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San Souci, Robert D.
THE TWINS AND THE BIRD OF DARKNESS : A HERO TALE FROM THE CARIBBEAN
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 0689833431
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A seven-headed bird is making life miserable for the inhabitants of Guadeloupe, and the only way the king can save the island is to sacrifice his beautiful daughter, Marie. Of course, he refuses. But, Marie, anxious to end the misery of her people, secretly goes to where the Bird of Darkness broods. Immediately, she is snatched up in itís mighty claws and carried off. The king promises half his kingdom and his riches as well as his daughterís hand in marriage to anyone who will return Marie to him. It is Soliday, the goodhearted, brave twin who vows to save Marie with the help of his evil, lazy brother. But Salacota betrays him and leaves Soliday to die. Be prepared for shivers down your spine as you read this story to discover if Salacota the evil succeeds.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)
SUBJECTS:     Twins -- Folklore.
                        Heroes -- Folklore.
                        Folklore -- Caribbean Area.

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