The Ancient Realm

The Ancient Realm

by Sarah Leith Bahn


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A long time ago, Nature called for help from the human race. A decision was made, and The Ancient Realm was formed.

Entrusted with powers of Nature, the chosen Guardians live to serve, protect, and fight for Oceans that storm, Forests that whisper, and Mountains that glow in every brilliant sunset.

It's time to get lost in a tale that explores the amazing and terrifying powers of Nature.

I hope to inspire you to dream, to live, to fight . . . and to believe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468124019
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2011
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

An alternate to two Olympic Teams in the sport of Whitewater Slalom, author of The Ancient Realm, and fulltime Mama. Sarah loves strong winds, big waves, and sunshine! Visit for more information.

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Wyss Foundation

Sarah Leith Bahn's The Ancient Realm takes the reader on a magical adventure while addressing real environmental concerns. Much as the Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales to teach children about the darker facets of human nature, Bahn uses this imaginative story to educate young readers about environmental threats—and the importance of fighting against them.

The story begins in Nova Scotia, where 11 year-old Agnes Fordyce discovers that her strange new babysitter is a member of The Ancient Realm, a magical monarchy established to protect nature. Agnes accepts a position as its Bering Sea Princess, but quickly learns that being a princess is not all about castles and special powers. Like the creatures of Narnia under the reign of the White Witch, the members of The Ancient Realm live in fear of King Ector, a terrifying figure with icicles for teeth, who seeks to take nature's power for himself at any cost. Agnes agrees to face King Ector and stop his plan to destroy the world's seas, rivers, forests, and oceans.

Agnes' resourcefulness and courage grow throughout her quest, which takes her from Denali to the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean. Forced to acknowledge the destructive power of both nature and humankind, she grows to accept the Empress of Nature's explanation: "we could never fully appreciate the goodness of this world if we didn't have the example of darkness beside it." Agnes returns to her normal world with this knowledge, more confident and mature than when she left it.

Though it's ostensibly for children, The Ancient Realm's message about nature will resonate with all who appreciate it: "love it, respect it, and don't ever abuse it, and in turn, if you are ever in a time of great need, it will take care of you.
—Wyss Foundation (A Charitable Foundation Dedicated to Land Conservation in the Intermountain West)

Susie Weber

A bored girl and a misled boy are pitted against each other in a fearsome world of tempestuous waters, wicked cold, and cruel fires; nature's powers must be harnessed by a dogged eleven-year-old fisherman's daughter, Agnes, in order to unveil the spectacular beauty and hope that lives within both nature and humankind. Bahn's poetic and emphatic prose makes this imaginary and exciting epic a literary accomplishment.
—Susie Weber (English Teacher and Writer,

Victoria Hubler

Ms. Bahn's book is a fabulous, engaging story for young people and adults alike. Readers will revel in Agnes's courage as she discovers her own inner strength and battles to save the natural world. I will most definitely share this book with my class of third, fourth, and fifth graders and am looking forward to more from Ms. Bahn in the near future.
—Victoria Hubler (Oregon Public School Teacher, Corbett Schools)

Marie Brown

Sure to capture the imagination of grade and middle-school readers.
—Marie Brown (President and CEO of Brown Publishing Network)

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