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After Hamelin (2000) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Implicit in many folk and fairy tales is the question, 'Then what?'

After Hamelin picks up the story where the Robert Browning poem -- or other tellings of The Pied Piper of Hamelin -- leaves off. In a quest that is both contemporary and timeless, Richardson creates a magical world through inventive wordplay, uninhibited imagination and a facility with rhyme. Here is a raconteur who spins a narrative tale that takes readers into strange lands inhabited by unusual characters, both good and evil, where adventure abounds and unlikely saviors emerge.

Penelope is 101 years old, but she can remember the story like it happened yesterday. On the morning of her eleventh birthday, she wakes to discover she can no longer hear. It is on this same day that the Piper returns to Hamelin to spirit the children away in an evil act of revenge upon the townspeople. Spared because she is deaf to the Piper's bewitching tune, Penelope is left to grieve the loss of her friends and beloved sister Sophy until Cuthbert, the wise man of the village, reveals that Penelope possesses the unusual gift of deep dreaming. Armed only with a charm from Cuthbert and her own courage, Penelope enters the land of sleep on a treacherous quest to rescue the stolen children.
(from the publisher)

Original title: After Hamelin
Original languages: English


Genre: Fairy Tales & FolkloreReinterpretations
FictionChildren & Young AdultFantasy

Edition #1: After Hamelin

After Hamelin (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Delightful and thoughtful ... This intriguing tale invents a complete and believable alternative world." Napra Review
  • "Full of wonderful characters like Quentin, a dragon that skips rope, the tale bounces along quickly." School Library Journal
  • "The writing is detailed and lively, peppered with rope-rhymes and songs ... excellent fantasy." Timothy Capehart, Voice of Youth Advocates
  • "Blending aspects of classical myth and literary fantasy, the tale builds to a fine resolution and casts a hypnotic spell." Booklist
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After Hamelin (September 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Annick Press
ISBN: 1550376284
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.54 x .71
Pages: 144

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