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A tale of how Ambrosi challenges the call of a shaman to be his apprentice and how the repercussions of his defiance culminates in a thrilling journey to the Gate of the Ghost World.
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Grade 4-6-- Life is a sequence of choices and consequences. In Ghost Drum (Farrar, 1987) , a slave woman choses to give up her baby daughter to a shaman so that the child could live free. In this companion novel, a young father, faced with the same choice, refuses to give up his new born son. The offended shaman, Kuzma, the only character to carry over from the first book, vows revenge, and so a tragic sequence of events is set into motion. Kuzma's anger is directed not only at Malyuta and his son, Ambrosi, but also at a nomadic tribe who follow the reindeer. This tribe is visited by Kuzma, and although they welcome him and treat him with respect, he curses them and changes them all into werewolves. To break the spell and save the tribe, one of them must serve Kuzma, and help him to steal Ambrosi away from his fiercely protective father. Like the previous book, this one has the feel and flavor of old folktales, specifically those from northern Europe. There is a purity and a beauty to the language; every word, every phrase, is perfectly placed, like an exquisite ice sculpture. This is a must for libraries that own Ghost Drum , and even for those that don't. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, TX
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR006534553
Book Description Faber and Faber, London, 1992. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Dust jacket unclipped, now in clear protective sleeve, a little loss to corners. Original cloth with bright white titling to spine. Slight damage to top front corner. No ownership marks. Some yellowing to page edges. 148 pages clean and tight. In a Nordic land, a child is born and named Ambrosi. With black hair and white skin, he grows to be a storyteller and a hunter. But Ambrosi is no ordinary child and his stories no ordinary tales, for a shaman wants him as an apprentice. The author's book "The Ghost Drum" won a Carnegie Medal. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 133238
Book Description Faber & Faber: London, 1992. Hardcover. First edition (& 1st printing).. Juvenile fantasy/ghost novel: second book in the Ghost World series (sequel to The Ghost Drum: 1986). Uncommon UK hardcover. Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new). Seller Inventory # 24150