversation around good and evil, bullying, finding a purpose in life, destiny, perseverance, and above all, courage.
The Dragon of Two Hearts
Book Two of the Star Trilogy
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The tale of the the Dragon Boy continues in The Dragon of Two Hearts!
Answering a call of distress, the knight Michael find the king of Gladur Nock surprisingly reluctant to be rid of the shadow of fear the dragon casts over his land. And then he meets Princess Aina, a warrior maiden who first imprisons men and then trains them to do battle against the dragon.
With whom should he align himself? And what chance does he stand anyway against a ruthless, violent, and remorseless dragon? What good has all his training with a Luck Dragon been to prepare him for this moment?
Find out in The Dragon of Two Hearts - rivetting reading for ages 9 and up.
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This is a book I've been hoping to see for years - it is happy news that it is now available. Isabel Wyatt's retelling of the Odyssey is masterful and engaging. Without sacrificing any of the grandeur or scale of the original, she tells the complete story in a way that makes it a bit more immediate, more alive than the translations. This is the perfect reader for Grade 5 students in the Waldorf Curriculum, and a great story for everyone else.
A Wonder Book
Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology
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What could be better than to have riveting stories from Greek mythology told by one of America's finest writers? Not much, at least not from my perspective.
Nathaniel Hawthorne remains one of my favorite authors, despite the treatment he was meted out during my high school years. His ability to engage the reader and unfold a story far surpasses most of the literature that followed him - I still go back to his books when I want the uprightness and intelligence he brought to the page, and when I want a book that inspires such interest that I can hardly put it down.
It is just these qualities that he brought to A Wonder Book. Children will be captivated by both the Greek myths and by the storyteller who is the 'outer story' of this book. The warmth of the narrator and the imaginations of the Greeks combine to make A Wonder Book one of the treasures of children's literature for all time.
Ages 10 and up.
Nordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala
Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
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One of the finest collections of stories from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala, Nordic Hero Tales is filled with heroes, rivals, maidens, gods and goddesses. Centered on the sampo, the magical artifact around which the epic revolves in much the same way as the Ring features in both Wagner's opera cycle and Tolkien's Lord of the Ring, these stories speak of the classic struggle of good against evil in ways that are still alive and meaningful today.
Highly recommended for ages 9 and older.
Viking Gods and Heroes
Told by E. M. Wilmot-Buxton
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This captivating collection of stories handed down centuries ago from the hardy people of the Far North tells of handsome gods, lovely goddesses, giants and dwarfs who lived in a land dominated by fire and ice. Twenty-five astonishing tales, just right as an extension of the Waldorf 4th grade (9 year olds), recall the dramatic creation of earth, sea, and sky and the chilling struggles between titans, trolls, and mighty heroes.
Ages 9 and older.
The Story of the Golden Fleece
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When one of the finest storytellers turns his attention to one of the worlds richest stories, the results are simply wonderful. Colum's rendition of the Golden Fleece creates a world where Jason, Medea, Heracles (Hercules), Orpheus and others come to life in stirring detail. The Story of the Golden Fleece is itself an invitation to enter the world of Greek lore and and share the adventures of heroes and gods. Truly wonderful stuff!
Ages 10 and older.
Book of Fairy Princes
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With the wise counsel of the Golden Fish, the Fisher Boy sets out to win the heart of a beautiful princess. But first he must travel far and wide to find a golden eagle, a leaf-green bull, and a lion with a snow-white heart. Written for third-graders, this is another treasure from Isabel Wyatt.
Thorkill of Iceland
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King Gorm of Denmark sends the hero Thorkill of Iceland on a mission to the land of the Giants. Thorkill's enemies plan for him never to return from this journey. Thorkill's adventurous success is told with Isabel Wyatt's characteristic touch of drama and beauty. Included also in Thorkill of Iceland is the story of The Dream of King Alfdan, in which Prince Guthorm loses his inheritance after his father Sigurd is Banished from the Norwegian court and endures many adventures before fulfilling his destiny. Perfect for your adventurous 4th grader!
Gilgamesh - Man's First Story
Softbound - elegantly illustrated
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This is a powerful - and powerfully beautiful - retelling of one of the oldest stories known to humanity. Bernarda Bryson tells this story with simplicity and grace - retaining as she does the uniquely Sumerian view of the world, some of the poetic responses, and above all, the heart and soul of this story that combines in equal measure the elements of both transcendent victory and deep tragedy. This retelling was written for children, but I can't think of any adult who wouldn't enjoy it as well. Ms. Bryson is rightly remembered as an author whose sensitivity was matched by her literary skill - and who used the fullness of her capacities in the making of this book.
The story of Gilgamesh was first written down about 3000 BC in Sumeria. It tells of a great flood and of one man, befriended by the gods, who survived by building an ark. In the feats of Gilgamesh and his companion, Enkidu, a monster who turns into a gentle man who loves and respects the King, are found the sources of great mythological heroes: Hercules, Jason and Theseus.
In addition to its vital importance in the history of literature, Gilgamesh is an exciting and often amusing tale - setting jealous god against jealous god, god against man, and man against man in remarkable battles of wit and strength.
A must for fifth graders - wonderful for the rest of us!
Illustrated by Kris Carlson
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In olden times, the dragon appeared at the village gate every evening and demanded his due. Frightened villagers one after another brought him a prize sheep, or cow, or goat and the dragon then went away . . . for another night.
Then came a drought and there were no more animals to feed to the hungry dragon. Threatening to burn down the village if they refused him, the dragon told them to bring him their children instead. The children had been planning a long time for this day and surprised both the dragon and their parents by rising to fight and defeat the dragon.
But the dragon promised to return, and dragons always keep their promises . . .
Ages 8 through 10 or so (approximately grades 2 through 5).
The Midwife's Apprentice
With a new introduction by the author
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Here's another great Medieval tale by Karen Cushman. On a frosty morning sometime early in the fourteenth century, in a village somewhere in England, a girl known only as Brat was sleeping on a dung heap.
"You, girl. Are you alive or dead?"
When she opened her eyes, she saw an important-looking woman with a sharp glance and a sharp nose and a wimple starched into sharp pleats. This woman was Jane the Midwife, and she needed a helper . . .
Thus begins the funny, wise, compassionate story of the homeless waif who became the midwife's apprentice -- a person with a name and a place in the world.
A family favorite, ages 10 and up.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle
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I grew up at a time when Robin Hood and his Merry Men were a vibrant part of popular culture -- all the children I played with knew the stories as well as I did, and all of us loved Robin Hood and wanted to be just like him. The amount of pretend sword fighting and arrow shooting that we did was enough to leave even our energetic rabble ready for dinner and bedtime.
Looking back on my Robin Hood days, I still feel happy and grateful to have had them -- they provided all of us with wonderful adventures requiring real courage and derring-do. And, they gave us a model of someone who stood outside an unjust law, yet upheld a truer law and with a generous heart. Really, how could anyone ask for anything more for a child's imagination?
Howard Pyle's classic retelling of the Robin Hood tales is, in my opinion, the best available. The language is wonderful, Pyle's illustrations capture each moment while leaving lots of room for more imaginings, and he has told the greatest number of Robin Hood legends between two covers. Here are stories to nourish our childrens' brave hearts. Wonderful stuff!
Otto of the Silver Hand
Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle
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Pyle created a gem of story when he wrote Otto of the Silver Hand. With his wonderful command of language and consummate skill as an artist, he weaves the tale of Otto, the motherless son of a valiant robber baron in Medieval Germany. Young Otto is born into a warring household in an age when lawless chieftans are either fighting each other or despoiling merchant caravans. He is raised in a monastery only to return to his family's domain and become painfully involved in the blood-feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. Pyle captures the sound and feel of an ancient story in this book -- it's an adventure youngsters who hear or read it will not soon forget.