Alan Garner was born in Cheshire on 17th October 1934, and his childhood was spent in Alderley Edge, where his family has lived for more than four hundred years. He was awarded the OBE in 2001, for his services to literature.
Four British siblings are transported from the streets of Manchester to an epic adventure in a magical kingdom; in PW's words, "This fantasy brims with classic components of the genre." Ages 12-up. (May) r Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"A beautiful work of poetic imagination, it deserves to become a
classic of fantasy."
"Each detail, ordinary or sinister, establishes atmosphere,
background or character exactly. Elidor is a remarkable book:
intelligent, rich and terrifying."
Gr 5-8‘Alan Garner's book (Philomel, 1965) comes alive in this production. The four Watson children explore an abandoned street in post-World War II England. When they go inside a ruined church, they are transported to another land--Elidor. Roland, the youngest boy, meets Malebron, a once powerful man, who begs the children for help. An ancient prophecy tells of their coming and saving Elidor and its treasures. Malebron sends the children back to their world to safeguard the treasures. Roland leads the children on their fateful and often dangerous quest. Full of requisite fantasy elements, this story regales listeners with tales of singing unicorns, dark and evil forces, far-off castles, and the heroic adventures of a young boy. Reader Garard Green (of BBC fame) has a clear, strong voice suitable for this tale. Since the story is heavy on dialogue, he only changes voices slightly. His British accent is easy to understand. The story moves along at a fast pace, with elements of adventure and fantasy at every corner. This fantasy could make new fans of the genre, and should entertain those already familiar with this type of tale.‘Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Washington Co., OR