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The White Horse Talisman
By author: Andrea Spalding
Selling Points: "Fantasy, series"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2010
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 8-12
Price:  $3.99
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It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day. Whoooooooosh! A flash of light streaked the sky. A shooting star touched a strange carving on the hillside and a magical horse shook itself free of the chalk and rose to its feet. It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day of the seventh month. The only person watching was Chantel. No matter. It was enough. The summer of magic could begin.

In The White Horse Talisman, Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen must help Equus, the great white horse, find his mate and foal and regain his magical talisman. But as the horse rises, so does the dragon. The age-old battle between good and evil threatens the bond between Chantel and Adam and endangers the quest.

This is fantasy as its best, a story that raises hairs on the back of the neck and sends satisfying chills up and down the spine, a story that, while clearly drawn from the rich world of make believe, feels truer than true.

The White Horse Talisman is the first of four books in The Summer of Magic Quartet.
Book two is Dance of the Stones.
Book three is Heart of the Hill.
Book four is Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak.
Resource Links - September 2, 2002
"A fine story, sure to hold a young reader's attention."
The Alan Review - September 1, 2002
"Will have children of all ages dreaming of magic, enchantment, and adventure."
Booklist - April 15, 2002
"The story, steeped in appealing Celtic lore and actual places, is inventive, well paced, and bursting with action that is just right for middle-graders who love classic battles between good and evil."
CM Magazine - March 15, 2002
"Has a charming, almost fairytale-like quality to it that will delight readers."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2003
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2002
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee, long-listed  CA  2003
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
SYRCA Diamond Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2004



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