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Robert C. O’Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Williams College and graduated from the University of Rochester. He was a writer and editor for Newsweek, National Geographic, and other publications. He lived in New York City and then in Washington, DC, with his wife and four children. Z for Zachariah—which is now a major motion picture starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor—was completed by his wife and daughter, with the help of his notes, after his death in 1973. He is also the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Silver Crown.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Aladdin Fantasy
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689841116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689841118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert C. O'Brien In real life, Robert C. O'Brien was Robert Leslie Conly. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Williams College and graduated from the Universtiy of Rochester. While there he studied piano at Eastman School of Music, and at one time considered being a musician. Instead, he became an editor and writer for Newsweek magazine from 1941 to 1944, and for Pathfinder from 1946 to 1951. From 1951 until the time of his death in 1973 he was employed as a writer and editor by the National Geographic Magazine. He made his home in New York City before 1944 and in Washington, D.C. after that. He also had a home in Morgan County, West Virginia, after 1965, a place he loved and visited as often as he could. He was married and the father of one son and three daughters. His books include The Silver Crown, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which won the Newbery Award, and A Report From Group 17. His last book, Z is for Zachariah was nearly completed at the time of his death; the last few chapters were written from notes by this wife and one of his daughters.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By M. Runyon on September 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book when I was 10 years old - the same age as the heroine, Ellen. I continued to check it out from my small town library over the years until I graduated and left home at 18.

The bits and pieces I retained in my memory were tantalising... an independent, strong-willed girl; a boy, rather wild and untamed; a CROWN, omigosh, it made her a princess, couldn't that happen to me?? And, of course, the all-controlling Hieronymus Machine, with its ebony streets and handsome, albeit evil king. But was the king truly evil, or just an unwitting pawn?

This book has some mature themes, of which parents should be aware. There is a fire that appears to have destroyed her entire family. There is a description of a murder to which Ellen is an eyewitness. She accepts a ride from a stranger who turns out to be the murderer. There is a journey on her own that exposes her to danger and hardship. I was, as were my children, mature for my age and gobbled it up like candy. It may be a little dark and unnerving for some kids. If you feel your child can separate fantasy from reality, then I highly recommend this book as an introduction to reading a more challenging book then the pablum that is typical for this age.

I swore that if I could find this book, I would retype it and post it on my website for everyone to read. When I finally did find it, I paid 150.00 for it. Two months later, it was re-issued!! Oh, well. My children, then ages 13 & 11, had also fallen in love with it, so I got them each a hardback. My son bought 6 paperbacks (out of his OWN money) and donated them to his Lit teacher's class so it would always be available. This is one of my all-time favourite books, which is saying a lot because I read books like most people eat lunch.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By George D. Gates on February 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I remember reading a book called The Silver Crown in third grade, and it's one of the most vivid memories I have of any book that I read as a child. I thought I must have been the only person that remembers it, but judging from the comments here, it struck a chord with a great many of us. It was one of those books that you feel a bit of a letdown once you finish, since there's no more of it to read. I remember a girl (Ellen?) in search of her family, whom she believes is dead. The ensuing adventure, in which she meets a boy, finds a castle-like building (I remember having to look up the word 'corrider' as a youngster), was a magical trip through the imagination that has helped fuel my passion for reading books to this day. If anybody can find a copy of this book, I highly recommend it for pre-teens.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Good news for all us who loved this book as a kid and can't getour hands on it (Thanks to Amazon for trying): In trying to track itdown, I know someone who spoke with Simon & Schuster the publisher and was told it would be reprinted in hardcover next February. I would recommend that anyone who hasn't read this book, child or adult, snap it up when it becomes available. END
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juclecia on August 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
My mother gave me this book as something to help pass the time between the fifth and sixth Harry Potter books (my searches are almost always in vain, however) When I first saw the book, I expected nothing more than your average fantasy novel...villian that doesn't do much, hero that has serious problems, clueless sidekicks.

But I was surprised.

For one, by the third chapter into the book, I was intrigued. Despite what I thought to be a very abrupt jolt into the plot line (second page of the book, believe it or not) I was not disappointed; the plot, although mainly quite twistless, kept you wanting to read more. The main character is someone most girls, preteens and early teens can feel comfortable reading about...namely, she's anything but perfect. The research behind the villian(s) was very well done, and I can't give this book anything less than an A+. Well done!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I remembered clearly that I read this book in 3rd grade. All my information are 100% correct.
It was about a girl named Ellen who once found a silver crown beside her on her bed when she woke up. She went to the woods and imgined a castle. However, a mysterious thing happened to her house and her family when the house mysteriously disappeared. She then went to find the help of a policeman and the policeman was shot by a mysterious green-masked man. Then Ellen decided to go to her aunt's house in Blue Oaks, Kentucky. She went to a gas station and met a strange man named Mr. Gates. He also wanted to go to Blue Oaks and he drove down a fake highway to the place. However, he seemed strange when he got periodical amnesia and Ellen decided to go alone to her aunt's house. In a gas station in a night, she ran away from the gas station into the woods and Mr. Gates never found her. Then she met a boy named Otto when she tried to get some drink. He took her to his house and slept their for many days. However, a stranger came looking for Ellen. The mother of Otto wanted Ellen to leave because it was safer for her and Ellen and Otto left on a deserted road. Many times, they had to struggle through caves, blockades and rivers. A stranger was periodically looking for Ellen for some unknown reason. Finally they had adventures in the Black Castle. There Otto was made a pupil of the fake school. Ellen sneaked in but she was later captured. She spent time in jail when she met Jenny, a jail guard and Brother Michael. She met the king with the Black Crown who told her about a missing Silver Crown. Ellen realized that she had buried it in a cave. Later, Ellen stole out of the castle and went to retrieve the crown with Jenny and Otto. Jenny stole it and Ellen returned to the castle.
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