When Prince Jen volunteers to search for the legendary court of T?ien-kuo, a mysterious old man chooses six gifts for him to bear in homage: a saddle, a sword, a paint box, a bowl, a kite, and a flute. Puzzled by the gifts but full of high spirits and pride, Jen sets off?but stumbles almost immediately into a series of misfortunes. Only with the help of his faithful servant, Mafoo, and valiant flute-girl, Voyaging Moon, and only after a breathtakingly exciting string of adventures can Jen discover the real meaning of the gifts and face his true destiny. . . .
“Whether writing realism or fantasy, my concern is the same: how we learn to be genuine human beings.”—Lloyd AlexanderLloyd Alexander has received a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, a National Book Award, and several IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Awards. He… More about Lloyd Alexander
Paperback | $6.99
Published by Puffin Books Nov 18, 2004| 288 Pages| 5-1/16 x 7-3/4| Middle Grade (8-12)| ISBN 9780142402252
Enthralling . . . It is not often that a book can tell a breathtaking story, offer useful lessons on life, and paint a lively cultural backdrop. Alexander has done all that, and more. (Booklist, starred review)
Parents’ Choice AwardWINNER
School Library Journal Best Book of the YearWINNER