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Rowan of Rin

by Emily Rodda

Published by U.S. edition: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2001
151 pages
ISBN: 0-06-029707-7

Ages 8 - 11

When the stream flowing from the Mountain dries up without warning, the villagers of Rin are desperate to discover why their vital water source has failed. A trip up the Mountain to search for the blockage is the obvious course of action. Quiet Rowan is a loner, considered capable only of caring for the bukshah herd, so the villagers question his inclusion in the group that seeks the cause of the stream's failure. However, as the other members drop out of the climb, Rowan discovers that his own hidden strengths carry him through. Rowan rises to the aid of his fellow villagers again, in Rowan and the Travelers (0-06-029775-1). As his neighbors fall into a mysterious sleep, from which they cannot be awakened, Rowan is compelled to locate an antidote to their slumber. In his search for answers, he journeys to the treacherous Pit of Unrin, accompanied by the unreliable nomadic Travelers. Confronted by danger and uncertainty, Rowan must rely on his intelligence and determination to save the villagers from their relentless sleep. Rowan is an unpretentious and likable hero in these classic fantasy quests, which are readily accessible to young readers. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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