Illyrian Adventure (Vesper Holly Series)

Illyrian Adventure (Vesper Holly Series)

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by Lloyd Alexander
     
 

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It's 1872, and adventurous Vesper Holly and her guardian set out for the tiny country of Illyria, on a quest for its legendary treasure and army of magical warriors. But once Vesper and Brinnie arrive, they are plunged into a fierce struggle between rebel forces-and they soon learn that someone is out to kill the two of them. If anyone can triumph over those kind of…  See more details below

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It's 1872, and adventurous Vesper Holly and her guardian set out for the tiny country of Illyria, on a quest for its legendary treasure and army of magical warriors. But once Vesper and Brinnie arrive, they are plunged into a fierce struggle between rebel forces-and they soon learn that someone is out to kill the two of them. If anyone can triumph over those kind of odds, it's Vesper!

"A story that moves at breakneck speed and is filled with delicious details...Alexander is to be commended for his elegant writing, astute characterizations, and his presentation of an intelligent heroine."- Booklist, starred review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this new novel, Alexander adds another delightful adventure to his many popular and award-winning books. (His Prydain Cycle was adapted for the recent Disney movie, The Black Cauldron.) This time, the intrepid protagonist is 16-year-old Vesper Holly. She's a precocious orphan from Philadelphia who sets out to prove her scholarly father's theories about the national legend of Illyria, a small Adriatic nation. It is 1872 and Illyria's ethnic conflict is brewing into a revolution. Vesper is caught up in the intrigue, and proves a shrewd and valiant ally. She reconciles the king and the rebel leader, thereby preventing a war, and in the bargain finds the historical evidence she seeks. The appealing characters and the nice blend of challengesintellectual and moral as well as physical are matched by lively storytelling. (1014)
Children's Literature
This first in a series of five historical adventures introduces readers to sixteen-year-old Vesper Holly, the intrepid daughter of the late archeologist and adventurer, Dr. Benjamin Rittenhouse Holly. The year is 1872. Dr. Holly was killed while on an investigatory mission, and Vesper plans to complete his work. To do that, she teams up with his old friend, Professor Brinton Garrett. Vesper is everything a classic adventurer in the style of Indiana Jones and Amanda Peabody should be—fearless, cool under pressure, jovial, smart and stylish. Professor Garrett, known as Brinnie to Vesper, is not. He is the perfect counterpoint¾naïve, reluctant and ready to quit at a moment's notice. But together they set out to finish Vesper's late father's work. They encounter intrigue, political corruption, ancient feuds, valuable artifacts, mythology, bands of rebel fighters, royalty and a little bit of romance. The story is just right for fans of historical fiction, adventure, Lloyd Alexander or just a good yarn. But, the story is all Vesper's. She is the star and the main attraction. Mr. Alexander introduces her to readers by saying that she has, "the digestive talents of a goat and the mind of a chess master." Who could resist? 2000 (orig. 1986), Puffin Books/Penguin Group, $5.99. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9 Vesper Holly at 16 is an intrepid heroine too candid for 19th-Century comfort and more than a match for the villains she meets in this charming fantasy adventure. Whisking her staid guardian Brinnie off to Illyriaa tiny kingdom on the Adriaticto investigate one of her late father's theories, she involves them both in a search for treasure, an attempted revolution and a conspiracy to murder Illyria's King Osman. With the help of the rebel leader Vartan and in spite of Brinnie's habit of trusting the villains, Vesper solves an ancient puzzle and shows rebels and proud King how to make peace. A touch of romance adds the finishing touch. Narrated by loyal, rather naive Brinnie, the story moves briskly from one crisis to another until the final, quite satisfying resolution. The language holds hints of 19th-Century expression without being overdone, and the contrast between Brinnie's formal habits of speech and Vesper's directness adds humor. Each character is sketched briefly but clearly, and the relationship between guardian and ward is developed nicely throughout their adventures, each showing a growing regard for the other. Young readers may find it hard to relate to middle-aged Brinnie's voice, but none will complain of lack of action. Sara Miller, White Plains Public Library, N.Y.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141303130
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Vesper Holly Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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