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The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander
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Mar 01, 11

It's not so easy to classify the age range on this book - it is a chapter book, but it is definitely beneath middle school reading level, putting it in that slightly uncomfortable gray area behind "young adult" books and in front of "children's books." Still - whatever it is - The Arkadians is an excellent book for kids.

Alexander has a well-documented fascination with mythology - primarily Welsh, Greek, and Roman, but I'm sure that if you looked hard enough you could find a couple others sprinkled in there. The characters are delightful if a tad archetypal at times, and the level of symbolism and the use of visual stimulation is frankly incredible, given the age the book is doubtlessly aimed at.

If you have a kid who is interested in fantasy but thinks Lord of the Rings and other high fantasies are a little stuffy, or if you're into fantasy from a spiritual/political/mythological angle, or if the fact that Lloyd Alexander wasn't afraid to have the poet in the story literally be a man transformed into a jackass tickles you, pick up this book.

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