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Hobby (The Young Merlin Trilogy #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  333 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
When young Merlin falls into the company of traveling performers, they rename him Hobby, after a small falcon. Nightmarish trouble lies ahead on the path that will lead him to greatness.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Apple (first published 1996)
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Sep 20, 2016 Mj rated it really liked it
After clamoring for more Young Merlin and forcing my librarian to order this book in for me -- I, I don't really remember this book at all. Now, granted it has been about fifteen years since I've read it so you'll forgive some lapse in memory here, but I vividly remember the drive to finish this trilogy. Reading the descriptions I'm almost reminded of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which is another fantasy trilogy that I am now clamoring to finish.

I feel like I will definitely have to
Mar 09, 2014 Lily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: OLDER children
Aww. This book is pretty depressing compared to the first one. Nevertheless, it still tells a good story. I was a little bothered by the fact that, why doesn't our young Merlin tell people what happened to him and his family? If he was truly bothered by it, he'd get some help, right? After all, he told people about his dreams that were bothering him, so why wouldn't he tell them about the tragedy at his home - his family that he cares most about?

Since this book is darker than the first, I think
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The second installment in the Young Merlin series is challenging and ambitious. It opens with a powerful scene as the beloved adoptive family of young Merline is killed in a devastating fire. The grieving 12-year-old then sets out into the harsh medieval world. Taking the name of Hawk, he is held captive by a vicious rogue named Fowler. Then renamed Hobby (a raptor bigger than a merlin) by a charlatan, he joins the man's traveling magic show, whose performers try to use the
K. Axel
The Story...
This is the second book in the Merlin Trilogy and starts with a young Merlin leaving his burned down home. Before leaving, though, Merlin buries his 'family', Master Robin, Meg and Nell. Apparently, young Merlin foresaw the fire, but did not know how to interpret his prophetic dream at the time.

The road brings him close to a nasty man who has a wish to sell Merlin, along with his horse and cow, however, again fate helps young Merlin, who manages to escape. He also meets a couple of g
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Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it
Merlin's life with Master Robin, Mag, and Nell is over. His adoptive family dies in a fire as Merlin dreams of a bird with a breast as red as flames. After tenderly burying them in a single grave, he leaves the place marked by four years of happiness. On his journey, Merlin, first, meets a scoundrel with a vicious dog. Fowler confiscates Merlin's horse and cow (the only other survivors of the fire) and vows to sell Merlin as a slave. When the horse shies at a hare, Fowler is thrown, and Merlin l ...more
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Nov 28, 2014 Aristyanto Heri Trimawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Buku kedua dalam The Young Merlin Trilogy ini adalah sekuel dari Passager. Meneruskan cerita tentang Hawk yang berkelana setelah rumahnya bersama Tuan Robin, bertemu dengan Ambrosius dan Viviane grup pesulap dengan kereta hijau.Namun, akhirnya Hawk tetap sendiri dan melanjutkan petualangannya dengan bebas.

Buku Kedua ini lumayan lebih fresh, karena ada unsur petualangannya. Bagus lah buat dibaca.
Katharine Ott
"Hobby" - written by Jane Yolen and published in 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. The second in the Young Merlin Trilogy. An exciting read.
Sep 18, 2014 Aprile rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
It's a series written for kids, but they've been good reads so far. I'm actually sad the books aren't longer :)
Jan 03, 2008 Ginger rated it really liked it
The second in the trilogy about Merlin's early life. Merlin dreams about a bird with a fiery red breast and wakes to find his home in flames. His search for family continues, leading him to join up with a couple of traveling performers. In this installment of the Young Merlin series, Merlin’s dreams become a more prominent part of his experience and history.
Hobby is, like Passager, an excellent book written in elegant prose. While the story itself is not as captivating as that of its prequel, it is still a compelling read that leaves the reader curious to know more of Young Merlin's story.

I'm anxious to begin Merlin, the third portion of the trilogy, tonight.
Feb 09, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: arthurian, younger
Probably the volume that contains all three installments would be better, as this is more like a chunk of a longer story than a discrete novel. I feel it may also be a bit mature for the age group books of this length are usually intended for, what which starting out with the family being burned to death.
Jun 22, 2008 Mom rated it really liked it
This is the second story in the trilogy of Young Merlin. Merlin meets up with different people and discovers little more about himself each time. Loosely based on Merlin legends, this is an nice introduction for young readers.
Oct 28, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
Second in the Merlin trilogy. The dreams Merlin(hobby) has are interested. I find that as soon as the book is interesting, it is over. Hope the last book isn't like that as well.
Derek G
Feb 12, 2013 Derek G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, suitable for adults, but could work for middle school or YA readers with sophistication. This is book 2 of 3. Also, it is a very quick read.
Oct 18, 2007 Cindy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Merlin/Arthur fans
I was a little disappointed with this one. It just sort of started a new story and sort of ended. Not as good as I'd hoped.
Kristin Anderson
Aug 10, 2012 Kristin Anderson rated it liked it
actually, this is 2.5 stars. didn't like it as much as some other arthurian legend stuff. very VERY short.
Jun 23, 2007 Ayu rated it liked it
“Mungkin suatu hari nanti kau akan tumbuh menjadi sehebat nama itu...”

Jun 26, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
great book! geared towards kids, but the writing is captivating for an adult as well.
Dec 19, 2014 Rosalie rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure for the young and any age crowd!
Mar 18, 2009 Loralie rated it it was amazing
The history of Merlin's youth is continued. Great read!
Marcus Reeves
Jun 13, 2011 Marcus Reeves rated it it was amazing
A very good book for people who like wizards.
Miss Kodok
Hasil hunting di PBJ 2009.
Mandi Murphy
Apr 18, 2012 Mandi Murphy rated it really liked it
Beautiful prose!
Jun 06, 2009 Allison rated it did not like it
its okay...
May 31, 2011 Alexis rated it it was ok
Boring! :(
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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