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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1990 Hardcover 1st Edition Fine in As New jacket 0803707584 Stated First Edition, with the full number line. No marks or damage from past owners, not ... a former library book, not a remainder or book club, not clipped, Hardcover. Aided only by a trained bear and a monkey, a magician and an acrobat challenge the power of the evil Red King who rules the Forest Lands by spreading the red fever to those who refuse to pay him tribute. All books shipped within 24 hours with U.S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satisfaction is guaranteed. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Red King rules the Forest Lands with an iron hand, unleashing a terrible plague when his subjects disobey him. Petie, a trickster, showman and thief, dreams of stealing the Red King's gold. Timkin, an acrobat and Petie's slave, dreams of destroying the Red King because he killed her parents. Kelleher's tale of Petie and Timkin's uneasy alliance and desperate quest is a violent, harrowing adventure story and a convoluted allegory of freedom and slavery. The Red King is filled with images of disease, deformity, destruction, bloodshed and senseless cruelty that may disturb some readers. While Petie and Timkin's experiences are highly suspenseful, the novel's allegorical aspects make Petie's behavior seem arbitrary and insufficiently motivated. Ages 11-up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- Timkin, a skilled female acrobat, belongs to a traveling troupe of entertainers enslaved to a kindly master. When they innocently perform in a village that does not pay tribute to the feared Red King, they suffer the villagers' punishment; soldiers unleash an infectious red mist, inflicting everyone with the fatal fever that has given the Red King his name. Timkin alone survives, awakening cured in the care of an enigmatic magician, Petie, whose companions are a monkey and a bear. He tells her of his plan to penetrate the Red King's stronghold and steal the ruler's legendary treasures. Approximately half of the book takes place within the King's gates. Timkin, Petie, and the animals' journey into the Earth is reminiscent of Bilbo and Gandalf's trip to claim the dragon's treasure in The Hobbit. They encounter monstrous creatures and endure terrible hardships, including Petie's infection with the red fever. Excitement and suspense are maintained throughout the story; readers will anxiously turn the pages, eager to discover the outcome. Timkin is a nicely developed, likable character, a brave young girl whose courage and goodness overcome her desires for revenge. Petie remains an unfathomable personality, perhaps symbolic of the good and evil impulses that lie within everyone. However, he shows love and compassion for his companions, and never claims to be other than a trickster and a thief, albeit a charming one. Fantasy lovers will find this to be an intriguing tale that provides not only high adventure but also some challenging food for thought about the nature of good and evil. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803707580
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/1990
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 11 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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