Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Hollow Kingdom

Claire B. Dunkle
Henry Holt and Company 2006

Recently orphaned Kate discovers that the hideous Goblin King has decided to kidnap her and take her to his underground kingdom as his bride. Can she evade him long enough to escape the Goblin lands? Will her great-aunts and her indifferent guardian believe her preposterous story? Can one girl stand against a whole kingdom of strange and magical creatures determined to have her as their queen?

In "The Hollow Kingdom," Clare Dunkle takes elements of folklore and weaves them together into a tale of surprising twists and wonderful invention. The evil in this book is truly evil, and doesn't always come from the direction one might expect.

This is another book I wish had been in print when I was in high school. It is just the sort of thing I wanted to read but couldn't find.

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