First off, you need to know that "Dark Curses and Faerie Dreams" is an eBook for young readers like no other. We call it a Multimedia eBook. This means there are links throughout the eBook that take readers to secret web pages filled with challenges, games, secrets, illustrations, animations, character profiles, myths, side stories, and much more. The eBook's format is carefully designed to please both the avid reader and the reluctant reader who is more attracted by games and other interactive experiences.
At the heart of this Multimedia eBook is the story of Duggan McDuggan, a 14-year-old girl who knows it is a big mistake to tempt the fates and risk the darkest curse ever created. For one thing, the crazy plan to capture a Faerie was thought up by none other than Zagger Dunleavy, the biggest conniver around. For another thing, no one in a hundred years has risked the curse, it's that bad. Still, Duggan has a coward's reputation and so she is tempted to throw caution to the wind and prove everyone wrong by daring the unthinkable.
Too bad nothing goes as planned! When Duggan and her friends harm a Faerie while trying to catch it, a Dark Curse falls on them, threatening to destroy all they love unless they can find a way to lift the curse. Their only hope? Duggan and her friends must undertake a desperate journey, traveling deep into the Magickal realm of the Faeries to face the conjurer of the Dark Curse, an evil Faerie Lord who hates all living things.
On their journey, Duggan and her friends face dangers galore as they travel to Eshmagick, a strange land with strange creatures. Once there, Duggan quickly learns that being in Eshmagick will have some peculiar effects on her. What kinds of effects? Well, some are good, some are bad, and others are ... well, let's just say other effects are rather surprising! The odds are against them. Facing all kinds of obstacles, Duggan and her friends will need to find the courage and resourcefulness they need.
Some words for parents and other grownups helping young readers with their book choices: "Dark Curses and Faerie Dreams" follows six important principles that guide everything we write:
1. Non-violent stories: While there are themes of violence and war in the story, war is portrayed as an ugly thing with undesirable effects. The main characters also encounter cultural and racial hostility but the irrational causes of it are addressed intelligently.
2. Cultural respect: The heroes of the story are three Woodsy Trolls. These Woodsy Trolls are from a displaced people and the reasons for their displacement are looked at. Woodsy Trolls are a gentle people. They have a kinship to nature. Other cultures appear in the story. Aspects of these cultures are explored, as well as the roots of differences.
3. Valuing the individual: The main character, Duggan McDuggan, is a 14-year old girl struggling to understand and value the many ways she feels different from others. She is part of a circle of three friends, each of whom feels different for different reasons. Their story is about friendship, loyalty, and the valuing of differences.
4. Social responsibility: Duggan and her friends commit a misdeed that has dire effects on their families. Part of the story is about their struggle to take responsibility and to undo the consequences of their misdeed.
5. Fostering creativity: All our eBooks have links to thought-provoking and fun web materials. The materials around this story use imaginative activities to explore many elements of culture: language, myth, food and eating, relationship of culture to the physical world, etc.
6. Educational value: In addition to the cultural learning, there is an environmental theme within the story. The Woodsy Trolls have a closeness to nature that many modern kids have not experienced. Duggan can name all kinds of trees, birds, animals, and plants. She knows their characteristics. She has a sense of natural history. Heck, she can even talk to trees!
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Published November 10, 2012
by Eshmagick Enterprises.
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction.