His Majesty's Elephant by Judith Tarr

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When Rowan, the emperor’s youngest daughter, discovers a magical plot to kill her father, she must overcome her fear of magic to save him. “An appealing work, lightly touched with genuine period detail but focusing more on a prickly preadolescent not-quite-friendship, family ties, and a girl’s reluctant awakening to magic.”--LOCUS

About Judith Tarr

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Judith Tarr, 1955 - Writer Judith Tarr was born in 1955 in Maine. She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Medieval studies from Yale. She also received an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University and a B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke. Some of the titles written by Tarr include "The Golden Horn" (1985), "The Hound and the Falcon" (1986), "Avaryan Rising" (1988), "Alamut" (1989), "The Daggar and the Cross" (1991), "The Lord of Two Lands" (1993), "Pillar of Fire" (1995) and the juvenile book "His Majesty's Elephant.
Published January 29, 2013 by Book View Cafe. 149 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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and aside from commenting that the real animal lived only another eight years, Tarr doesn't differentiate fact from fiction (or from the legends accruing to the historical emperor) for curious young readers.

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Sparkling and witty, Tarr's (the Hound and the Falcon trilogy) latest phantasmagory takes readers back to the Middle Ages and the court of Charlemagne as it never was (but probably should have been).

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