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Mary Stewart(1916-2014)
Mary Stewart was a UK author who taught English Literature at Durham University in the 1940s. Besides the Merlin series, she wrote crime thrillers, gothic novels, and romances and is considered a founder of the romantic suspense genre. Some of her novels have been adapted for film. Here is an appreciation for Marty Stewart written by author Jo Walton.

A Walk in Wolf Wood: A top-notch novel for young readers

A Walk in Wolf Wood by Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart is best known for her Merlin-themed books (including The Crystal Cave), which are geared toward slightly older readers, but A Walk in Wolf Wood, (along with The Little Broomstick and Ludo and the Star Horse) are wonderful books to make accessible to younger readers. Told in clear, descriptive prose, with plenty of adventure and mystery, plus a few nuggets of wisdom, Stewart's novels are a great addition to any child's library.

John and Margaret Begbie are enjoying a holiday picnic when they are distracted by the sight of a distraught, weeping man rushing into the forest. Even odder, the man appears to be dressed in clothing from another era: a tunic and hose, cloak and knife, and a beautiful gold medallion. Compelled to follow him, the children creep into the forest till they reac... Read More

More books by Mary Stewart

Merlin — (1970-1983) Publisher: Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man’s-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon… and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Mary Stewart Merlin 1. The Crystal Cave 2. The Hollow Hills 3. The Last Enchantment 4. The Wicked DayMary Stewart Merlin 1. The Crystal Cave 2. The Hollow Hills 3. The Last Enchantment 4. The Wicked DayMary Stewart Merlin 1. The Crystal Cave 2. The Hollow Hills 3. The Last Enchantment 4. The Wicked DayMary Stewart Merlin 1. The Crystal Cave 2. The Hollow Hills 3. The Last Enchantment 4. The Wicked Day

Stand-alone novels:

book review Mary Stewart The Little BroomstickThe Little Broomstick — (1971) Ages 9-12. Publisher: It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where: ‘All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.’ Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation — deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured. Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechook, and her colleague, Doctor Dee, have seen her. Mary manages to flee… but the evil pair are in hot pursuit!

book review Mary Stewart Ludo and the Star HorseLudo and the Star Horse — (1974) Ages 9-12. Publisher: One night when Ludo is home alone, his family’s only horse, Renti, escapes from the stable. Overcome with guilt and fear, Ludo follows Renti out in to the snow, and before long the pair find themselves in the House of the Archer, a gateway to the Zodiac. Here, the Archer tells Ludo that Renti is a Star Horse, and has chosen to return to his own kind. Ludo, says the Archer, may keep faith with Renti and accompany him, or, if he prefers, return home. Ludo decides that he must repay Renti’s years of loyal service, and so the pair set off on a journey through the houses of the zodiac, or ‘Star Countries’. They must pass through all twelve before catching the sun – but Ludo soon realises that many of the house rulers are less than hospitable. Dismissed by the imperious goat, chased by the crab, taunted by the bloodthirsty twins… theirs is a perilous and unpredictable journey…