Twice, on the last day of her childhood, Moralin sees death coming straight at her. The first time, in the fighting yard, she saves herself. But the second time, outside the city walls . . .
Moralin is captured by the Arkera, age-old enemies of her people. They dress in rough clothes and use a language Moralin can't understand. Why have they kidnapped her? Why are they taking her with them into the heart of the red forest, where the fire-breathing skulkuk lives? And if Moralin can escape, can she survive the skulkuk and the other perils of the wilderness?
Moralin is about to face death again. She is also about to uncover secrets -- secrets about the Arkera, her own people, and herself.
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Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but moved to Ethiopia when she was two years old and lived there for most of her childhood. She visited Boise, Idaho, for one year when she was seven, and she spent one year in Pasadena, California, when she was thirteen.
As an adult, she has spent time in several African countries but lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she teaches part time in the English department at the University of North Dakota. She says, "My whole life has been shaped by that feeling of never being able to go home again. Luckily for me, my writing can transport me anyplace in the world."
Jane Kurtz is the author of both picture books and novels, and her titles include The Storyteller's Beads and Faraway Home.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9-Kurtz has created an elaborate fantasy world filled with danger, beauty, and conflict. The story's underlying adventure focuses on Moralin, who has been secretly trained in the art of combat by her grandfather, Old Tamlin. Moralin is one of the highborn Delagua people who live securely in a walled city. Her need for friendship makes her join three other girls on a forbidden journey beyond the city walls on the eve of their entry into temple service, a transition into womanhood. This decision catapults her into life-threatening adventures. Once outside the safety of the city walls, the girls are captured by the Arkera, the enemies of the Delagua. Kurtz spins an intricate yarn with one danger leading to another. Old Tamlin's wise teachings bolster Moralin's courage as she pretends to cooperate while planning her escape. She forms an alliance with Figt, a girl charged with watching over her, and the two eventually become true friends, willing to risk their lives for one another. Philosophical underpinnings show the selfish goals of each society without regard to the world as a whole. As Moralin's spiritual guardian, Cora Linga, has said in a dream, "humans hardly ever get it right." Though often confusing and with emphasis on plot over rich character development, this intriguing story with its strong heroine will appeal to fantasy fans.
Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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