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The Last of the High Kings

The Last of the High Kings

Fall 2008 Fiction
Ages: 12 - 15 yrs.
Author: Kate Thompson
ISBN: 978-0-06-117595-4
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
Jenny is not like other children -- she is forgetful, loses track of time, and prefers wandering into the fields and woods barefoot to going to school. She can also see and talk to the ghost of a boy who has been guarding a pile of rocks for over 3,000 years, and a Púka (an Irish spirit) disguised as a white goat. The boy tells her one story, while the Púka tells her another -- which one is being truthful, or is the truth somewhere in between? Jenny's father traveled to the fairy world of T'ir na n'Og when he was younger, and helped to repair the leak of time from the human world into the timeless fairy world. Not only is Jenny the key to completing a deal her father made, she's challenged to save the human world from destruction. Will her choice save the world or doom it to darkness? In this fantasy tale filled with surprises, each character's choices and viewpoints are important.
Karen Ball   ©2008 Parents' Choice


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