Synopses & Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Jonathon, feared and hated by the brown-eyed Valley people because of his blue eyes, tries to find answers to his true identity in the Red Mountains, home of the Dalriada, a mountain people with magnificent horses, mystical powers, and blue eyes like his.
"A promising first novel." (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"The brown-eyed valley folk both fear and loathe 13-year-old Jonathon Brae; he is a 'loony-blue,' . . ." (Starred, Booklist)
" . . . Jonathon's quest evokes a timeless struggle for identity amid vivid imagery, heartbreaking loss, and a subtle weave of fantasy." (School Library Journal)
“A promising first novel.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates
“Jonathon is a finely crafted and immensely sympathetic character who draws the reader into his adventures in self-discovery . . . [A] rich and complex first novel for teens, which mixes fantasy, adventure, and coming-of-age.” -- Starred, Booklist
“In the tradition of Robin McKinleys The Blue Sword and Lloyd Alexanders ‘Prydain Chronicles, Jonathons quest evokes a timeless struggle for identity amid vivid imagery, heartbreaking loss, and a subtle weave of fantasy.” -- School Library Journal
Calhoun's debut novel--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults--is available once again. Haunted by his difference from everyone else in the Valley, Jonathon Brae wonders if he is one of the mountain people who have magical powers and blue eyes like his.
About the Author
spent years training to be a dancer before turning her hand to design and then to writing. Firegold
was her first book, followed by Aria of the Sea
. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.