Graven images: 3 stories

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Harper & Row, Sep 1, 1982 - Juvenile Fiction - 85 pages
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Paul Fleischman spins three engrossing stories about the unexpected ways an artist's creations reveal truths - tales whose intriguing plots and many moods will entertain readers and inspire future writers. Can wood, copper, or marble communicate? They can if they are the graven images in Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman's trio of eerie, beguiling short stories. If you whisper a secret into a wooden statue's ear, will anyone find out? Can a wobbly weathervane bearing the image of Saint Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, steer a love-struck apprentice toward the girl of his dreams? And if a ghost hires a sculptor to carve a likeness of him holding a drink to a baby's lips, what ghastly crime might lie behind his request? And, in a brand-new afterword, the acclaimed storyteller reveals how he found his own author's voice. "From the Hardcover edition."

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From the author of The Half-a-Moon Inn; three polished tales set in the past and told with dexterous application of old genre techniques. The first makes a cracking little whodunit of a reclusive old ... Read full review

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stories: The Binnacle Boy / Saint Crispin's Follower / The Man of Influence Here are three very different stories with two common threads: one is an element of the supernatural (whether real or ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father--children's author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets--"I Am Phoenix", "Joyful Noise" (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and "Big Talk". His novels built from monologues include "Bull Run", a 16-character account of the Civil War's first battle, and "Seedfolks"--the chronicle of the first year of a Cleveland community garden. His interest in theater inspired his young adult novels "Mind's Eye, Seek", and "Breakout", all of which revolve around the spoken word. His historical fiction includes "Saturnalia" and "The Borning Room". He's written nonfiction and picture books as well, including "Time Train", "Weslandia", and "Sidewalk Circus".
Alongside the Newbery Medal, he's won a Newbery Honor Book, the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the PEN West Literary Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and most recently was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award. He makes his home in the village of Aromas, California.

Andrew Glass is the author-illustrator of Folks Call Me Appleseed John, The Sweetwater Run, and Bad Guys.

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