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RETURN OF THE GOLDEN AGE (The Fisherman's Son Trilogy)

Author: Marilyn Peake

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Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: Our hero Wiley travels with six boys to reveal the secrets of their heritage. They are of a charmed race that now lives in a poverty stricken village. It will not be easy. This is the third book in the author's trilogy.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Age of Child: na - This reviewer did not read with a child.

Young Reader Reaction: None provided by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: We see eels and turtles and even talking porpoises and whales. Still she somehow creates them as real, breathing animals; they maintain the personalities we, as humans, sense they have and though the colors and shapes of the fish swimming by seem dreamlike, anyone who has snorkeled will know them intimately.

Pros: Marilyn's Peake's language is up to the task of creating fantasy from our real world. Young readers are the beneficiaries of the author's ingenious description of undersea life.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This trilogy's mantra is indeed fitting: "Drink deeply by land or sea. Earth comes only once."

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE JOURNEY (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book Two)   THE EDGE CHRONICLES #3: MIDNIGHT OVER SANCTAPHRAX   GALAHAD 1: THE COMET'S CURSE

Educational Themes: Young readers come to love the music of language, the images it creates and its ability to enchant.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal fantasy, adventure, middle grade series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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