Monday, July 23, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

by D. A. Nelson

Flap Copy Description:
It's a magical world, if you know where to look...

For ten-year-old Morag, that magical world is no farther than the cellar of her cruel foster parents' home. That's where she's shocked to meet Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo bird.
Morag jumps at the chance to escape a life of drudgery and join them on their quest to save their homeland from an evil warlock named Devlish, who is intent on destroying it. But first, Bertie and Aldiss need to stop bickering long enough to free the only guide who know where to find Devlish: Shona, a dragon who's been turned to stone. Together, these four friends begin their journey to a mysterious island beyond the horizon, where danger and glory await - along with clues to the disappearance of Morag's parents, whose destiny seems somehow linked to her own.

My Thoughts:
While browsing through the children's section of our community library, I came upon this delightful book. The author, D.A. Nelson, hails from Scotland; her descriptions of the countryside, development of quirky anthropomorphic animal characters, and gift of storytelling are all another reminder of the continuing legacy of awesome authors coming out of the United Kingdom. I am a big fan of talking animal characters, so Ms. Nelson's book was a treat for me to read! I would highly recommend DarkIsle to readers from the ages of 8 -10.

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  1. Anything with dragons is good ;-)

  2. This sounds delightful. And I have to agree with Brandi--anything with dragons is good :)