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Enchantment At Delphi
Fascinated by the temple ruins at Delphi, a young girl (Alice Grant) manages to slip into the site when it is deserted and finds herself involved in a strange adventure.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published September 1986 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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I loved this book as teen and still enjoy it as an adult. The story of Alice and Nikos is more a plot device for exploring Delphic legends and the Greek gods than actual plot. And Alice might be a bit too self-aware for a strictly realistic teen, but even with this, it is a charming story that had me eager to know more ancient and modern Greece. I don't understand how this book continues to be so little known and so difficult to find.
Richard Purtill is the Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, as well as an author of fantasy and science fiction, critical non-fiction on the same genres, and various works on religion and philosophy. He is best known for his novels of the "Kaphtu" universe. He has written as both Richard Purtill and Richard L. Purtill, a variant form of his ...moreMore about Richard L. Purtill...