Results of the National Book Award in the year 1971.
When fourth fiddler Sebastian loses his place in the Baron’s orchestra, he has to leave the only home he knows—which turns out to be the least of his troubles. He rescues a stray cat from a group of tormentors, who then smash his precious violin; and the troubled young boy he tries to help turns out to be the Crown Princess, on the run from an arranged marriage. Sebastian, Princess Isabel, and Presto the cat soon find themselves fleeing stuffy officials, hired assassins, furious guardsmen and sentries—and, in their journey, find out what is truly important in life.
The action and humor never stop in Lloyd Alexander’s classic novel, written on the heels of his famed Prydain Chronicles.