The Wind on the Moon

The Wind on the Moon

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by Eric Linklater
     
 

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In the English village of Midmeddlecum, Major Palfrey asks his two daughters to behave themselves while he is off at war. Sighing, Dinah says, “I think that we are quite likely to be bad, however hard we try not to be,” and her sister, Dorinda, adds helpfully, “Very often, when we think we are behaving well, some grown-up

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In the English village of Midmeddlecum, Major Palfrey asks his two daughters to behave themselves while he is off at war. Sighing, Dinah says, “I think that we are quite likely to be bad, however hard we try not to be,” and her sister, Dorinda, adds helpfully, “Very often, when we think we are behaving well, some grown-up person says we are really quite bad. It’s difficult to tell which is which.” Sure enough, the mischievous sisters soon convince a judge that minds must be changed as often as socks, stage an escape from the local zoo (thanks to a witch’s potion that turns them into kangaroos), and—in the company of a golden puma and silver falcon—set off to rescue their father from the tyrant of Bombardy. A tale of hilarity and great adventure, The Wind on the Moon is also a work of high seriousness; after all, “life without freedom,” as the valiant puma makes clear, “is a poor, poor thing.”

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“Eric Linklater’s The Wind on the Moon . . . winner of the Carnegie Award, is a wildly inventive fantasy that just begs to be read aloud.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“A wildly eccentric adventure of two sisters who set out on a complicated mission to rescue their father from prison in an enemy country. With a motley crew of characters, including not only the obligatory governess but also a splendid dancing master, this is a gloriously unpredictable tale of escalating bad behavior, magical transformations, slapstick humor, sophisticated satire and, throughout, a war-time preoccupation with food, involving irresistibly detailed lists.” —The Guardian

“Hand it to your youngest and he will undoubtedly be highly entertained by the saga of Dinah and Dorinda and their misdeeds; give it to your best friend and he will be entertained by the delicate satire on every page.” —The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780862411312
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Series:
Kelpie Ser.
Pages:
302
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Linklater (1899–1974) wrote scores of novels for adults and children. He also was a journalist in India, commander of a wartime fortress in the Orkney Islands, and rector of Aberdeen University.

Nicolas Bentley (1907–1978) drew the pictures for the first edition of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

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Wind on the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about two children, Dinah and Dorinda. There is a wind on the moon, and Dinah and Dorinda's father warns them that if they are mischevious the wind will seep into their hearts, and they will be naughty for a long time. They don't listen to him and are drawn into a world of adventure. They even get stuck at the zoo. This book is very silly and humorous, although at some parts it is quite serious. So, if you like silly bizar books you should read Wind on the Moon.