STORYTELLER by Edward Myers

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“Once upon a time,” begins the narrator of this richly imagined novel. But what follows is no ordinary fantasy full of dragons, elves, and wicked stepmothers. Yes, the tale involves a boy named Jack. But he’s not the one who climbed a beanstalk or slew seven giants with one blow. This Jack is a storyteller, a seventeen-year-old farm boy who sets off to seek his fortune in the royal city of Sundar.

Jack has many adventures and narrow escapes on his journey. He also meets an assortment of memorable characters—including a talking bird, a one-eyed robber, a mysterious illusionist, and a melancholy princess. Each has a tale to tell, and these accounts, along with Jack’s own stories and the framing narrative, are woven into a complex, dazzling tapestry that will capture the reader’s imagination. Through them, Edward Myers explores the power—for good and for evil—of the stories we all tell.

About Edward Myers

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Edward Myers is the author of 20 books for adults and 12 for children, including two middle-grade adventure novels, Climb or Die and Hostage (Hyperion). This is his first book for Clarion. He lives with his wife and two children near New York City.
Published July 21, 2008 by Clarion Books. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Elements from familiar folktales are interwoven with new twists and modern sensibilities in this many-layered story within a story that contains still more stories.

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