- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 0680 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (May 24, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141303484
- ISBN-13: 978-0141303482
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Iron Ring Paperback – May 24, 1999
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This semi-mystical epic adventure draws loosely on the great myths and literature of India. "The imaginative scope of the story and its philosophical complexities will make this an exciting journey for the reader," said PW. Ages 10-14. (July)
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About the Author
Born on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, storyteller Lloyd Alexander spent his childhood filling his imagination with fantasies about other lands and eras. For ten years of his writing career, Alexander wrote for adults, then changed gears and wrote fiction for young people. Alexander has received a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, a National Book Award, and several IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Awards. He is also the author of many ALA Notable Children’s Books and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.
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Known for exploring worldwide folklore, Alexander takes to the world of India for this. He explores mystical gods and makes a wonderful and powerful social commentary on the caste system.
It's the usual journey of growth and discovery, but that is always a great journey. I cry every time I read this, it touches me so.
Excellent piece from the awesome Lloyd Alexander.
I recommended it for young readers!
Although i'm 26 and am enjoying it as well.
Some concepts seem elementary (being a children's book), but the Morals are spot on!
Like many adventure stories, The Iron Ring establishes the hero and the villain without much ambiguity. However, the book's setting in the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism sets the stage for some interesting explorations of truth and illusion as the hero wonders if he is fulfilling his destiny or forsaking reality for a dream. Furthermore, the young king gains a stronger understanding and respect for the lives of those outside the life of his small kingdom, as his perception of the world around him grows. If you demand historical accuracy and drink your philosophy strong, this book is not for you. But if you're looking for a good straight-up adventure story, Lloyd Alexander is your man.