Elidor by Alan Garner
There are those who consider Alan Garner, an intriguing figure who was so sickly as a child he was twice legally declared dead, to be Great Britain's master fantasist. I am not among them. Elidor, his best-known book, does have quite a lot to admire, even if it does fall far short of other acknowledged young-adult "plucky kids transported to a magical land" classics — to wit, C.S. Lewis's Narnia series and Susan Cooper's magnificent The Dark Is Rising sequence (let alone Oz). Elidor Read More
Alan Garner(1934- )
Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books. His fourth book, The Owl Service won The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal — and was made into a serial by Granada Television.
The Stone Book — (1976-1978) Ages 9-12. An omnibus edition is available. Publisher: His daughter’s request for a book prompts a stonemason to reveal the secret of the stone to her.
Elidor by Alan Garner
Alderley — (1960-2012) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Neither Susan nor her brother, Colin, ever thought that war would be waged over a simple gemstone in her bracelet. But that’s what happens when the children visit Alderley Edge, a spooky place in a remote part of England. There, they meet the wizard Cadellin, who needs the stone to rouse his allies in the never-ending battle between good and evil. But when the stone vanishes, Susan and Colin must find it before the forces of evil use it to destroy all the goodness that ever existed in the world.
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The Owl Service — (1967) Young Adult. Publisher: Something is scratching around in the attic above Alison’s room. Yet the only thing up there is a stack of grimy old plates. Alison and her stepbrother, Roger, discover that the flowery patterns on the plates, when traced onto paper, can be fitted together to create owls — owls that disappear when no one is watching. With each vanished owl, strange events begin to happen. As the kids uncover the mystery of the owl service, they become trapped within a local legend, playing out roles in a tragic love story that has repeated itself for generations… and has always ended in disaster.
Red Shift — (1973) Publisher: Lives which appear to be lived in different historical periods are bound together by a power that is outside space and time.
The Lad of the Gad — (1980) The Literary Review: In “The Lad of the Gad”, Alan Garner has reworked five stories from the Gaelic layers of British folktale. Folk and fairy tales have not always been relegated to children, and older readers will appreciate Garner’s ability to give these stories a new vitality for our time. “Mr Garner’s renderings are alive, vigorous and occasionally poetic, singing of sea and islands and the wide wild spaces of north and west! He has brought us five fine tales and had told them so that they fall well on the ear, hold the attention and stir the imagination.
Thursbitch — (2003) For adults. Publisher: In this visionary fable, John Turner’s death in the 18th century leaves an emotional charge for Ian and Sal in the 20th, which deeply affects their relationship, challenging the perceptions they have of themselves and each other.
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