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Kiteman of Karanga

Alfred Reynolds

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ISBN 10: 039486347X / ISBN 13: 9780394863474
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985
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Title: Kiteman of Karanga

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Banished from his homeland for cowardice, Karl uses his kitewing glider to fly across the "endless" desert where he faces unkind odds against surviving, and ultimately reaches a new land which contains perils of its own.

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Grade 5-8 Banished from his homeland, Karl takes his kitewing hang glider to fly across the seemingly endless desert which borders Karanga. Haunted by the failure that branded him a coward, he doggedly makes his way across the desert to a new life in the mountain village of Eftah. There he learns the life of a shepherd. Unfortunately the conquering Hrithdon leaders have heard of the wonderful kitewing and decide to start a flying battalion with Karl as trainer. He and his new friend Rika, whom he has taught to fly, escape but must return to rescue the village headman who has been kidnapped in retaliation. The Hrithdon plan to conquer Karanga is revealed, and Karl decides to return to warn his people, even though his return means certain death. Karl's banishment is commuted on the condition that he lead the group sent to fight the enemy. Through his bravery and ingenuity, the Hrithdon are defeated, and the people of Eftah and Karanga are promised freedom. This is not really thought-provoking fantasy, but with its fierce battles and soaring flights, it is an exciting fantasy adventure that will appeal to young readers. Also, Karl's personal battle with cowardice is well handled. Good, solid fare which might foster a taste for the epic adventures of high fantasy or science fiction. Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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