The Silver Crown

The Silver Crown

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by Robert C. O'Brien
     
 

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Ellen awakens one morning with a mysterious silver crown on the pillow beside her. What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen ever find her family? Can she use the power of the silver… See more details below

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Ellen awakens one morning with a mysterious silver crown on the pillow beside her. What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen ever find her family? Can she use the power of the silver crown to thwart the powers of darkness? What diabolical force hides inside the mysterious castle in the woods?

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Children's Literature
It was Ellen's tenth birthday. "She had known all along that she was a queen, and now the crown proved it." Then, inexplicably, her home burns to the ground and Ellen, with an unusual boy named Otto, begins a compelling journey to outwit the evil forces that need her magic crown. Originally published in 1968, Ellen's adventure is reminiscent of Frodo and his magic ring in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Reading it in 2001 summons up more immediate visions of darkness. Ellen's dangerous path leads to the remnants of a cult that once corrupted the teachings of an ancient religion and "lived apart, often in caves, and studied strange and mysterious things that had nothing to do with religion," evoking striking similarities to present-day terrorism. Murderous men are training an army of mind-controlled children to demolish a population. They take "Kill-The-Cop Courses," arson lessons and crafts classes that produce knives, bombs and guns. Violence, and the terrorist theme, may disturb some readers. Others, however, will discover a well-crafted, timeless fantasy that might even help them deal with "modern" evil while they savor a page-turning adventure that shares plot similarities with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. 2001 (orig. 1968), Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, $17.00. Ages 9 to 13. Reviewer:Betty Hicks

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ISBN-13:
9780689841118
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Fantasy Series
Edition description:
1 ALADDIN
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
622,798
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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