The Ancient One

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Berkley Publishing Group, Dec 1, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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When Kate travels to Blade, Oregon, for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie's cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. For thousands of years, no humans have entered the fog-filled crater - except possibly the Halami people, who lived in the region centuries ago before vanishing without a trace. Long a source of deep mystery, the crater is now a source of conflict, pitting those who see it as the dying mill town's last hope against those who see it as a rare sanctuary that should be protected. Caught up in this struggle, Kate follows an old Halami trail into the crater, and suddenly is thrown back in time five hundred years. Accompanied by the trickster Kandeldandel, the loyal Laioni, and the young logger Jody, she meets strange and enigmatic creatures, none more frightening than the volcanic Gashra, bent on destroying everything he cannot control. To defeat him, Kate must find the answer to an ancient riddle - and the courage to make the most difficult choice of her life.

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User Review  - shabacus - LibraryThing

T.A. Barron’s The Ancient One is a paint-by-numbers young adult fantasy, which browbeats the reader with environmentalist themes without leavening the experience with engaging characters or ... Read full review

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Such a magical and wonderful book. I think anyone who likes magical mysteries should read this. Read full review

Contents

The Brown Envelope
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Fennel Seeds and Scottish Roots
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Visitors
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Copyright

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T.A. Barron is the award-winning author of fantasy novels such as The Lost Years of Merlin epic—soon to be a major motion picture. He serves on a variety of environmental and educational boards including The Nature Conservancy and The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, and is the founder of a national award for heroic children. Following a life-changing decision to leave a successful business career to write full-time in 1990, Barron has written seventeen books, but is happiest when on the mountain trails with his wife, Currie, and their five children.

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