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Lord Huldbrand falls in love and marries Undine, a mysterious, beautiful, wild maiden, but he soon wonders how much he knows about her when a faceless demon begins stalking them in the woods and then their castle. Reprint.
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MARY POPE OSBORNE's books include the best-selling Magic Tree House series, with more than thirty titles; NEW YORK'S BRAVEST, a picture book dedicated to New York City firefighters; and MERMAID TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. She says, "When I was researching my mermaid book, I came across the German fairy tale ‘Undine.' The story was so strange and compelling, I decided it deserved a book all its own. HAUNTED WATERS was originally published twelve years ago, but when Candlewick Press announced it was planning to reissue it, I felt compelled to glance at the text again. Huldbrand and Undine's story basically stayed the same, but I began to feel they wanted it told in a slightly different way."Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
I ran after Undine. But when I came to the main hall, a servant told me she had left the palace. I grabbed my sword and ran outside. Shouting her name, I made a frantic search of the castle yard. When my watchman reported seeing a figure in a white gown running through the meadow, I grabbed my horse and galloped away from my castle.
Charging toward the meadow, I saw no sign of Undine. Bats were flapping in the twilight. A black cloud hovered overhead. A mighty storm seemed to be gathering, as thunder rolled in the distance.
I abandoned my horse at the edge of the cedar woods and headed down the path toward the river. The wind was bending the trees and whistling malevolently. As I came close to the water, I saw a figure lying on the bank: Undine. Her white gown spread about her, she looked like a gull with broken wings.
Her face was hidden as I ran toward her. I reached out to touch her, and suddenly the phantom's screech split the twilight and I found myself reaching for nothing at all. Undine had evaporated into the air! I fell back in horror. Then I started scrambling through the woods, back the way I'd come. I ran like a madman, slipping, crawling, clawing my way through the marsh reeds. My mind reeled with terror - was Undine now a demon? Had the monster taken her shape?
As I came out of the woods into the meadow, the sky broke open. A blinding rain began to fall. As a flash of lightning lit the field, I saw the figure in white again lying near the trees.
I approached Undine's body with dread. Then I went down on my knees and touched her. She did not move; she was unconscious. Her face was scratched, her dress torn and muddied. But I felt great relief - this time it truly was her, not a ghost.
I scooped her up from the ground and tried to stand with her against the windy rain. I stumbled toward my horse, but I could not get near him. He whinnied and stamped the ground, as if a host of spirits were attacking him.
I lay Undine down, then sank beside her. Black night had fallen. The wind blew hard through the meadow as the cold rain battered us.
Then came a deep rumbling noise. It grew louder and louder. I held Undine tightly and waited for this new horror to reveal itself.
HAUNTED WATERS by Mary Pope Osborne. Copyright © 2006 by Mary Pope Osborne. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
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Book Description Candlewick, 1996. Condition: New. Angela Barrett (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1564025888