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Nix, Garth
New York : HarperTrophy, 1995
ISBN 0060273224

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

When the wind blows from the Old Kingdom, electricity has a tendency to fail and watches are known to run backwards.  This is the land where Sabriel was born - a land where the dead walk freely and magic is a language everyone understands.  Her father's job is to put those dead creatures permanently to rest.  But when a creature linked to the Old Kingdom breaches the Great Wall to bring Sabriel her father's magic bells she knows something must be very wrong.   Joined along the way by a talking white cat and a young man who can't remember his past, Sabriel travels deep into the dangers of the Old Kingdom intent on saving her father from his unknown fate.  However, like so many other things in the Old Kingdom, all is not as it seems and before her quest is done Sabriel will find herself battling against an ancient darkness intent on destroying not only her world, but her very existence.  (Miranda J. Hawkins,

Booktalk #2

Sabriel's father works in the Old Kingdom where the dead walk.  When his magic bells and sword are sent to Sabriel, she knows something's wrong.  Now she must travel deep into the dangers of the old Kingdom to save her father from death or much worse.  To find out what happens to Sabriel and her father, read SABRIEL by Garth Nix.  (Brittany C., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire)


SUBJECTS:     Magic -- Fiction
                        Good and evil -- Fiction


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