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A humorous fantasy tale set in ancient Britain. Iscium, an isolated Roman town in the west of Britain, is cut off from the collapsing Empire. Most of the town senators and officials are primarily concerned with keeping a low profile with the neighboring barbarians, and renovating the city baths. But when young Falx runs away and finds a lost barbarian girl, things begin to happen. The children are brought back by a one-eyed merchant who returns them to an Iscium quivering with the possibility of a barbarian invasion. The mysterious merchant has a plan--involving two talking ravens and The Hallelujah Chorus--and life is never quite the same again, for either the Romans or their invaders. A zany mix of history, humor, and the miraculous-in the satisfying tradition of Don Camillo.
Roman Britain 400s Ages 14-up, RL5.8
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Ann Lawrence (1942-1987)
Ann Lawrence, one of Britain s exceptional storytellers in the later part of this century, was born in 1942. She graduated from college with a B.S. with honors in English. She worked as a cook and a teacher until 1971 when she married Alan Smith. Her first book was published in 1972. This work, entitled Tom Ass is an enjoyable fantasy about a boy who gets turned into a donkey by a fairy woman. Ann Lawrence wrote fifteen more novels and short story collections until her untimely death in 1987.
In Twentieth Century Children s Writers, Miss Lawrence comments on her writing: I write stories which amuse me and which I hope may amuse other people . . . these are ideas which interest me, and may interest someone else, rather than didactic pills hiding inside a coating of fiction. A reader, on finishing Between the Forest and the Hills, can see why she says: I am concerned beyond anything with the extraordinariness of the ordinary (and following from that, with the baffling matter-o -factness of marvels once they have actually happened) and with the powerful, magical clarity of any particular present moment, as soon as one becomes conscious of its unique presentness, even though nothing much may be happening because that is the moment when anything could happen.
Ann Lawrence s greatest gifts are her sense of humor and the ability to insert her own original freshness into well-used plots. Non-British readers now have their opportunity to enjoy one of her funniest and most enjoyable books in this first American edition of Between the Forest and the Hills.
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