A String in the Harp

A String in the Harp

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by Nancy Bond
     
 

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In an ideal blend of absorbing fantasy and realistic fiction, A String in the Harp tells the story of 12-year-old Pete Morgan who, on a visit to Wales, finds a harp key that shows him scenes from the life of the ancient bard Taliesin. Set in both present-day and ancient Wales, this Newbery Honor title has become a contemporary classic.  See more details below

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In an ideal blend of absorbing fantasy and realistic fiction, A String in the Harp tells the story of 12-year-old Pete Morgan who, on a visit to Wales, finds a harp key that shows him scenes from the life of the ancient bard Taliesin. Set in both present-day and ancient Wales, this Newbery Honor title has become a contemporary classic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Readers will brook no interruption once they become immersed in the sustained magic" of this 1977 Newbery Honor Book about a boy who travels back in time to the 1500s, said PW. Ages 10-14. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
This 1977 Newberry Honor book has lost none of its magic and relates as strongly to today's audience as it did to children decades ago. The story of loss, grief, family, friendship, magic, and the nation of Wales connects, at times on a very visceral level, with readers. The book is reminiscent of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence, but with more emphasis placed on familial bonds with the magical plot line serving more as a tool for understanding the self and the family rather than functioning as the true focus of the story. This story would begin an excellent discussion on family, responsibility, and the history of Wales. This book is strongly recommended for readers ages 9—12; it will prove especially appealing to children interested in the fantasy genre, though it should be noted that that aspect of the story is a bit slow to start. Once the adventure has begun, however, readers will be enthralled by the tale and eager to find out what happens to the three American children metaphorically lost in Wales as they find danger, magic, and each other.
From the Publisher
"A most impressive first novel...deftly blends fantasy and realism."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"A substantial achievement"

Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416948278
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Edition description:
Includes Readers' Guide
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Bond is the author of a number of books for young readers, including The Voyage Begun, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; A Place to Come Back To, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editor's Choice; and Truth to Tell. She wrote after attending library school in a Welsh town outside of Aberstwyth, the book's setting. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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String in the Harp 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This book started out a little slow but then became more and more interesting. I like how it is about a family who isnt very close to one another but gets closer as the book goes on. The nook experience was great. A few miss spellings but overall was great. A great first read on the nook. I recommend it to ages 10- 50. Everyone will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed at the way fate and fiction seem to work together. I read this book many years ago - I loved the story as a child and it inspired me to read the Mabinogion and other Welsh tales. When I went to college, I had the chance to study in Wales...at the University of Aberystwyth...but it wasn't until v. recently that I realized that I'd been there before - in the pages of this book. Rediscovering the story now, after so many years, was a bit like the magic and fantasy of the story itself - I realize now why I felt so v. much at home in Aber.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Jen who goes to Wales to visit her family (dad, sister, and brother) for Christmas vacation. However, her sister and brother are miserable living without Jen so she decides to stay with them for a year. Peter, the brother, finds a mysterious and magical key on the beach of Wales and is enchanted by it, for it 'sings songs' to him and shows him Taliesin, a bard from the ancient Welsh myths. However this key gets known to the outer world and Peter has to decide whether he wants to keep it or do something else with it. I will not tell you what he did with the Key, or else that will spoil it. But in the next few sentences I will tell you what I thought about the book. This book was very good. It had a solid beginning, middle, and end like all books should have. I liked how Ms. Bond combined realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction to make this book. It felt like I was really with Jen, on the train going to Wales, or with Becky (the sister), walking up the emerald green hills. However, what I didn't like about this book was that it was kind of slow in action. Sometimes I became really bored when I was reading this book! I didn't understand why Peter did what he did to the Key at the end - it was very confusing! However, this book was good, and I recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Published in 1976, A String in the Harp tells the story of Jen, Peter, Becky, and David Morgan. The Morgan family has been separated by their mother¿s death and their father¿s decision to take a university teaching job in Wales, taking his two youngest children along. The book opens with Jen traveling to visit her family for the first time since the move. During her visit, her brother, Peter, finds a harp tuning key. This key, and the visions that it brings, will lead the family down an unexpected road in the months to come. This book is set in the same area, and to some extent concerned with the same mythology, as the last two books in Susan Cooper¿s The Dark is Rising Sequence. In its address of both family issues and Welsh mythology, A String in the Harp is an accurate and insightful work. Nancy Bond has painted the landscape of her tale with vibrant, true to life detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very fascinating and filled with facts. It was an enjoyment to finish it. I would totally recommend this book because following the story of the harp key was really interesting and kept the book alive.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is so interesting. I love how it brings realism and fantasy together. You really get caught up in the story. It's a great read for teenagers and young adults. It's the perfect book to read during the winter near a warm fire. It'll keep you intriqued for hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great whether you are 12 or 22! It really brings out the magic in everything, and is a great book for people interested in legends. I recommend it to young adults or adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very good book. It was suspenseful and exciting. I started reading it one evening and read through the night until I finished around 4am. It is not too high of a reading level and is was a lot of fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and full of insight into family life in a good, but not sacharine way. A mother dies and the rest of the family moves to Wales except for the daughter who is a senior in high shool. She had been left to finish school and get into a good US college. We first meet her as she travels to Wales to spend Christmas vacation with her father, sister, and teen brother. We share with her and the rest of them the strangness of a new land, the adjustment to a place that doesn't have a shop on every corner, the pain and reactions of her family members to the loss of their mother, and her brother's increasing involvement in a magical quest. Worth reading for the family relationships alone, but if you like magic and don't mind thinking a little, it is a great choice.
cameron-tyler-richards More than 1 year ago
The worst book I have ever read!!!!! I have read hundreds of books and this by far is the worst. I fell asleep while reading it once.