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    Author: Lloyd Alexander | Narrator: James Langton
    Release Date: November 23, 2004
    Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who wants to be a hero, goes questing for knowledge of his parentage, hoping that his journey will ennoble him in the eyes of Eilonwy, the princess with the red-gold hair. Accompanied by several loyal friends, Taran begins his search when three wily enchantresses of the Marshes of Morva send him to consult the Mirror of Llunet for the answers he is seeking, cryptically promising that "the finding takes no more than the looking.
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  • cover_9780807223185
    Author: Lloyd Alexander | Narrator: James Langton
    Release Date: February 24, 2004
    Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn's army grows every day, and his terrible warriors never die. They are born in the Black Cauldron from the stolen bodies of slain soldiers.
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  • cover_9780807223925
    Author: Lloyd Alexander | Narrator: James Langton
    Release Date: August 24, 2004
    In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy must leave her friends to go to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess. Because Eilonwy has magical powers, she is sought by Achren, the most evil enchantress in the land. Shortly after her arrival on the Isle of Mona, something sinister and secret befalls her.
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    ISBN: 9780807223925
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  • A | Authors | Penguin Random House Audio

    Desolation Alexander, Bruce Rules of Engagement CA Alexander, Caroline The Bounty Alexander, Kermit The Valley of the Shadow of Death Alexander, Lloyd The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2, The Prydain Chronicles Book Two: The Black Cauldron Alford

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    Lloyd Alexander | Author

    “Whether writing realism or fantasy, my concern is the same: how we learn to be genuine human beings.”—Lloyd Alexander

    Lloyd Alexander has received a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, a National Book Award, and several IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Awards. He is also the author of many ALA Notable Children’s Books and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR


    Born on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, storyteller Lloyd Alexander spent his childhood filling his imagination with fantasies about other lands and eras. Ever since young Alexander first discovered a copy of the King Arthur legends in the back of a stationery store, he diligently searched out every hero tale and legend he could get his hands on. He says, “I read as long as I could remember. Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers. I loved all the world’s mythologies; King Arthur was one of my heroes; I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield, and my uncle’s cane for the sword Excalibur.”

    At fifteen, in his last year of high school, Alexander announced to his parents that he intended to become a poet. They agreed he could pursue this career on the condition that he also find some type of practical work. So, upon graduation, Alexander grudgingly accepted a job as a messenger in a bank. He says, “I felt like Robin Hood chained in the Sheriff of Nottingham’s dungeon. As a would-be writer, I thought it was a catastrophe. As a bank employee, I could barely add or subtract, and had to count on my fingers.”

    Realizing there was still a lot to learn before he could consider himself a writer, Lloyd Alexander enrolled at a local college. However, he soon decided that adventure and experience were what he really needed, and quit school to join the army. In the midst of World War II, Alexander was stationed in Texas, and became an artilleryman, a cymbal player in the band, an organist in the post chapel, and finally, a first-aid man. Later, he was assigned to a military intelligence training center in Maryland. Eventually, he and his group sailed to England and were sent to Wales to finish their training.

    When the war ended, Alexander was assigned to a counterintelligence unit in Paris. Later, he was discharged to attend the University of Paris, and met Janine, the woman who became his wife. The young couple returned to the United States, where Alexander struggled to get his novels published. To earn a living, he worked as a cartoonist, advertising writer, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine. After seven years of rejections, his first novel was published.

    For ten years, Alexander wrote for adults, then changed gears and wrote fiction for young people. This, Alexander says, was “the most creative and liberating experience of my life. In books for young people, I was able to express my own deepest feelings far more than I could ever do in writing for adults.” Most of Alexander’s books have been of the fantasy genre. But fantasy, Alexander believes, is merely one of many ways to express attitudes and feelings about real people, real human relationships and problems. That is why his books evoke such deep responses from young and old readers alike.

    In addition to writing, Lloyd Alexander enjoys music, especially Mozart. He also likes to create drawings, cartoons, and etchings. He lives with his wife and their cats in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and is currently author-in-residence at Temple University in Philadelphia. “I never did find out all I wanted to know about writing,” Lloyd Alexander says, “and I realize I never will. All that writers can do is to keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts. If writers learn more from their books than do readers, perhaps I may have begun to learn.”


    PRAISE


    THE BLACK CAULDRON

    —A Newbery Honor Book
    —An ALA Notable Children’s Book

    “The reader’s involvement is intense as the excitement leads up to the climactic meeting of tragedy and triumph.”—The Horn Book Magazine


    THE HIGH KING

    —A Newbery Medal Winner
    —A Child Study Children’s Book Committee Children’s Book of the Year

    “Has the philosophical depth and overtones of great fantasy. ”—The Horn Book Magazine


    THE CAT WHO WISHED TO BE A MAN

    “Infused with humor, high spirits and compassion, Lionel’s story is a parable of the human condition that recognizes mankind’s many frailties without despairing and offers hope that love and justice may sometimes prevail.”—Starred, School Library Journal


    THE DRACKENBERG ADVENTURE

    —A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

    “Alexander is to be commended for his elegant writing, astute characterizations, and his presentation of an intelligent heroine.”—Starred, Booklist


    THE EL DORADO ADVENTURE

    “Plenty of action and a number of cliffhangers that create an episodic quality reminiscent of old Saturday matinee serials.”—Starred, School Library Journal


    THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN

    “Enthralling . . . it is not often that a book can tell a breathtaking story, offer useful lessons on life, and paint a lively cultural backdrop. Alexander has done all that and more.”—Starred, Booklist

    ABOUT THIS AUTHOR