The day that Leo Zifkak became the owner of the music box, his life changed forever. Leo didnt know this at the time. His heart didnt miss a beat as he took the box calmly from his mother and put it on his desk. He had no idea what he was holding in his hands. The old music box has its rules, carefully handed down through the generations in Leos ...
The day that Leo Zifkak became the owner of the music box, his life changed forever. Leo didnt know this at the time. His heart didnt miss a beat as he took the box calmly from his mother and put it on his desk. He had no idea what he was holding in his hands. The old music box has its rules, carefully handed down through the generations in Leos family. A long-ago ancestor called Rollo had brought it back from one of his world trips. It had a plain black shiny lid, but its sides were painted with detailed scenes of a town, a castle on a hill, a queen in a long blue gown. Those who had owned it before Leo understood its powers well, and placed strict limits on its use. But now it is Leos music box, and although he respects the rules, his least favourite cousin Mimi Langlander does not. When the rules are flouted and the Blue Queen appears and takes Mimis dog Mutt back to the world of Rondo, Leo finds himself on an alarming quest to retrieve him, with the disagreeable Mimi at his side.
New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 342 p. Audience: Children/juvenile. Gift Quality. Brand New. Fast Arrival. Packaged and Shipped in bubble wrap. Pristine condition. Please leave us positive feedback. Thanks! Free USPS Tracking.
New. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Brand New, Perfect Condition. We offer expedited shipping to all US locations. Over 3, 000, 000 happy customers. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 342 p. Intended for a juvenile audience.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-25 At the start of Rodda's (the Deltora Quest series) proficient, old-fashioned fantasy, Leo's great-aunt Bethany has bequeathed him the Langlander family treasure: a music box with minutely painted details of a realm populated, as Leo discovers, by fairytale and nursery rhyme characters. Specific rules govern the music box, as all Bethany's relatives know, and dependable Leo plans to obey them strictly. But when his much-loathed cousin Mimi arrives for an extended stay, she seizes the first opportunity to break them. Suddenly figures on the box seem to have moved from their spots-and could it be that its butterflies now fly in Leo's room? Before long the children have summoned a sorceress, who lures them into Rondo by returning there with Mimi's dog in tow. This novel offers many elements characteristic of classic children's fantasy: an alternate world, a magical object that bridges worlds, two unsupervised child protagonists on a quest, tension about the protagonists' ability to get home again. Rodda's embellishments-the children find Langlander relatives in Rondo and discover that in Rondo their family history serves as fairytale-add some texture as well as originality. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.