|The Book Without Words: a Fable of Medieval Magic
The Book Without Words is a volume of blank parchment pages. Or so it might seem. But for a green-eyed reader filled with great desire, it may reveal the dark magic of Northumbria, including the forgotten arts of making gold and achieving immortality. For generations its magic has been protected from those who would exploit it. But on a terrible day of death and destruction, The Book Without Words falls into the hands of a desperate boy.
Behind the Book
Avi writes: I had been reading something about alchemists, those who practiced early science along with magic. They worked during the Middle Ages. The two primary goals of alchemy was to make gold, and to find a way to live forever. In my reading, I came upon the title of a book that some alchemists claimed to use. It was called The Book Without Words, a book of magic, which only (of course) alchemists could read. To all others it looked like a blank book. Thinking of this book led me to the story that became The Book Without Words.
Awards and Honors
Children’s Book-of-the-Month selection
“ … will surely keep readers turning pages. Odo’s cleverness and cynicism make him a likable character, while Sybil’s innate goodness will endear her to readers. Clearly this is a story with a message, a true fable. Thoughtful readers will devour its absorbing plot and humorous elements, and learn a useful truth along the way.” (School Library Journal)
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