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Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo Book 1

Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo Book 1

Spring 2008 Audio Book
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
ISBN: 0739349074
CD Price: $45.00
A young orphan boy, oddly named Rossamund Bookchild, is forced to leave Madam Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls when a stranger recruits him into the service of the Half-Continent, the setting of author D.M. Cornish's gothic alternative universe. Rossamund is to become a lamplighter, one who helps keep the monster-plagued roads of the empire safe. Before the boy can take up this nomadic career, however, he is waylaid by evil sailors. He escapes, only to become the involuntary servant of a beautiful, dangerous monster hunter. The world Rossamund finds himself in is dark, perilous and mysterious-but the biggest mystery may lie in Rossamund himself. This is the first book in Cornish's epic adventure and what a remarkable feat of tale-spinning it is, well matched by actor Humphrey Bower's nuanced narration.
Lynne Heffley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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