Annal: 1998 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Results of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in the year 1998.

Book:The Young Merlin Trilogy

The Young Merlin Trilogy

Jane Yolen

This is the legendary story of Merlin—from his abandonment by his parents at the age of eight to the discovery of his powers at twelve. Together, these three novels reimagine the origins of the greatest wizard of all time, giving readers a Merlin at once more human and more magical than any that has appeared before.

Book:The Boggart and the Monster

The Boggart and the Monster

Susan Cooper

When the Scottish owner of Castle Keep died, the ancient castle went to his Canadian great-nephew, Robert Volnik. There was no way the Volniks could keep the castle, so it was sold to an Edinburgh lawyer, Mr. Maconochie. Two years later, Emily Volnik and her younger brohter Jessup return to the castle for a visit. To their delight, the Boggart, a mischievous shape-shifting spirit who has lived in the castle for centures, playing tricks on the owners, is still there, making Mr. Mac coubt his won sanity as strange things happen.

At Jessup’s urging, Mr. Mac takes them and Tommy Cameron, a local friend, on a comping trip to Loch Ness, Where a new expedition with advanced underwater equipment is planning another search for the Loch Ness Monster. The boggart comes along, and, on thier first night there, he is entranced to rediscover Nessie, a boggart cousin who has long forgotten how to change shape and…[more]

Book:A Dark Horn Blowing

A Dark Horn Blowing

Dahlov Ipcar

Summoned one night by the strangely compelling call of a horn, Nora is magically stolen away from her husband and baby and transported to the realm of Erland. The wicked Erl King has kidnapped her as a nursemaid and nanny for his newborn, Prince Elver. When the Prince can walk on his own, the King says, Nora will be free to go.

But before the Prince takes his first steps, the Queen dies and the Kind begins to look to Nora as more than a nursemaid. For a King must have a queen. Nora’s only hope it seems, lies in the hands of little Prince Elver, who will sacrifice everything—even the use of his legs—to stop his nanny from leaving.

Book:Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter

Robin McKinley

“It is the heart of this place, and it is dying,” says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast’s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken.

Twenty years ago Robin McKinley enthralled readers with the power of Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist retells the story of Beauty and the Beast again—but in a totally new way, with fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight. In Rose Daughter she has written her finest and most deeply felt work, a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.

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