A Wizard Named Nell

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In the magical world of Eldearth, Witches and Wizards live side by side with Humans, Weefolk, though elusive, are abundant, and Dragons and Unicorns still walk the land. But the present Imperial Wizard, Keeper of the Light that protects Eldearth, is aging and ill. If a new apprentice is not found soon, Eldearth may succumb to the evil powers of the dark Lord Graieconn. There is a long tradition in Eldearth that the keeper must be a Wizard, and only boys can ...

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A Courageous Choice
In the magical world of Eldearth, Witches and Wizards live side by side with Humans, Weefolk, though elusive, are abundant, and Dragons and Unicorns still walk the land. But the present Imperial Wizard, Keeper of the Light that protects Eldearth, is aging and ill. If a new apprentice is not found soon, Eldearth may succumb to the evil powers of the dark Lord Graieconn. There is a long tradition in Eldearth that the keeper must be a Wizard, and only boys can be Wizards, but so far, all the boys who have attempted the difficult quest to become Apprentice Keeper have failed. Time is running out.
Princess Arenelle, a promising young Witch, has just reached eleven, the age of Magic, and wishes to undertake the quest. Her father, King Einar, forbids it, fearing for her safety and claiming that her heart is too soft. Against the King's wishes, Nell sets out into the unknown with her pet demidragon, Minna. Aided by Folk she meets along the way and an albino Dragon that she rescues from near death, Nell battles the fearsome forces of nature, Evil, and ignorance that are amassed against her. It will require all of her strength, cunning, and courage to defeat them. Does Nell have what it takes to become the next Apprentice Keeper?

Kicking off an exciting new trilogy, this title introduces the magical world of Eldearth, where witches and wizards live side by side with humans. Princess Arenelle, a promising young witch, decides to undertake the quest to become an Apprentice Keeper of the Light.

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Princess Nell wants nothing more than to become the new Imperial Wizard. She thinks that she fulfills the guidelines set down by a prophesy save one: she isn't a boy. Still, no other boys have finished the quest to reach the Imperial Wizard. When Nell is supposed to be sent to Witch's school, she finds a peasant boy, Owen, to impersonate her at school and allow Nell to set off for the Imperial Wizard. During her journey, she rescues a captive dragon and helps fairy folk find their way to a better life. Once she finds the Imperial Wizard, getting past the traps is only the beginning. Koller's fantasy may be a bit thin and cutesy at times, but the characters are engaging. At times Nell seems a little too powerful as a feminist heroine, especially when contrasted with the uneducated, bumbling Owen. However, powerful female characters are always welcome in the male-dominated fantasy world. While the fantasy and plot are cookie-cutter at some points (it doesn't get much more stereotypical than the princess/dragon/wizard triumvirate), the story is certainly entertaining. 2003, Aladdin, Ages 8 to 12.
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Gr 4-6-Eldearth is a land in need of a new Imperial Wizard. The forces of evil are rapidly encroaching, and the Keeper of the Light is growing too old and weak to hold them off. Princess Arenelle has shown unusual gifts in the magical arts and would dearly love to embark on the quest to identify a new apprentice wizard, but, because she is a girl, the best she can hope for is to study at the Academy of Witchcraft. But Nell is clever as well as talented, and finds an unsuspecting substitute-a poor boy named Owen-to masquerade in her place at the Academy, while she secretly undertakes the journey. Along the way, she learns more than she expects about the trials of the common folk of Eldearth, proving her courage and kind heart several times over. This is a fast-moving and easy-to-read choice for fantasy fans. Witches, wizards, and humans coexist in Eldearth, although the magical folk have a higher status and better standard of living. There are vanishrouds and speaking stars reminiscent of Harry Potter's magical devices, but the general populace lives in a preindustrial culture. Nell is a steadfast and admirable heroine while Owen has depth and interest and becomes more than just a stand-in. Both girls and boys will identify with the engaging protagonists. This is the first book in a forthcoming trilogy, so it isn't too surprising when it ends with Nell only just about to gain permission to become apprentice Wizard. Readers will eagerly await the sequels.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419331862
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Series: The Keepers Series , #1
  • Format: Cassette

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    The best book I read in years!!!

    This book is off the hook! I got this from a friend and even though I love dragon books I though this would be a boring book but once I started reading it I could not stop. It had a lot of detail and it felt like I was really in the book!I think all youngsters should read this book and the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    What a Book!!!!

    Wow!! This book is great!! I'm always a sucker for books with wizards, witches, and magic in them. There my favorite kind. I got so caught up in this book that my fingers were glued to it. It felt like I was in the book with the character watching all this happen. I never wanted to stop!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    A Truly Enchanting Story That You Won't Forget

    This book was amazing. It captured my imagination and I couldn't stop reading. It's so descriptive, and it makes you want to know what happens next. I would reccomend this book to anyone; no matter what age. This story makes you want to saver every word until the end. Although I'm already 14, and I don't enjoy reading dragon stories much, this book is the one to spend your time reading on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    the best series ever

    i love this book. it is soooooo good. i like how it's not just witches and wizards but humans, too. i think everyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    An Awesome book that you WON'T want to put down!

    I recieved this book as a Christmas gift and didn't read it for a while thinking it would be just another typical Dragon story or something. But then I started to read it and discovered I was wrong. It was so good I read it in a day! I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the other Keeper books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    An Enchanting Book

    This book was great it shows that just because you are a girl does not mean that you can't do anything. In this book Nell a young witch goes on a magical journy.

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