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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After Jonathan is blamed for the blight that is destroying the Valley's precious orchards, he escapes to the Red Mountains to find out if he is a Dalraida--one of the mountain people who have magnificent horses and mystical powers.
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Everyone in the Valley has brown eyes--except 13-year-old Jonathon. Ugly rumors about Jonathon's beautiful red-haired mother are surfacing among the self-righteous Valley folk, as are whispers about her son. He's beginning to worry that he's a "loony-blue," one of the blue-eyed, red-headed Dalriada--the much-feared mountain people who have magnificent horses, mystical powers, and horns growing out of their foreheads. After his mother's sudden death, the whispers grow to angry threats, and Jonathon escapes the Valley and goes in search of his heritage, his manhood, and his true love. In the mountains he experiences a mystical rite of passage that takes him to the Dalriada encampments, through caves echoing with his own spirit voices, to the very top of the world. From the mountain peak he carries back one of the legendary Firegold apples--a gift that brings reconciliation with his father and his rightful home among the Valley people.
Fantasy lovers will enjoy the vivid images and original ideas of this shimmering tale, with layers of philosophy about bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and true identity adding emotional depth. This complex, imaginative first novel bodes well for future titles by Dia Calhoun. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty CampbellAbout the Author:
Dia Calhoun spent years training to be a dancer before turning her hand to design and then to writing. Firegold was her first book, followed by Aria of the Sea. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.
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