First, she is Brown Hannah-a healer who lives in the Tanglewood, a drab girl who, for reasons unknown to her, unnerves the villagers who come for salves and charms. But when she challenges the magician who has held her captive for longer than she can remember, she becomes Green Hannah. Then she is Golden Hannah traveling through the land, her talking animals and birds (and one silent fox) by her side. And, finally, Russet Hannah, when she finishes the long journey back to where she first grew, and learns the story of who she is, and why her long flaxen hair is interwoven with deep-rooted flowers, plants, berries, and wheat. A world that utterly involves the reader, bone-deep imagery, a journey that strides through the heart-this eagerly anticipated novel, Meredith Ann Pierce's first in five years, is well worth the wait.
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Meredith Ann Pierce's acclaimed fantasy novels ("bewitching...unique... brilliant"-Boston Globe) include the Darkangel Trilogy and The Woman Who Loved ReindeerFrom School Library Journal:
Gr 8-10-Hannah lives in the heart of a forest, the Tanglewood, with a magpie, a badger, and three fox pups as her only companions. The nearby villagers seek her help as a healer but also fear her. The young woman's only other human contact is with a wizard for whom she must regularly brew a drink made from the flowers that sprout from her hair. He guards a priceless treasure and this drink gives him the strength and magical powers to keep it hidden. Strange knights come, questing after the treasure, but none return. Then a handsome young knight arrives, and Hannah falls in love with him. During his battle with the wizard, he is turned into a fox. After imprisoning the evil wizard in a cage of thorns, Hannah and her friends set off to find the Queen who sent Foxkith to the Tanglewood. A long involved journey leads them to a ruined island where Hannah at last learns of her true nature and mission in life. This is a complex story with a strong mythical theme. It puts forth the idea of an ancient earth mother who is both life giver and sustainer. If her spirit is wounded, the earth will suffer. The characters are well drawn and believable. The language is quite lovely but there are many quirky or unusual words. Likewise, the sentence structure has an archaic feel. All this takes some getting used to. Those readers who stick with the story long enough to get hooked will find it to be a well-fashioned fantasy with a particularly delightful ending.
Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Descrizione libro Viking Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0670892475
Descrizione libro Viking Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0670892475
Descrizione libro Viking Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110670892475
Descrizione libro Viking Childrens Books, Penguin, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001. Soft cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. RARE Advance Reading Copy-Uncorrected Proof-Not For Sale. No Edition or printing information but since this is an ARC it has to be a 1st in both cases. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. Back cover has a small crease. Front cover has a tiny crease. Binding has 2 chips. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Codice libro della libreria 001630