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Travel Light (Peapod Classics) Kindle Edition

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Length: 156 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up

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"Disarmingly familiar, like a memory only half-recalled. You will love this book." -- Holly Black (Valiant, The Spiderwick Chronicles)

"Every page is full of magic and wonder.... well worth seeking out." -- Rambles

"Read it now!" -- Ursula K. Le Guin, author of Gifts

From the Publisher

Travel Light is the second title in the Peapod Classics reprint line. Peapod Classics is a new, handy-sized, occasional series from Small Beer Press. These are books we love so much -- books we missed being able to find in our favorite book shops -- that we had to bring them back into print. Each Peapod Classics title features a cover illustration by rising comics artist Kevin Huizenga.

Product Details

  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 1952
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VD1CDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Naomi Mitchison, author of over 70 books, died in 1999 at the age of 101. She was born in and lived in Scotland but traveled widely throughout the world. In the 1960s she was adopted as adviser and mother of the Bakgatla tribe in Botswana. Her books include historical fiction, science fiction, poetry, autobiography, and nonfiction, the most popular of which are The Corn King and the Spring Queen, The Conquered, and Memoirs of a Spacewoman.

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This slender book, first published in 1952, should be of interest both to the curious reader and to Naomi Mitchison fans. This is a story about magic, transformation and quest. In some respects it resembles Mitchison's much earlier novel, The Corn King and the Spring Queen, though more through thematic similarities than the style of writing. Both books have an engaging central heroine and both involve travel between various lands, actual and invented by the author herself, and both deal with religion and mystical forces. Travel Light, however, is suitable for young adults as well as grown-up readers. It is written in clear, precise English (which, admittedly, does come across as somewhat old-fashioned now). The tone of the writing is tinged with a certain sadness. But Travel Light it is not an even vaguely depressing book - the story is full of magic and mystery! The references to bears and dragons made me think of the sagas of Norse mythology (there are many fairy tale elements too) and, as ever with Naomi Mitchison's historical novels, the reader finds him or herself fully immersed in a captivating alien word. Travel Light a charming book which offers an easy read full of many pleasures.
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The new Queen took one loathing look at her dead predecessor's daughter and informed her spouse the King that the infant must go. The monarch not interested in female offspring or reminders of his late wife agrees so before she can crawl Princess Halla is tossed out of the castle to die. Her shapeshifting nurse turns into a bear to save her charge and takes Halla into the woods to live with her and her bear kin.

However, no one is available to tend to the child during hibernation until an aging dragon arrives changing the youngster from Halla Bearsbairn to Halla Heroesbane. She soars with her dragon who takes the human child to the dragon lair where they teach her their ways including abducting maidens. As the years pass, Halla looks forward to her wings, but they never arrive so she knows she must move on though she loves her mentors especially after her beloved Uggi dies. As a new religion based on the teachings of the Christ begins to move across the continent, Halla's adventures continue. these enabling her to become human and more than human.

Fans of Potter will enjoy this excellent reprint of a 1950s young adult fantasy starring a wonderful heroine and a terrific support cast who makes shapeshifters and dragons seem real. The story line is more a coming of age series of vignettes in the life of Halla with her fifteen adventures fun to follow especially soaring with dragons. Fans will appreciate this fine tale of a heroic child and the "heroes" who adopt her.

Harriet Klausner
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This book is a magical gem that transports the reader to the mythopoetic era, when angelic beings interact freely with ordinary mortals.
If you want to gain vision into paradise, lost or found, read this little beauty. Your mind will expand as you stretch your wings in the pages of this world. This parable teaches lessons that may take a person a lifetime to appreciate.
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I bought it because of a review on National Public Radio. I have yet to find any book loving friends, whether librarian, bookseller or just plain book reader who has ever heard of it. I sincerely hope that the review on NPR will encourage others to pick this up. It is fantasy of the Tolkein school, intelligent, well written and mesmerizing in the way all old hero tales are. And how I wish I had met the young heroine back in the 5th grade when I met Bilbo Baggins.
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Travel Light is a gorgeous, mesmerizing, haunting story that leaves you feeling ready for what its title encourages you to do--travel light. What's best--it does this under the guise of a fairy tale. But it's so much more!

Naomi Mitchinson is one of the forgotten greats of literature. This is the perfect story to start with rediscovering her work--and perhaps rediscovering yourself.
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Travel Light is a very refreshing change from the hive-mind sameness of modern fantasy. It is a short, fun read that has only one downside: You will sigh and roll your eyes when the same old stock characters and tropes appear in the next book you read.
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Beautiful story, especially the first act. Deus ex machnia gets excessive as the story goes on. The ending or third act seems rushed. I would recommend to nerdy readers but not more casual readers. It's a good read but not five-stars.
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This book is awesome ! I loved the part where she was carried into the woods by her nurse who turned into a bear. (This review courtesy of my eight year old daughter)
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