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Brave Margaret : an Irish adventure
San Souci, Robert D.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.
Reading Level:
AD 600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 27971.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 2 Quiz: 20372 Guided reading level: NR.
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Margaret has a brave heart. She dreams of adventure and longs to travel to distant lands, so when a tall ship appears in the harbor, headed north to the Kingdoms of the Cold, Margaret won't be left behind.
But adventures are perilous things. Soon Margaret must face a ferocious sea serpent and even worse dangers. And she must discover the truth about an old woman with strange powers and mysterious plans, or she'll never find a way to bring herself and her true love safely home.
Acclaimed author Robert D. San Souci spins a tale of magic, battles, and romance in this traditional Irish story of a young woman whose courage astonishes her enemies -- and even herself.

Author Notes

Robert D. San Souci was born on October 10, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga. After holding jobs in book stores and in publishing, he became a full-time author in 1974.

He was best known for his adaptations of folklore for children. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 books for young readers including Song of Sedna, Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend, The Talking Eggs, Two Bear Cubs, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, Brave Margaret: An Irish Tale, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, and Cinderella Skeleton. He wrote 12 books which were illustrated by his younger brother Daniel San Souci including The Legend of Scarface, Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, and As Luck Would Have It: From The Brothers Grimm. He also wrote nonfiction works for children, several novels for adults, and the film story for Disney's Mulan.

The Legend of Scarface won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, and was a Horn Book honor list citation. Sukey and the Mermaid won the American Library Association's Notable Book citation in 1992 and Cut from the Same Cloth won an Aesop Award from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. He died on December 19, 2014 at the age of 68.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Adapted from an Irish folktale, this story tells of Margaret, a young woman who sets sail with handsome Simon and his crew only to be set upon by a sea serpent, washed ashore alone, and rescued by an old woman. The crone awaits a champion to slay the giant who has driven her from her castle. Simon arrives to find Margaret, stays to challenge the giant, and in the end is rescued by Margaret, after she realizes that she is the intended champion: "What fools we are for thinking it must be a man who slays that great, dirty giant!" San Souci's text is smoothly written, dramatic, and rhythmic enough to please a storyteller. Full of rich colors and textures, the large-scale illustrations, rendered in pastels, almost jump off the pages. They create a variety of moods as they capture the events and emotions of the tale. This is a good choice for children who like swashbuckling adventure with a heroine at center stage. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The heroine strikes a blow for womankind in this high-spirited tale set in ancient Ireland," said PW. "Comport uses dark and rugged pastels and varying perspective to capture the drama of Margaret's adventures." Ages 5-10. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 A quintessential hero tale with a feminist twist. Beautiful and courageous Margaret meets a handsome prince, Simon, and joins his seafaring crew. After she is separated from the ship, she defeats a sea serpent and is washed ashore to a witch's hut where a magic sword hangs. Rediscovered by Simon, Margaret prepares to leave but the old woman imprisons them with her sorceress's powers and demands the death of the giant at a nearby castle in return for their release. Simon fights and loses his life. Upon learning that she is the intended champion of the enchanted sword, Margaret faces the giant and wins. When the hag regains the castle, a magic potion restores her youth and Simon's life. All live happily ever after. An author's note credits this rousing adventure to a Gaelic source published in 1893, but contemporary readers will delight in the action, plot twists, and the familiar character types. The telling is tightly tailored and sometimes even terse; the dialogue is declarative and occasionally stilted. But the events that unfold are thrilling and ultimately satisfying. Done in vivid, fiery colors, flashier than those usually associated with traditional folklore, the full-page pastel illustrations give the overall effect of vigor and great drama. A surefire hit for storytimes, this is just plain good fun for fans of fairy tales and hero quests alike. Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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