The Whispering Mountain

Joan Aiken

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Winner of the Guardian Prize for Fiction

In the small town of Pennygaff, where Owen has been sent to live after his mother’s death, a legendary golden harp has been found. Knowing of the prophesy of the Harp of Teirtu, Owen must prevent the magic harp from falling into the evil clutches of its reputed owner, the sinister and diabolical Lord Mayln. But it won’t be easy. Owen and his friend Arabis are plunged into a hair-raising adventure of intrigue, kidnapping, exotic underground worlds, savage beasts...even murder.

For only too late will Owen learn that Lord Mayln will stop at nothing to have the golden harp.

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The Whispering Mountain
1On a sharp autumn evening a boy stood waiting inside the high stone pillars which flanked the gateway of the Jones Academy for the Sons of Gentlemen and Respectable Tradesmen in the small town of Pennygaff.School had finished for the day some time since, and all the other scholars had gladly streamed away into the windy dusk, but still the boy hesitated, shivering with cold and indecision. Once or twice he edged close against one of the soot-blackened pillars, so that his form was almost invisible, and, leaning forward, peered out through the close-set iron railings.

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Praise for The Whispering Mountain

“An enchanting, original story.” —The Times of London

“Wild, bold, imaginative...the story is funny, exciting and strange.” —Daily Telegraph

“A humorous unhistorical novel set in the imaginary reign of James III. Aiken is a natural storyteller with the gift of endless comic invention.” —The Guardian Prize committee

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About the Author

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken is an award-winning author of novels, plays, short stories, and children's books. Her most recent Jane Austen novel is The Youngest Miss Ward. She divides her time between London and New York.

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The Whispering Mountain
Joan Aiken

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Tom Doherty Associates
Starscape
May 2002
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ISBN: 9781466820593
ISBN10: 1466820594
Middle-Grade Fiction304 pages
Age Range: 10 to 18
Grade Range: 5 and up
$7.99
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