A String in the Harp

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 370 pages
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A family in mourning...an ancient bard...a harp key that brings them together...

When fifteen-year-old Jen Morgan flies to Wales to spend Christmas with her family, she's not expecting much from the holiday. A year after her mother's sudden death, her father seems preoccupied by the teaching job that has brought him and Jen's younger siblings to Wales for the year. Her brother, Peter, is alternately hostile and sullen, and her sister, Becky, misses Jen terribly.

Then Peter tells Jen he's found a strange artifact, a harp key that shows him pictures from the life of Taliesin, the great bard whose life in sixth-century Wales has been immortalized in legend. At first Jen doesn't believe him, but when the key's existence -- and its strange properties -- become known to the wider world, the Morgans must act together against a threat to the key...and to their family.

 

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User Review  - Eurekas - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book, but then I am an English major, taught English, have a minor in history and am an Anglophile. As a book for children I think British children would have have an easier go of it ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I loved this book and found myself bitterly regretting not having read it when I was 12. It is the perfect book for the 12-year-old me, but it was also pretty great for the 44-year-old me. Bond weaves ... Read full review

Contents

BORTH
13
Taliesin
24
Storm and Flood
47
To Llechwedd Melyn
80
A Not So Very Merry Christmas
95
Beside the Dovey
112
A Harp Key
134
Jen Argues
156
Cardiff
214
Wolf
232
A Birthday Expedition
254
Dinner Party 276
261
A Homecoming
295
Cannwyl Corph
315
Giving It Back
346
Family Decision
353

The Battle of Cors Fochno
168
Dr Rhys
188
Roast Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
211
Authors Note
369
An Aladdin Reading Group Guide to A String in the Harp
371
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About the author (2007)

Nancy Bond is the author of a number of books for young readers, including "The Voyage Begun, " a "Boston Globe"-Horn Book Award Honor Book; "A Place to Come Back To, " an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editor's Choice; and "Truth to Tell." She wrote after attending library school in a Welsh town outside of Aberstwyth, the book's setting. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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