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Heart of the Hill
By author: Andrea Spalding
Selling Points: "King Arthur, magic, independence"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 8-12
Price:  $7.95
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Moonbeam by moonbeam the Tor drank in the magic, until its crystal heart beat strong and the forgotten edges of the ancient Labyrinth that climbed its slopes glowed.

Still the moonlight poured down. The Tor drank till it could drink no more. Three large, white, oval stones on its flanks shone with an inner radiance. Two stones marked the entrance to the forgotten spiral path. The third gleamed like an eye, high on the Tor's flank at the path's goal.

In Volume Three of The Summer of Magic Quartet, Adam's turn to lead the adventure has arrived. The Wise One, Myrddin, needs Adam to retrieve his staff from the Crystal Cave deep inside Glastonbury Tor. The quest grows more dangerous, however, and fear rises. Equus and Ava are far away, the Lady will not wake, and Myrddin is in human guise, unable to use magic without alerting the Dark Being. The four children are on their own. And as the Dark Being approaches, the children discover that danger can find them even in their dreams.

Award-winning author Andrea Spalding has written many popular books for children, but the first three volumes of her Summer of Magic Quartet are among her most exciting. The White Horse Talisman (Book One) was nominated for the Silver Birch, Hackmatack and Manitoba Readers' Choice Awards. Dance of the Stones (Book Two) was also a Silver Birch nominee. In Heart of the Hill, Andrea raises the adventure to another level altogether in preparation for the final volume of the quartet, to follow next year.
Heart of the Hill is the third of four books in The Summer of Magic Quartet.
Book one is The White Horse Talisman
Book two is Dance of the Stones
Book four is Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006

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