Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
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Annotation: In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.
Catalog Number: #422697
Binding Type: Compact Disc
Publisher: Listening Library
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 4 sound discs (4 hrs., 23 min.)
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-307-71022-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-307-71022-2
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 4 3/4 in.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies: School Library Journal Starred Review , ALA Notable Recording , Kirkus Reviews , Odyssey Honor Audiobooks , Publishers Weekly , Voice of Youth Advocates
Word Count: 39,819
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 136589 (05/04/10) / grade: Middle Grades

Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someone  who walks with the help of two sticks.Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.