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Mitra and her little brother, Babak, are beggars in the city of Rhagae, scratching out a living as best as they can with what they can beg for — or steal. But Mitra burns with hope and ambition, for she and Babak are not what they seem. They are of royal blood, but their father's ill-fated plot against the evil tyrant, King Phraates, has resulted in their father's death and their exile. Now disguised as a boy, Mitra has never given up believing they can rejoin what is left of their family and regain their rightful standing in the world.

Then they discover that Babak has a strange gift: If he sleeps with an item belonging to someone, he can know that person's dreams. Mitra believes that they can use this gift to find passage back to the city of Palmyra and their remaining kinsmen. But soon Babak and his abilities come to the attention of a powerful Magus — one who has read portents in the stars of the coming of a new king and the dawn of a new age. Soon Mitra and Babak find themselves on the road to Bethlehem...

The acclaimed author of Shadow Spinner returns to ancient Persia in this spellbinding saga — a tale filled with the color of the caravansaries and the heat of the desert, a tale that reimagines the wonder and spirit of a lost age.

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"This richly imagined novel invents a backstory for the famous Nativity tale of the three wise men — Melchior, Balthazaar and Gaspar — who follow a star in search of the prophesied king. Fletcher (Shadow Spinner) centers the story on Mitra, a Persian teenager, and her young brother, the fragile, kindhearted Babak. The pair was forced to flee after their father's unsuccessful coup attempt against the reigning monarch, Phraates. Mitra successfully disguises herself as a boy and a beggar — until Babak unwittingly reveals his ability to foretell the future through his dreams. His prophetic visions attract unwanted attention, most perilously from Melchior, an out-of-favor Magus who kidnaps the boy so Babak can dream exclusively for him, despite obvious risks to the boy's health. (He grows weaker with every dream.) There's a bit too much going on — two romances for Mitra, multiple escapes and recaptures, squabbling Magi — and the pace occasionally advances as languidly as a camel journey from Persia to Bethlehem. But Mitra is feisty and honorable, and Fletcher, with lush and often poetic language, somehow ties her many strands together, drawing a subtle parallel between the humble circumstances of the unnamed baby's birth and the empathetic suffering of Babak, a prince in exile. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Fletcher focuses more on emotional than physical landscapes....Absorbing." Kirkus Reviews

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"The characters are vivid and whole, the plot compelling, and the setting vast." VOYA

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Mitra and her brother Babak are exiled royals living on the streets as orphaned beggars. Babak possesses a strange gift of being able to know someone's dreams, and soon they find themselves on the road to Bethlehem in this biblical epic.

About the Author

Susan Fletcher is the acclaimed author of the Dragon Chronicles, composed of Dragon's Milk, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, and Sign of the Dove, as well as the award-winning Alphabet of Dreams, Shadow Spinner, and Walk Across the Sea. Ms. Fletcher lives in Wilsonville, Oregon. Visit her online at SusanFletcher.com.

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birdwatcher74, January 10, 2011 (view all comments by birdwatcher74)
This book literally is a dream: Wonderfully entertaining and impeccably researched, Alphabet of Dreams has to be one of the best historical novels ever written for a young audience. The writing is beautifully poetic, evoking a far-away and ancient world in its greatest detail. Throughout, universal human experience is blended with the exotic into a dense plotline. Through the eyes of Mitra, a resourceful, adolescent girl who looks after her young, sensitive brother with a rare gift for dreaming the future, the reader embarks on an epic journey through the Middle East just over 2000 years ago. Separated from their noble parents and brother, the pair undergo the most spectacular challenges and encounters, as they have to constantly re-adjust their alliances, learning about the many shades of cleverness, wisdom, hope and love in the process. In parallel, Fletcher imagines another most detailed and convincing background to yet another journey, that of the three wise men (or Magi) to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Highly recommended!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689850424
Author:
Fletcher, Susan
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Historical - Ancient Civilizations
Subject:
Dreams
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Ancient Civilizations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jacket
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 16.03 oz
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This richly imagined novel invents a backstory for the famous Nativity tale of the three wise men — Melchior, Balthazaar and Gaspar — who follow a star in search of the prophesied king. Fletcher (Shadow Spinner) centers the story on Mitra, a Persian teenager, and her young brother, the fragile, kindhearted Babak. The pair was forced to flee after their father's unsuccessful coup attempt against the reigning monarch, Phraates. Mitra successfully disguises herself as a boy and a beggar — until Babak unwittingly reveals his ability to foretell the future through his dreams. His prophetic visions attract unwanted attention, most perilously from Melchior, an out-of-favor Magus who kidnaps the boy so Babak can dream exclusively for him, despite obvious risks to the boy's health. (He grows weaker with every dream.) There's a bit too much going on — two romances for Mitra, multiple escapes and recaptures, squabbling Magi — and the pace occasionally advances as languidly as a camel journey from Persia to Bethlehem. But Mitra is feisty and honorable, and Fletcher, with lush and often poetic language, somehow ties her many strands together, drawing a subtle parallel between the humble circumstances of the unnamed baby's birth and the empathetic suffering of Babak, a prince in exile. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fletcher focuses more on emotional than physical landscapes....Absorbing."
"Review" by , "The characters are vivid and whole, the plot compelling, and the setting vast."
"Synopsis" by , Mitra and her brother Babak are exiled royals living on the streets as orphaned beggars. Babak possesses a strange gift of being able to know someone's dreams, and soon they find themselves on the road to Bethlehem in this biblical epic.
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