THE SHADOW OF MALABRON by Thomas Wharton

THE SHADOW OF MALABRON

The Perilous Realm: Book One
Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

After Will Lightfoot steals and wrecks his father’s motorcycle, he stumbles into a foreign world—a fractured realm in which stories originate and from which they migrate, transformed, into other worlds. Not able to use the portal by which he arrived, Will undertakes a seemingly impossible quest to find a gateless gate that will take him back to his home and family. His companions on this trek are a toymaker-cum–lore master and his granddaughter, a soldier and a talking wolf found by Will in the city library. Their group becomes seven on the road when they are joined by the mysterious Moth and his companion, a black bird named Raven. Lush descriptive prose, cleverly sustained suspense, a sprinkling of humor and an exciting climax will keep readers riveted to the story, while those who know their folklore will be delighted by Wharton’s twisting of the tropes and tales of myth and legend. Give this book to readers who love their fairies gritty or their tales fractured. They will thank you for the recommendation. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3911-2
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2009