Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers, which School Library journal dubbed a lively adventure, and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.
Gr 3-6-In this sequel to Rowan of Rin (Greenwillow, 2001), the small but courageous protagonist has yet another adventure that proves heroism comes in many sizes. When an unexpected visit, and just as sudden departure, by the traditionally itinerant Travelers is followed by a mysterious sleeping sickness that descends on the village, Rowan and his companion must journey far to find the answers, and the protagonist takes a harrowing trip across the horrific Pit of Unrin. Rodda's likable characters, fast-paced action, tantalizing mystery, and unpredictable story line make for an exciting read. There are several references to the earlier title, but this one stands on its own and readers will look forward to more tales about the indomitable Rowan.-Trish Anderson, Pinkerton Elementary School, Coppell, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Emily Rodda's Rowan and the Travelers follows up on the magic begun in Rowan of Rin. Now, Rowan struggles to understand the mysterious sleeping sickness that takes over the town with the arrival of a nomadic tribe called the Travelers. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.