The Curse of the Raven Mocker by Marly Youmans

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A chilling fantasy based on Cherokee myth

It’s been weeks since Adanta’s sick father left on a quest to find the healing lake mentioned in the lore of the Cherokee. Since then a visitor has arrived, a man Adanta doesn't like – James, or, as she's styled him, the Lean One. One day, after witnessing him make a frightening incantation, Adanta finds that her mother has fallen under the Lean One's spell, and she is lured away from the cottage. Left alone in a remote area of the Smoky Mountains, Adanta has no choice but to venture forth into the wilderness, in the hope of finding both her parents. To accomplish this, she must journey to Adantis, the secret home of the Hidden People deep in the mountains.

On her quest, Adanta finds many friends, but she also encounters untold dangers, including the threat of the Raven Mockers – humans who take the form of birds and steal the remaining life from those who are hurt or ill. To protect herself, and potentially save her mother and be reunited with her father, will require all the strength and courage she can muster.

About Marly Youmans

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Marly Youmans is the author of five novels, numerous stories, and three books of poetry, including The Throne of Psyche (Mercer, 2011.) A native of the Carolinas, she now lives near the mouth of the Susquehanna with her husband and three children. Discover more about this author at www.
Published September 16, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 288 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She meets an old woman who claims to be her grandmother and who tells Adanta that her kin are the people of Adantis, a hidden mountain folk descended from the Cherokee, the Scotch-Irish settlers of Appalachia, and a few mythical creatures.

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Youmans’s world of the Hidden People, living somewhere behind and within the Smoky Mountains, is a fascinating land with its own logic and reality, and as much fantastic potential as L.

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