Bright Shadow
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Bright Shadow

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by Avi

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Children's Literature
One day Morwenna works as an ordinary servant and the next she turns into a wizard with five wishes. Well, maybe she is a wizard. To test this new sorcery, she wishes to be so rich that she does not have to work. She waits. Nothing happens. The old man who spoke of wishes must be crazy. Then her best friend, Swen, stands upon the gallows about to be hung as a wizard and traitor to the King. She runs to him and quietly wishes for him to be saved at the same time he speaks this wish aloud. A bird swoops down and cuts the rope freeing young Swen. Who is the true wizard? The entire kingdom and Swen believes it must be him, but Morwenna knows different. With the escape of Swen, the King's fury explodes into rage and no one feels safe. Morwenna keeps the wishes a secret from everyone until Gareth, the leader of the rebels, sees a wish granted. Now she has to use her last wish to save the kingdom, but will she speak it with her last breath? Avi Wortis gave Morwenna not the traditional three wishes, but five. The damsel saved the knight, or did she? Wait wasn't the knight supposed to save the damsel, or did he? This delightful and entertaining fairy tale broke many of the rules, but it will still leave the reader with a smile on the face. 1994 (orig. 1985), Aladdin Paperbacks,
— Julia Beiker
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Gr 5-8 A sensitively written tale which poses philosophical questions about selfishness, selflessness and the terrible burdens of what first appear to be wonderful gifts. Young Morwenna, upon the death of an ancient wizard, finds herself in possession of the world's last five wishes. She soon discovers that this gift is a lonely burden. By a curious trick of fate, a beloved but rather simple and selfish friend believes himself to be in possession of the wishes and constantly gets himself into situations from which Morwenna must extricate him. Freed from his foolishness through his death, Morwenna must live with the knowledge that she could have saved him had she been willing to use her final wish, thus giving up her own life in return. In a straightforward manner, Avi presents a fascinating balance between the simplistic and the complex. The inner conflict constantly taking place within the more mature (though chronologically younger) Morwenna is well contrasted with that of the unsophisticated Swen. A compact and well-told story that should inspire much debate about Morwenna's predicament and what readers would do in her circumstances. Karen P. Smith, Yonkers Board of Education, N.Y.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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7.52(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.47(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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