This is a wonderfully written fantasy set in the west of Ireland which tells of the coming of the Great Queen who is bent on bringing destruction to the world. Only Pidge and Brigit can stop her and their task seems impossible as they're constantly trailed by the queen's hounds. But they're aided in their quest by a host of willing helpers - a glorious array of unforgettable characters. This book has been in print continuously for well over 15 years and has proved itself as one of the best-sellers on our list. It offers a fresh new look for the next generation of readers. It has been sold all over the world, and has been translated into many different languages, making it an internationally acclaimed book.
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Pat O'Shea was born in Galway in the west of Ireland in 1931. The Hounds of the Morrigan is her first novel for children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 After he unwittingly releases an evil force long imprisoned in an old Irish manuscript, Pidge and his little sister, Brigit, are drawn into a series of adventures to help the good god, the Dagda, destroy this evil before it is found and used against the world by the Morrigan, Celtic tripartite goddess of battle. The Morrigan, in both hilarious and terrifying personae, is seen mostly in mod guise as a pair of motorcycle-riding hags, who set up a command post in Galway to observe and meddle with the action. (In one terrific touch, their fingerprint, suspended in air, becomes elsewhere a maze to entrap the children.) Their mean sense of humor lets them create a "watch frog" (who speaks in bog-Irish malapropisms); comb their blue and red hair with a live hedgehog; and make chess moves by sticking pins into chess pieces given temporary life. And constantly, their shape-changing, flick-tongued, slyand dominatedhounds track the children, but they may not kill unless they see their quarry run. The unfolding quest baffles and challenges the pair as it will readers, as shapes shift and dreams take on independent life. The writing is wonderful, but inventive to distraction; one can lose track of names and allusions to earlier events as episodes multiply, and some of the episodes seem superfluous. (The glossary is for traditional material only.) Large collections should have this book, by a new Irish writer, and those libraries with dedicated readers of fantasy should try it. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
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Book Description PUFFIN BOOKS, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st pr. Square, solid, with a perfect spine, unread. When you receivethis book, you'll feel as though you've received a rare gift from one ofScheherazade's fabled djinn! You MAY even cartwheel with glee! Inprotective mylar bag!. Bookseller Inventory # 020638