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Lord Of The Dance

Judy Allen

8 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

An ancient stone circle at the heart of a spell-binding blend of contemporary reality and fantasy from an award-winning writer.

The label on the bottle reads 'There be a witch in here. Let her out and there be a peck of trouble'. But Mike is always trying to emulate his impulsive sister or his responsible brother. Then his friend Lee swears he sees something fly out of the bottle, and Mike decides to open it again. Out flows an extraordinary tableau - a Fire King astride a stallion, and a beautiful woman in a bower of flowers - the archetypesof Yin and Yang in terrible conflict.

Mike, seeing that he can tip the balance, throws his lot in with the king. When things go wrong in the real world, Mike returns to his vision, to find that the Fire King has wreaked havoc. He changes his allegiance to the Lady - and sinks into a deep depression. Slowly he learns that the answer lies not in choosing the power of fire or of water, Yin or Yang, his sister's or brother's way - but in the eternal dance between them.

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Praise for Lord Of The Dance

  • a good story that holds the reader to the end - More Books to Enjoy 12-16, SLA 2000

  • another imaginative tale by this award-winning children's author - Belfast Telegraph, 1st April 2000

  • THE BURNING: 'The insidiousness of evil is beautifully handled in Allen's exploration of jealousy and revenge.' - Janni Howker in TES

  • The writing style is exceptional ... Highly recommended, school libraries should add THE BURNING to their collection and explore other titles by this gifted author. - Beth Ashworth, Teacher Librarian, Fiction Focus

  • LORD OF THE DANCE: 'An intriguing and well written psychological novel.' - The Northern Echo

  • THE BURNING: 'The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured, which adds up to an exciting, imaginative tale . . . ' - BfK

  • LORD OF THE DANCE: 'This is a fascinating book which will not remain long on the shelves but should certainly be available for young teenage readers.' - The School Librarian

  • THE SPRING ON THE MOUNTAIN: 'Unusual ... with moments of real beauty.' - Junior Bookshelf

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Judy Allen

Judy Allen's Awaiting Developments won the Whitbread Award, the Friends of the Earth Earthworm Award, and was commended for the Carnegie Medal. Author of more than 30 books for children published to critical acclaim - and frequently reaching prize short-lists - she also writes for radio; 5 plays for BBC Radio 4, dramatisations of The Secret Garden, Tom's Midnight Garden, and Philippa Pearce for BBC Radio. Her award-winning adult fiction December Flower was televised by Granada in 1985, adapted for BBC Radio and televised in US.

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