Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. She claims to have a husband and children, but again, no one is really sure. She is currently translating and compiling the third of the recently-discovered lost journals, "The Dragon's Lair, "when she is not attempting to break the world's record for longest braid of dental floss.
Gr 5-9-In this addition to the series, Ven and his friends go on a quest to escape the Thief Queen and stop a dragon from destroying Nain settlements. Amariel, a merrow (or mermaid) who once saved Ven's life, reluctantly agrees to join in the quest. This decision proves dangerous when Ven loses her cap and must race against time to find it before Amariel turns human forever. Though not a stand-alone, the book has a richly drawn fantasy world, distinct characterizations, and a fast pace that will inspire readers to check out The Floating Island (2006) and The Thief Queen's Daughter (2007, both Tor). Peppered with energetic sketches and excerpts from Ven's journals, this unique book will appeal to a broad range of readers.-Kim Ventrella, Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City, OK Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "The Floating Island: " A Book Sense Children's Pick for Autumn 2006 "In her first book for young people, Haydon, a popular author of numerous fantasies for older readers, uses journal entries interspersed throughout a fast-paced narrative help bring Ven to life. Her world-building is as successful as her characters . A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience." --"Booklist," Starred review "This completely delightful children's fantasy will charm kids and adults alike with its account of adventure, secrets and loyalty among friends. Fast-paced and populated with wonderful characters, this new series is sure to please readers looking for something different to read."--"Romantic Times BookClub Magazine," Top Pick "Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling."--"Publishers Weekly""