The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley

by Alan Garner, Greg Call
     
 

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Neither Susan nor her brother, Colin, ever thought that war would be waged over a simple gemstone in her bracelet. But that's what happens when the children visit Alderley Edge, a spooky place in a remote part of England. There, they meet the wizard Cadellin, who needs the stone to rouse his allies in the never-ending battle between good and evil. But

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Neither Susan nor her brother, Colin, ever thought that war would be waged over a simple gemstone in her bracelet. But that's what happens when the children visit Alderley Edge, a spooky place in a remote part of England. There, they meet the wizard Cadellin, who needs the stone to rouse his allies in the never-ending battle between good and evil. But when the stone vanishes, Susan and Colin must find it before the forces of evil use it to destroy all the goodness that ever existed in the world.
    
Includes an afterword by the author.
 

Editorial Reviews

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"Marvelously exciting . . . the story is ferocious and deeply felt."—New Statesman

 

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Garner spins a good yarn, with wizards, good and evil, dwarves, dragons, an amulet, and a quest. But this one was originally written in 1968, and the style is somewhat dated. The children are too naive for their ages, the action is a little slow, and the solutions to various problems are predictable. Mid-grade kids might enjoy it. 1960 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Alan Garner's novel (CollinsVoyager, pap. 2002), first published in 1960, is a classic multilayered British fantasy with dwarves, elves, wizards, goblins, and a shape-shifter. Listeners may be challenged by the many complex names, places, and creatures that make up the story, which has its basis in Celtic and Norse mythology. The protagonists, Susan and Collin, go to Alderley Edge in Cheshire to stay with their mother's former nurse while their parents are abroad. They immediately set out to explore the countryside and set magical events in motion. In the forest, they stumble upon the great wizard who watches over 140 sleeping knights and their horses who are awaiting the time when it will be necessary for them to save the world from evil. Susan realizes that a stone in her bracelet is the famous Firefrost, whose powerful magic safeguards the knights. When her moonstone is stolen, an adventure-laden quest ensues to recapture the stone from the forces of evil. The story is continued in a sequel, The Moon of Gomrath. Philip Madoc reads with a strong, deep voice, effecting the right mood for the menacing events that unfold. The haunting musical interludes between chapters add to the suspense. A good purchase for libraries with comprehensive fantasy audiobook collections. Fans of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will enjoy this title.-Jo-Ann Carhart, East Islip Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152056360
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

ALAN GARNER is the award-winning author of Elidor, The Owl Service, and The Stone Book Quartet. He lives in Cheshire, England.

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