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Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith
     

Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith

by Wendy D. Walter
 
A three headed dog, a vicious flower bud and a walking house. They swirl around the top of Ambril's Ashera and bedevil her in life.

Just what do they have to do with the mystery of her father's death? Ambril struggles to answer this question when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born and accidentally uncovers secrets about her father which

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A three headed dog, a vicious flower bud and a walking house. They swirl around the top of Ambril's Ashera and bedevil her in life.

Just what do they have to do with the mystery of her father's death? Ambril struggles to answer this question when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born and accidentally uncovers secrets about her father which threaten to destroy her entire family.

In this, the first book of Ambril's Tale, Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. Along the way, she also manages to learn a little about the magic that will become her destiny.

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Kirkus Reviews
Normal teenagers are thrust into a world of magic in this heartfelt, occasionally hair-raising story for the Harry Potter set. Walter's debut novel, the first in a planned series, is a competent if familiar new addition to the plethora of fantasy novels for middle-grade readers and young adults. After 14-year-old Ambril's first night being chased by monsters through a forest in the Pacific Northwest--and then meeting a wisecracking cast of talking inanimate objects--she protests: "There must be some mistake. Because I'm really just an ordinary kid." She was an ordinary kid until the day she and her family moved from San Francisco back to their ancestral home, the remote magical village of Trelawnyd. In the shuffle of the move, Ambril discovers an enchanted puzzle box, called an Ashera, that contains a mysterious medallion, setting her off on an episodic quest to uncover the secrets of the objects, the town and her father's death years before. While she's busy adjusting to a life of magic, Ambril also faces the challenges of any kid moving to a new place--bullies, mean teachers and making new friends. Not that Ambril isn't used to it: In the first chapter, her mother asks, "How many times is this, Sweetie?" Walter's adult characters, like Ambril's mother and sinister soon-to-be stepfather, tend to be unlikable caricatures, but Ambril is funny and appealing, as are her grouchy brother and two sidekicks, an unpopular girl with a "New Family" (not of magical heritage) and a Scottish transplant who doesn't fit in, either. Though there's nothing groundbreaking in Walter's particular vision of a world where monsters prowl the woods and plants have personalities, it still offers plenty of suspense and dangerous near-misses as Ambril investigates who in town has been conjuring the demonic Dullaiths. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers craving the next installment. Bound to satisfy young readers hungry for tales of magic, adventure and friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985714710
Publisher:
Angry Bicycle
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Wendy D. Walter has sketched and written stories about magic since she was a kid. When she set out to tell Ambril's Tale, she decided not to write a story but to write a world...so much more fun that way. She considers the first in the series, Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith, as just the curly tip of the fairy boot.

Wendy lives in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughters, cat and ball-obsessed border collie. She is often to be found at her favorite coffee shop writing furiously or literally in her closet laboriously editing, editing, editing...
The illustrations are pencil sketches. But contrary to some of her character's opinions, Wendy has no trouble with technology and loves to mesh her paper sketches with her digital artwork.

For more information, try ambrils-tale.com and wendydwalter.com

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