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Nominated for the
2006 Harvey Darton Award
Quests and Kingdoms
A Grown-Up's Guide to
Children's Fantasy Literature
July 2005 • 459pp• ISBN 0968802443
$30 (US) • £20 (UK) • $36 (Can)
"In an engaging and highly readable style, Johansen’s enthusiasm and knowledge for her subject captivates her reader... Quests and Kingdoms is an informed and informative work highly recommended for reader’s advisory, teachers of language arts and fantasy collections." -CM Magazine (Volume XII Number 2, Sept 16 2005)
'What truly amazes, though, is Johansen's reliability and depth of knowledge...and her accuracy with facts...The sheer volume of knowledge on display here could earn Johansen honors for scholarship. This is a truly useful reference book...'
Fantasy has become an increasingly popular genre of children's literature in recent years, but teachers, parents, or librarians who do not read much fantasy themselves can feel a bit overwhelmed when looking for something to recommend to a young reader who has finished the latest book by Rowling or Jacques. Quests and Kingdoms provides a basis from which an adult unfamiliar with the genre of children's fantasy literature may explore it. Quests is an historical survey for the interested general reader, which will be of great practical value to library and education professionals as well. Though the aim is to give adults concerned with bringing children (or teens) and books together a familiarity with the children's fantasy genre and its history, for those who already know and love the classics of children's fantasy Quests will be an introduction to works and authors they may have missed.
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