Rowan and the Travelers (Rowan of Rin Series #2)

Rowan and the Travelers (Rowan of Rin Series #2)

by Emily Rodda


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ISBN-13: 9780060560720
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2004
Series: Rowan of Rin Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 327,525
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers, which School Library journal dubbed "a lively adventure," and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.

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Chapter One

Good News, Bad News

"The Travelers are coming. The Travelers are coming!"

The news spread quickly through the village of Rin. The children shouted it in excitement, their voices ringing through the valley and echoing back from the great Mountain that rose above the town. They shouted it running, running madly down from the hills, past the bukshah fields and the orchard, beside the gardens, and all the way to the village square.

They had seen the three Forerunners flying over the hills, the silken kites to which they clung brilliant against the sky. They knew the carts, the horses, and the chattering, singing people were not far behind.

The Travelers were coming, bringing games and stories, dancing and music, wonderful things to trade. Soon their bright tents would spread, fluttering like huge butterflies, among the yellow slipdaisies on the hills above the village. At night their bonfires would brighten the darkness, and their music would ring through the valley. They would stay a week, or two, or three, and for the children every day would be like a holiday.

"The Travelers are coming!"

Standing by the bukshah pool, watching a butterfly struggle from its cocoon on the branch of a tree, the boy Rowan, keeper of the bukshah, heard the cry. But he had already guessed the news.

Long before the other children spied the Forerunners, he had seen the bukshah raise their heads and look across the valley, to the hills. The big animals were listening to something he could not hear.

"So the Travelers are coming?" he said to Star, his favorite of all the great beasts. "You heard their pipes before,didn't you?"

Star stood swaying, looking out to the hills.

"We did not expect to see them this year," Rowan went on, "but it is the season for them. The tadpoles in the stream are growing legs and changing into frogs. The caterpillars are becoming butterflies. And the slip-daisies are in bloom." He sniffled. "As well I know. The pollen makes my nose run."

Star rumbled deep in her throat and shifted her feet restlessly.

"What ails you, Star?" Rowan asked her, scratching her neck under the thick wool. "Be still. All is well."

He looked at Star in puzzlement. All the bukshah had been unsettled lately. And he could not understand why. He had checked them over very carefully. There was no sign of sickness. And yet for days they had seemed nervous and unhappy.

"All is well, Star," he said again.

But Star pawed the ground, pushed at his hand with her heavy head, and refused to be comforted.

"The Travelers are coming!"

Strong Jonn, working in the orchard, heard the cry with surprise, then smiled. The Travelers had come in Rin's direction only twelve months before. He had not expected them again so soon. But he welcomed them. For with the Travelers came their bees.

Soon the bees would be busy in the sweet white blossom of his hoopberry trees. Their hives would begin to overflow with rich, golden hoopberry honey for the Travelers to gather, to eat, and to sell.

But while the bees worked for the Travelers, they would be working for Jonn, too. Bumbling from flower to flower, they would spread the sticky yellow pollen, making sure that fruit would form when the flowers fell. Thanks to the Travelers' bees, Jonn would have a very good harvest in the autumn.

So Jonn was pleased when he heard the children's voices. But he knew others would not be so pleased. For others, the news would be bad.

"The Travelers are coming!"

Bronden the furniture maker heard the cry and frowned, drumming her stubby fingers on the smooth wood of the half-finished table under her hand.

"Slips," she grumbled, kicking her feet in the sawdust on the floor. "Time-wasting, idle, useless Slips!"

She ran her hand over her forehead. She was tired. Tired out. And this-this was the last straw.

The Travelers turned the settled life of the village upside down. They cared nothing for rules, or order, or hard work. They had no settled homes or proper jobs and wanted none. That was why she, and others who thought like her, called the Travelers Slips, after the wild slip-daisies on the hills. Slips made her uncomfortable. They made her angry.

"The Travelers are coming!"

In his little house Timon the teacher heard the cry and sighed over his books. While the Travelers were camping near, the Rin children would fidget and whisper under the Teaching Tree.

Their pockets would bulge with the toys and tricks they had begged or bought from the camp on the hill. Their mouths would be full of honey sweets and chews. Their heads would be buzzing with Travelers' tales and legends.

But still, thought Timon, leaning back in his chair and putting his hands behind his head, this visit might be a blessing. It has been a long, hard winter. The children have been tired and out of sorts lately. The Travelers will cheer them up.

He smiled. By my life, I loved Travelers' tales myself, as a boy, he thought. And if stories of the Valley of Gold, the Giants of Inspray, the Misty Crystal, the Pit of Unrin, and all the rest did not hurt me, then why should they hurt the children now?

Timon considered. Perhaps he could visit the Travelers' camp himself this year. Listen once again to the stories. And perhaps buy a handful of honey chews. It was a long time since he had tasted one of those.

Timon closed his eyes and chuckled sleepily to himself at the thought. His mouth was already watering.

"The Travelers are coming!"

Allun the baker heard the cry as he kneaded dough in his warm kitchen. "Do you hear that, Mother? My father's people are on their way," he called over his shoulder. "You had better stop all that talk of growing old and get your dancing shoes out."

Sara came slowly in from the shop, wiping her hands on her apron.

Rowan and the Travelers. Copyright © by Emily Rodda. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Rowan and the Travelers (Rowan of Rin Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rowan is warned that an old enemy of the people of Rin will surface, and the long-time allies of the people of Rin, the Travelers, are blamed when things go wrong. Things do not seem to be as simple as they appeared, however, and the travelers prove that they are not to blame. Rowan has to face the Pit of Unrin to discover the secret to the city of gold and save his people.
John963 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good fantasy novel that really gets you into the story. The sequence of events and the general story is really good and I enjoyed reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I¿m reviewing is Rowan and the Travelers by Emily Rodda. I think this book deserves five stars, because it puts pictures in your head and you can see the thing you¿re reading about really happening. This book is about a boy named Rowan and how he has to save the town of Rin before the evil curse takes over the whole town. Rowan and his friend Allun, the baker, have to go find the travelers and see what has happened. What will happen next? Are the travelers friends or foe? Is there really an evil power in the town of Rin? Figure out by reading Rowan and the Travelers! I¿d recommend this book to people who like action, adventure, and excitement. Other series written by this author are Deltora Quest, Deltora Shadowlands and, Dragons of Deltora and more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rowan may have survived the dangerous journey up the Mountain and become a hero to the people of Rin, but he's still timid and afraid. Yet his courage is about to be tested again. Soon after the Travelers, a wandering tribe, arrive in Rin, the villagers all fall prey to a mysterious sleeping sickness. Only Rowan and one other villager escape. At first they suspect the Travelers, but the tribe is just as puzzled as they are. They do agree to help, and along with a Traveler girl, Rowan sets out to find the cause of the sickness by solving a difficult riddle. Their journey takes them to a valley full of deadly perils. Rowan may be scared, but to save his family and his village, he will have to face his fears. Readers who enjoyed Rowan of Rin, the first book about Rowan, will love this sequel and look forward to the next two books in the series.