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The Isis Pedlar (Isis #3)

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Michael Joseph Flynn has devious plans to cheat and corrupt the inhabitants of the planet Isis, and he appears to be on the verge of success. Few among the planet’s simple agricultural community can resist his magic firestone, his strangely delicious Ambrosia, and the Forever Machine. Only Flynn’s daughter, Moira, can unmask this smooth-talking pedlar. But can Moira avert ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 15th 2000 by Random House (first published January 1st 1982)
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Dec 11, 2012 Megs rated it liked it
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Overall, The Isis Pedlar is my least favourite of the Isis trilogy.I didn't feel the same connection to Moira that I did to Olwen in the first book, or Jody in the second. The dystopian aspects of Isis, which were very prominent in book 2 felt muted and less exciting now that so much time has passed.

So, I didn't have much of a connection with Moira and David felt one dimensional and boring, so that leaves us with our only really interesting character: Michael Joseph Flynn. But even then, I could
Apr 02, 2013 Shaun rated it did not like it
I adored The Keeper of the Isis Light. The Guardian of Isis was not my favourite, but I can at least appreciate that it continued the tragic themes set up in book 1 - I was frustrated by the fate of Isis because Hughes created a world I cared about. The Isis Pedlar doesn't garner that same respect. While the first two books are short, and possibly rushed, The Isis Pedlar is roughly 25% shorter still. Without getting into everything I didn't like about the book, I can summarize my thoughts by ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
In the last installment of the Isis trilogy, Isis is rocked by the mysterious presence of a stranger. Michael Flynn and his daughter, Moira, are on the run from Michael's latest failed caper. When they accidentally arrive at Isis on their battered old ship, Michael smells an opportunity to fleece what he thinks will be a bunch of naïve, simpleton farmers. It is up to Moira to stand up to him and rescue Isis from his exploitation. Along the way, she gets the help of Jody (our hero from book 2) ...more
Pam Baddeley
The third volume of the Isis trilogy - unlike the first two, which I kept and have recently re-read, I didn't enjoy this one and passed it on to a charity shop some years back. It doesn't feature the main characters of the first two stories, though I think young Jody is in it, older, but it deals with how some of the wrongs of the colony are finally eased.

I think the reason I wasn't keen was the theme of the villain from outside who intrudes to con the colonists, instead of having them somehow
May 28, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Rebellion comes to Isis in the form of a pedlar or "flimflam" man, shaking up the deeply cowed colonists.
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Monica Hughes was a very popular writer for young people, and has won numerous prizes. Her books have been published in the United States, Poland, Spain, Japan, France, Scandinavia, England, and Germany. She has twice received the Canada Council Prize for Children's Literature, and was runner-up for the Guardian Award.

She is the author of Keeper of the Isis Light, an American Library Association B
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