Taran Wanderer

The Chronicles of Prydain (Volume 4)

Lloyd Alexander

Henry Holt and Co.

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Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series to a new generation of young readers. Jackets have been handsomely redesigned while retaining the original art of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Evaline Ness. Each retypeset volume now includes a pronunciation guide prepared by Lloyd Alexander. A companion book of short stories, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, is also available in hardcover for the first time in twenty years.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.

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Taran Wanderer
CHAPTER ONEWho Am I?It was full springtime, with promise of the richest summer the farm had ever seen. The orchard was white with fragrant blossoms; the newly planted fields lay light as green mist. Yet the sights and scents gave Taran little joy. To him, Caer Dallben was empty. Though he helped Coll with the weeding and cultivating, and tended the white pig, Hen Wen, with as much care as ever, he went about his tasks distractedly. One thought alone was in his mind."Now, my boy," Coll said good-naturedly, as they finished the morning's milking, "I've seen you restless as a wolf

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"There is no paucity of daring forays, wicked enchanters, tiny people, desperate fights, et cetera; there is in fact all of the color and adventure one expects in the land of fantasy." --Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
 
"Through fantasy, that struggle for self-knowledge becomes clear."
--School Library Journal
 
"Alexander's books remain my sentimental favorites.... And "Taran Wanderer" is the volume that thrilled me the most."
--Greg Pak, NewsARama.com

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Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children’s fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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Taran Wanderer
Lloyd Alexander

e-Book Agency

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429961998
ISBN10: 1429961996
Middle-Grade Fiction240 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$4.98

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805061345
ISBN10: 0805061347
Middle-Grade Fiction
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$24.99

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Square Fish
May 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805080513
ISBN10: 0805080511
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches, 256 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$6.99
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