Marbleheart

Marbleheart

by Don Callander
     
 

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Companion wanted...
sea otter preferred

Marbelheart was a sleek, dark-furred sea otter. He rescued maidens, fought witches, even installed a new emperor on the Dragon Thron of Choin. But lately, Marbleheart's been bored.

But all that's about to change...  See more details below

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Companion wanted...
sea otter preferred

Marbelheart was a sleek, dark-furred sea otter. He rescued maidens, fought witches, even installed a new emperor on the Dragon Thron of Choin. But lately, Marbleheart's been bored.

But all that's about to change...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Brenda Moses-Allen
Young fairy Crown Prince Benjamin Flowerbender runs away from home to seek adventure in the Old Kingdom. He is assisted by Marbleheart, the Sea Otter Familiar of Douglas Brightglade, Pyromancer of Wizard's High. Marbleheart is a talking otter with some magical ability. The two hire beautiful and capable sea captain Lorianne to take them to far-off Choin. After their ship is lost in a storm, all three are rescued by handsome Duke Thornwood and the talking sea tortoise Oval. Duke is searching for pirates who have been ransacking the peaceful coast of Old Kingdom. Ben then allows himself to be held captive by the Bewildered Band, who have been wandering for two hundred years after they lost their king and homeland in the War between the Darkness and Light. Eventually Douglas and his wife the aquamancer help rescue Ben using their own considerable magic tricks and those learned from their friend Flarman Flowerstalk, a High Wizard. Although Callander's story moves along at a very even pace, all the action happened in the past and is never really explained. This reader wanted to know more about the battle, who or what was the Darkness, and how it was overcome. Sometimes the writing style got in the way of the story, especially when the author described food or characters. Elaborate feasts prepared by a talking tea kettle are portrayed with mouth-watering detail. Chattering silverware, ants, birds, fish, hippos, and alligators are just some of the animated characters who inhabit and sometimes detract from this story because of the multi-layered quality they add to the plot. However, young readers might be fascinated by all these creatures who relate events to traveling companions. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441005383
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Donald Bruce Callander
March 23, 1930 -- July 25, 2008

Don Callander was the best-selling author of the 'Mancer series and the Dragon Companion series. Don originally worked as a travel writer/photographer and graphic designer before retiring to start his writing.

Don was born in Minneapolis, brought up in Duluth, Minnesota, and graduated from high school there before enlisting in the U. S. Navy in 1947. After serving four years on active duty (including the Korean War) he transferred to the Naval Reserve where he served as a 'weekend warrior' for twenty additional years.

He settled in Washington, D.C., where he married, raised four children, and worked on the Washington Post newspaper and in National Headquarters of the American Automobile Association (40,000,000 members!) until his retirement in 1991.

During his retirement, Don lived in Florida and at the age of 62, began writing his bestselling fantasy books until he passed away in 2008.

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