"Reminiscent of Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea books…this proposed series could be a stand-out."
Enter a land of volcanoes and earthquakes, plagues and typhoons, of island nations separated by water but bound by fear of the spirits they imprisoned to control their volatile environment. In Racing the Dark, the first act in a grand dance of loyalty, love, sacrifice, and death is about to begin.
Title Racing the Dark
Author Alaya Dawn Johnson
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 10 September 2007
Nb of pages
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781932841282
Publication Date 26 October 2007
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
Weight 20.8 oz.
List Price $15.60
Nb of pages 386 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572846234
Main content page count 386
List Price $9.99
Nb of pages 368 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781932841442
Publication Date 28 August 2009
Main content page count 368
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
Weight 18 oz.
List Price $9.72
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"The prose is lyrical and metaphorical, in a style similar to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist… The complex plot requires careful reading but the effort is worth it. Teens who enjoyed Ursula Le Guin’s Always Coming Home will like this novel, and many readers will identify with a character facing adult responsibilities while still feeling like a child."
“This is a terrific coming of age fantasy thriller starring a thirteen year old girl whose rite of passage into adulthood takes a dark turn when she finds the special blood gem. Readers will feel they have entered Johnson’s Island (not the military base in the Pacific) realm as the geography and climate come across rather influentially and powerfully."- Harriet Klausner, October 29, 2007
Alaya Dawn Johnson discusses her thoughts on young adult fantasy and how it influenced her book, Racing the Dark.
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Alaya Dawn Johnson answers questions about the influences and themes of her book, Racing the Dark.
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