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THE SASKIAD.

Hall, Brian.

ISBN 10: 039582754X / ISBN 13: 9780395827543
Published by HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN. BOSTON 1997, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. SIGNED & dated in year of publication by the author on the title page. Fine in dj. (Tiny soil spot on bottom edge) Well reviewed SECOND novel.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 12082

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Title: THE SASKIAD.

Publisher: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN. BOSTON 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Twelve years old and steeped in story, the ferociously bright Saskia is growing up in, and largely holding together, a rundown commune in rural New York. The guru is long gone, the psychedelic paint job on the battered pickup has been covered over, her mother's current boyfriend is an embarrassment, and the only news Saskia gets from the father she can't remember is an occasional postcard from far away. A voracious reader, Saskia injects fantasy into real life with a transforming energy. She feasts at Odysseus's side and helps steer his ship homeward under the brilliant stars. Marco Polo shares trading tips with her as they travel together across desert wastes to the rich, strange towns of Cathay. In school, she is making a sextant as a birthday present for Captain Horatio Hornblower, who loves her but is too shy and awkward to admit it. Saskia tries to draw the younger children of the commune into her imaginary world, but she needs a partner, a comrade-in-arms, and she finds one in a

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Magical, wondrous, breathtaking ... I want the whole world to read this epic coming-of-age tale! Saskia is one of the quirkiest, most loveable and carefully drawn characters I've ever met. She milks cows, reads Homer, and lives on an old farm that used to be a commune. Abandoned by her father and neglected by her oovy-groovy mother, Saskia survives her loneliness by diving deep into imaginary worlds populated by explorers and adventurers. And then ... after a postcard arrives from her missing father, the adventure starts to become very real. Though originally published for an adult audience, Brian Hall's masterpiece explores so authentically the mind and heart of a blossoming young woman, it should be read by sensitive, intelligent teenagers everywhere.

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