The Hero and the Crown
The Hero and the Crown

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Annotation: Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and the witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. Prequel to Blue Sword.
Catalog Number: #135476
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1984
Edition Date: 2002
Pages: 246 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-130981-4 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-4008-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-130981-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-4008-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 84004074
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Word Count: 87,370
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.0 / points: 15.0 / quiz: 227 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.8 / points:22.0 / quiz:Q05194
Lexile: 1050L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

A Newbery Medal Winner

Although she is the daughter of Damar's king, Aerin has never been accepted as full royalty. Both in and out of the royal court, people whisper the story of her mother, the witchwoman, who was said to have enspelled the king into marrying her to get an heir to rule Damar-then died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son. But none of them, not even Aerin herself, can predict her future-for she is to be the true hero who will wield the power of the Blue Sword...


“[The Hero and the Crown] confirms McKinley as an important writer of modern heroic fantasy, a genre whose giants include C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin.”—The Washington Post

“An utterly engrossing fantasy.”—The New York Times


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