Synopses & Reviews
"A magical adventure. . . . Should win the hearts of a new generation." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
When a Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart and give him ultimate power, the tribe's magic man reluctantly creates the Flint Heart. Thousands of years later, the sinister talisman reemerges, corrupting a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the Zagabog, the wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the Flint Heart's dark influence? Filled with wry humor, this fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous young reader to devour.
About the Author
Katherine Paterson is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. She is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and she has received many other accolades for her works, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. Katherine Paterson was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. She lives in Barre, Vermont, with her husband, John Paterson.
John Paterson Sr. has collaborated with his wife, Katherine, on CONSIDER THE LILIES: PLANTS OF THE BIBLE; IMAGES OF GOD; AND BLUEBERRIES FOR THE QUEEN. He lives with his wife in Barre, Vermont.
John Rocco collaborated with Whoopie Goldberg on the picture book Alice and was Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering and served as pre-production art director at Dreamworks for the ? lm Shrek. His children's books include FU FINDS THE WAY, WOLF! WOLF!, and MOONPOWDER, and his illustrations are also featured on the jackets of Rick Riordan's best-selling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. John Rocco lives in Brooklyn, New York.