Books by David Wyatt

ILLUSIONOLOGY by Albert Schafer
Released: March 13, 2012

"Though most of professional magic's last 100 years pull a vanishing act, a beguiling mix of wonders and practical advice. (bibliography, many detachable or already detached pieces) (Novelty/nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Leaving no square inch of page space unpurposed, the latest in the 'Ology series wraps directions for over two dozen simple sleight-of-hand tricks in thick skeins of history and mystery. Read full book review >
MOTHSTORM by Philip Reeve
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

It's Up the Empire and Huzzah! as Art and Myrtle Mumby and their superhuman Solar System-creating Shaper mother return for a third Victorian space-operatic adventure. Read full book review >

MINES OF THE MINOTAUR by Julia Golding
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2008

Golding's series about epic environmental danger continues its steady, gentle tone. Read full book review >

STARCROSS by Philip Reeve
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"[T]he British Empire," declares Mrs. Emily Mumby, ancient superhuman creator of the Solar System and Art and Myrtle's mum, "stands on the brink of an invasion by highly intelligent hats from the future!" Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

The glory of Empire meets Star Trek in this space fantasy-picaresque that Edgar Rice Burroughs would have loved. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1997

A big-picture view of California's history, told with verve and considerable learning. Wyatt, a native Californian and professor of English at the University of Maryland, ranges freely among several disciplines, including history, literature, linguistics, and natural history, to shape a panoptic account of California history. Read full book review >

THE FOUNDLING by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 1973

"All worth another hearing as Alexander tells them, but hardly an important contribution to a mythological landscape."
Alexander's six short fairy tales, set in Prydain before the time covered in his Newbery-winning quintet, demonstrates both the author's special talent for spinning this kind of story and the extent of his need to borrow plots and motifs on which to build. Read full book review >
THE HIGH KING by Lloyd Alexander
Released: March 1, 1968

"He takes earth, fulfilling by his deeds the prophecy in the Book of Three; Eilonwy gives up her magic to be his bride."
The last may be the best—movement toward an ultimate confrontation between the forces of life and the forces of death give this final Prydain adventure a stronger frame and tighter weave than the preceding four. Read full book review >
TARAN WANDERER by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 3, 1967

"If you've done well with the others, you'll want this; if not, try Tolkien."
A young man searches for his identity and finds that he is not what he was born but what he is becoming, that he is, in short, himself: "strength — and frailty. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE OF LLYR by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 11, 1966

"And, as before, the compelling mystery of Taran's destiny and Prydain's fate."
The Princess Eilonwy is one of the many attractive characters growing up through the previous titles in the continuing chronicle of Prydain: The Book of Three. Read full book review >
THE BLACK CAULDRON by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 12, 1965

"The sweep of the battles, the pressures of fear relieved by interludes of comedy, the blends of good and evil combine to the kind of once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories."
The Book of Three (1964, p. 818, J-262) has just received the invaluable boost that comes with selection as one of ALA's Notable Children's Books. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF THREE by Lloyd Alexander
Released: Aug. 27, 1964

"Hopefully, Prydain's history will be continued."
Prydain is an imagined territory, somewhat like Wales and peopled with characters whose genealogy stretches back to Welsh legend. Read full book review >