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children's 8-12

Urchin of the Riding Stars: The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book I

 
 
Author
M.I. McAllister.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780747573562
Pages/Publication Date 330/2005
Daedalus Item Code 33637
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Raised on Mistmantle Isle, the foundling squirrel Urchin is thrilled to become the page for the heroic Captain Crispin, in this first book of M.I. McAllister's fantasy series for readers 9 to 13. But court intrigue threatens the peace of the island, and the heir to the throne is found murdered. Crispin is blamed and exiled, while the grieving king and queen are further manipulated by the ambitious Captain Husk and Lady Aspen—a pair not unlike Lord and Lady Macbeth. Can Urchin and Captain Padra, whom he now serves, undo their evil and bring Crispin back? The Mistmantle Chronicles tell the saga of young Urchin, an orphaned, strangely colored squirrel seemingly dropped from the sky, who may be the key to an ancient prophecy on the magically enshrouded isle of Mistmantle.

"M.I. McAllister's take on the genre adds teeth to Brian Jacques' long dominant Redwall series. In the blissfully secluded isle of Mistmantle, murder and mayhem bid fair to destroy the animal utopia of hedgehogs, squirrels, otters, and moles.... [McAllister's] characters are fully fleshed out, and she never quails at throwing in atrocities—such as 'culling' weaker baby animals—in terms that youngsters will understand, all the while being thoroughly appalled. It's a page turner, for a fact."—Children's Literature

 
 
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