The Arkadians

by Lloyd Alexander

Lucian is a bored counting clerk in the ruling house of Arkadia. When he unwittingly... read more

Lucian is a bored counting clerk in the ruling house of Arkadia. When he unwittingly gets caught up in political intrigue he must flee for his life. On the road, he meets Fonto, a poet who has been turned into a donkey, and Joy-in-the-Dance, a young woman who is also the Pythoness, an oracle from the line of Arkadia's pre-patriarchal era. In a blend of Greek myth with contemporary storytelling spiced by feminist politics, the three set out on a journey in which Lucian seeks his true calling, Fonto seeks a return to human form, and Joy-in-the-Dance seeks a peaceful future for the people of Arkadia. Memorable characters, witty dialogue and droll humor propel the action in this this epic-like adventure novel. (Ages 12-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995

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