On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him-a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!
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Jenny Nimmo is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Charlie Bone series as well as GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, THE DRAGON'S CHILD, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Several of her books have been awarded and shortlisted for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.
From the opening music to the first note of narrator John Keating's beautifully accented voice, the listener is transported to the Welsh countryside. The recording opens on Gwyn's tenth birthday as his grandmother, Nain, declares, "It's time to find out if you're a magician." She leaves him with five unusual gifts, which Gwyn finds to be "improbable effects" for a magician. Nain tells Gwyn to "give the gifts to the wind." John Keating manages not only Nain's wonderful aged voice, but the sense that she is throwing her final words over her shoulder. He also imbues the word "wind" with a haunting foreshadowing of mystery and power. With narration like this, it is as if John Keating were himself the snow spider, spinning richness into Jenny Nimmo's tale. K.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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