Molly does not like her domestic chores and so advertises for a job. This leads her to a magical tryst beyond her home and a world of dangerous witchcraft. The musician, Icarus, is her only ally. Readership level: 11+ years.
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Fifteen-year-old Molly, who lives in a turbulent, single-parent household, is asked by mysterious, otherworldly visitors to protect an enchanted child from great danger.From School Library Journal:
An engaging blend of fantasy and reality from an author to watch. Molly sees herself as plain, clumsy, and overwhelmingly ordinary; yet she sometimes feels a "special singing in her bones." Sensing something extraordinary, she catches fleeting images of another world in her dreams but cannot focus fully on them. She is charged with protecting Floris, a little boy from a medieval-type realm geographically located in Molly's own village, but existing in another dimension of time and space. Dalton's story, however, is firmly rooted in reality. The first chapter establishes threads that run throughout the rest of the book, making the magical ingredients believable as a part of the larger narrative. Molly and Floris are well drawn, as are the minor characters who effectively fill in the details of Molly's life. Many elements combine to create the story's richness. On one level, Molly is a normal teenager who feels out of step with her classmates and confused about her growing affection for a young street musician. Floris' world is first introduced through an ancient ballad, which describes a beautiful, harmonious land destroyed by a tragedy that is echoed through the generations. The climactic battle to save Floris is reminiscent of L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, 1962), when love proves to be the ultimate weapon against curses and hate. The only minor quibble with the book is that the fantasy sequences, which go on for several pages, are printed in italics, which is tough to read and may discourage some readers who would otherwise have no difficulty with the text. --Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, County of Henrico Public Library--Fairfield Area Library, Richmond, VA
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60214244