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Haunting, captivating, and beautifully rendered, Water explores the magical creatures that inhabit the sea. Some are as almost-familiar as mermaids; others are as strange as the thing glimpsed only as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of Damar's Great Desert Kalarsham. And then there is the unknowable, immense Kraken who lives beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean—a shadowy being who one day will rise and rule the world...

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Haunting, captivating, and beautifully rendered, Water explores the magical creatures that inhabit the sea. Some are as almost-familiar as mermaids; others are as strange as the thing glimpsed only as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of Damar's Great Desert Kalarsham. And then there is the unknowable, immense Kraken who lives beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean—a shadowy being who one day will rise and rule the world...

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Using a lyrical writing style that reflects its subject matter, two leading fantasy writers provide six short stories (three by each author) about water's magic. They speak of mermaids, sea serpents, elemental water horses, deep-sea spirits, and time travel. Several stories feature YA protagonists who overcome immense odds. McKinley's tales tend to favor a feminist perspective and independence. Dickinson seems to focus on contrasting perspectives about mutual events. These stories each have a message, but it isn't delivered dogmatically. If anything, the tales have a fairytale tone. Perhaps because of their length, the tales are not complex and profound, but they are pleasant to read. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Berkley, Ace, 266p., Farmer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441010561
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

In 1927, Peter Dickinson was born in Africa, within earshot of Victoria Falls. When he was seven, his family moved to England, where he graduated from Eton and later Cambridge. After working on the editorial staff of the humor magazine Punch for seventeen years, Peter finally started on his career as a writer, which he knew he was meant for since he was five years old.

His first book was published in 1968, and since then he has written almost fifty novels, for adults and young readers. His children's books have won great acclaim here as well as in Great Britain, where he has received both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

Peter lives in Hampshire, England, with his wife, Newbery Medalist Robin McKinley.

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