Davin by Dan Gordon

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Outside, World War II rages gravely as German planes drop bombs over London. Inside one family's home, a boy lies ill in bed.  Before leaving to fight in the war, his father told him about Davin, a teddy bear that holds the power to make sick boys well.  But things look bad--no one knows where Davin is.

In an attempt to save their friend, the miniature figures of a little Bugle Boy, a blustery Sergeant Major, a princess, Robin Hood, Chingachgook, and Perseus, the Greek hero, come to life and join forces to find the mysterious Davin.  Along the way, they encounter a ferocious cat, a man-eating spider, the Dark Knight, and Blackbeard and his band of terrifying pirates.

Read by Grandma Goddess to her grandchildren as they lie in their beds, Davin is a story within a story.  A thrilling adventure for boys and girls, it is a fantasy in which literary and historical characters clash in a war between good and evil to save a child's life.

About Dan Gordon

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Dan Gordon is the author of "Cape"" Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories," He lives in Providence, RI. Mickey Bradley is a freelance sportswriter and has written on topics ranging from sports to science to humor and entertainment. He lives in Schenectady, NY. Gordon is a film director.
Published March 10, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 170 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Curled up in bed with their cocoa and pinch cookies, three children listen as their grandmother tells them the story of living toys on a quest through a darkened attic to save a boy's life in blitz-wracked London during WW II.

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In the attic, the three adventurers meet Chingachgook (the last of the Mohicans) and Robin Hood, two misplaced heroes who would rather have tea parties than rescue princesses and who complain persistently about allergies and ugly decor (""What kind of heroes are you guys anyway?"" the Bugle Boy d...

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As bombs rattle the house and light the sky, the boy's toys, a Civil War bugle boy, a blustery British sergeant-major, and Perseus, come to life and set off across the attic to find the legendary bear.

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