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In this addition to his Vesper Holly adventures, she and her guardian, Brinnie, head to the remote desert city of Bel-Saaba in Jedera (in North Africa). "The author succeeds in combining impeccably paced adventure with a thoughtful, compassionate evocation of a foreign land," wrote PW. Ages 10-14.
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Grade 6-10-- Number four in the Vesper Holly adventures, this time our always - intrepid heroine must return an overdue library book--a rare, valuable, very overdue library book--to the famed library at Bel-Saaba, in the North African country of Jedera. There's something here for everyone: a mysterious desert chieftain, a forbidden love, even an early flying machine. Following his formula in his own pleasant way, Alexander sees Vesper and her guardian Brinnie through encounters with slave traders, desert wars, and the evil Dr. Helvitius, Vesper's arch rival. As in the previous titles, Alexander does a nice job in giving a sense of reality to foreign (and fantastic) locations, filling them with "local" color. Light-hearted and breezy (although for more sophisticated readers because of the high reading level), this is easy to booktalk and sure to be popular with fans of the earlier Vesper Holly escapades. --Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Library
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The plot is definately weaker then its friends, but it still is very good. Vesper is as smart as ever and Brinnie as dramatic. Four Stars.Published on Nov. 25 2001
Lloyd Alexander is one of the best authors of our time, and this book solidifies that fact.Published on Sept. 22 1998
I really HATED this book. It was so wierd with the strange way they talked and it has a stupid plot. They have to return a book and a bunch of stuff happens along the way? PLEASE! Read morePublished on Oct. 12 1997