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Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books are enduring children's classics. 'Earthsea [is] one of the most deeply influential of all 20th century fantasy texts' ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY. Le Guin is one of the finest fantasy writers of our time. THE OTHER WIND has so far sold more than 48,000 copies in hardback and paperback. A new children's book from Le Guin is always an event. 'Le Guin writing for children is more thought-provoking than most people writing for adults. In this book, she looks at power, love and social pejudice, seen through the eyes of two teenagers ... It's a brilliant exploration of society at its worst and at its best, with a tender and hopeful ending.' Publishing News. 'thoughtful, wise and exciting storytelling ...' Books for Keeps.
Ursula Le Guin has won many Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her EARTHSEA books are classics.
In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "Le Guin poses probing questions about the power and responsibility of being gifted, through the eyes of a 16-year-old narrator." Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Ursual Le Guin by be almost 80 but she's shwoing no signs of losing her brilliance. She is unparalleled in creating fantasy peopled by finely drawn and complex characters... Gifts has the simplicity of fairy tale and the power of myth. - THE GUARDIAN - Eric Brown
Gr 7 Up-In this well-realized fantasy, the people of the Uplands have unusual and potentially dangerous abilities that can involve the killing or maiming of others. Gry can communicate with animals, but she refuses to use her gift to call creatures to the hunt, a stance her mother doesn't understand. The males in Orrec's line have the power of unmaking-or destroying-other living things. However, because his mother is a Lowlander, there is concern that this ability will not run true to him. When his gift finally manifests itself, it seems to be uncontrollable. His father blindfolds him so that he will not mistakenly hurt someone, and everyone fears him. Meanwhile, Ogge Drum, a greedy and cruel landowner, causes heartache for Orrec and his family. There is a strong sense of foreboding throughout the novel. The characters, who are well rounded and believable, often fail to understand the extent of the responsibility that comes with great power. In the end, Gry and Orrec come to recognize the true nature of their gifts and how best to use them. Readers can enjoy this story as a suspenseful struggle between good and evil, or they can delve deeper and come away with a better understanding of the choices that all individuals must make if they are to realize their full potential. An excellent choice for discussion and contemplation.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.