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Sylvia Engdahl

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in Los Angeles, The United States
November 24, 1933




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Although I'm best known as an author for Young Adults, my four newest novels, Stewards of the Flame, Promise of the Flame, Defender of the Flame, and Herald of the Flame are not YA books and are not appropriate for middle-school readers. They are enjoyed by people who don't ordinarily read science fiction as well as those who do. For more information about them, watch the video trailer and visit

Previously I wrote six novels for teens that are also enjoyed by many adults, all of which were first published in the 1970s by Atheneum and which have been republished in both hardcover and paperback editions by different publishers in the 21st century. All except my Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars we

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There are now new covers for Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame that match the design of Defender of the Flame and Herald of the Flame. So far they are on the Kindle editions, and they will soon appear on the other ebook editions and paperback editions. The interiors of the books have not changed.

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“People who love each other can no more keep from communicating than from breathing.”
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“Must a man then live as his fellows live, and never reach beyond?”
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Roger Cottrell Hi Silvya,
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads.
If you like Science Fiction and Fantasy you might like to check out my book, THE LUNDQUIST CHRONICLES - a kind of tribute to Nigel Kneale's Quatermass that is also inspired by MNR James. You can look it up on The ISBN is ISBN 978-1-4092-4155-3

message 2: by Dora

Dora You're the coolest!

Michael Enchantress from the stars is one of my favorite books. Thank you!

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