A City in Winter by Mark Helprin

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Driven to avenge the murder of her royal parents and reclaim their lost kingdom, the daring young heroine and would-be queen journeys to the besieged city on the plain to seek out its eveil conqueror, the Usurper. Mark Helprin's spellbing tale reveals a city veiled in snow, at once divine and deadly. Van Allsburg's stunning illustrations supply a palpable richness which captures all the exhilarating expanse of the story. 13 color illustrations.
 

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Born in 1947, Mark Helprin grew up in New York City, the Hudson River Valley and in the British West Indies. Helprin received degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford. Once a member of the British Merchant Navy, the Israeli Infantry, and the Israeli Air Force, Helprin is the author of numerous novels including Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, and the children's story Swan Lake. In 1996, Helprin took on the unusual job of writing Bob Dole's Senate retirement speech. The resulting speech was widely credited with, at least temporarily, rejuvenating Dole's withering presidential campaign. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a former Guggenheim Fellow, Helprin works have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Helprin's short story collection Ellis Island and Other Stories was nominated for a National Book Award in 1981. His stories and essays on politics have been published in the New Yorker for more than 25 years. Considered to be one of the foremost authors and illustrators of surrealistic fantasy for children, Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He received his B. F. A. at the University of Michigan and his M. F. A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He married Lisa Morrison and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Van Allsburg's work is highly praised for the excellent artisanship of his illustrations, which often have a surreal element. His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), concerning a lost dog found by a magician, and his second book, Jumanji (1981), about a strange board game that comes to life, brought him quick praise. Jumanji won the Caldecott Medal in 1982. The Polar Express (1985), Van Allsburg's most popular book, deals with the idea that the ability to believe in things beyond one's experiences helps to keep a person young. It also won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. Other books by Van Allsburg include The Z was Zapped, and Just a Dream, a story about a boy who learns to be ecological. Van Allsburg's sculptures have also been exhibited at many New York galleries.
 
Published April 1, 1996 by Viking/Penguin. 147 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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just to get into the palace, the princess becomes one of three thousand employees in the yam section (not to be confused with those for potatoes, rices, and meat pie crusts) of the starch kitchens, later working her way up to flower refresher in one of the smaller dining rooms (for "only a thousa...

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A none-too-kid-friendly mixture of war story and bureaucratic satire, this tale of a 10-year-old queen's quest to regain her throne suffers from a proliferation of heavy-handed and portentous philosop

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A none-too-kid-friendly mixture of war story and bureaucratic satire, this tale of a 10-year-old queen's quest to regain her throne suffers from a proliferation of heavy-handed and portentous philosophical passages.

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