Heroes of the Valley
Heroes of the Valley is a 2009 fantasy adventure novel written by English writer Jonathan Stroud. The protagonist of the series is a boy from a village nestled atop a mountain. Development for the book began in 2006, following the end of Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, finished in the summer of 2008. Stroud has stated that: "I’ve always liked reading Norse myths and legends, the Icelandic Sagas, written in the Middle Ages by the descendents of Vikings; the Sagas are interesting because they mix ordinary domestic stories about farms and families with sudden bits of supernatural stuff, featuring ghosts and trolls. The fantasy never takes over. I was keen to try a saga of my own, which would explore themes of story-telling and family life, began jotting down a few fragments of story." Halli Sveinsson loves to hear stories from the days when the valley was a wild and dangerous place, besieged by the bloodthirsty Trow. Now farming has taken over from fighting Trows, to Halli's disappointment, heroics seem a thing of the past.
But when a practical joke rekindles an old blood feud, he sees a chance for a daring quest of his own. The tale begins with the Battle of the Rock being told to a child; this was when twelve heroes of the valley joined together to fight the ruthless Trows who were devastating the land. Taking up positions on a large rock, they were attacked at dusk by the Trows, who they fended off all night. In the morning, when the people returned to see what had happened, all were dead and Heroes, including Svein, their leader; the heroes were buried under cairns along the borders of the valley with their swords, so that in death, they could guard the boundaries from the Trows. As long as no one crosses the cairn border, the legends say, no Trows can enter the Valley. Many years Halli is born, he is a short and headstrong boy who longs for the days of the Heroes, when a man could fight for what he wanted and take what he could win. He longs to leave the valley, now ruled by a Council of women who demand peace and equality in the land.
They have outlawed other weapons to discourage wars. Halli looks much like his uncle Brodir, whom he adores, he is the third and last child in his family, who are Arnkel, his father and Arbiter of Svein's House, his mother and Law-Giver of Svein's House, his older brother, in line for the Arbiter after Arnkel, his sister and Brodir, the only relative who seems to get along with him. When his uncle is murdered by the rival house of Hakonssons, Halli sets off to avenge him, he thinks that he will have a hero's quest of his own. But during his journey, Halli realizes that he isn't the pitiless avenging killer that he thought he could be, his interference and thirst for revenge leads two men to their deaths, he becomes sick with guilt. He returns home to his relieved yet angry family, his distrusting and fearful fellow villagers, his actions lead to an attack by the House of Hakon, he alone can accept responsibility and take charge of his defenseless village. The enemy arrives and they have an obvious advantage—swords.
Halli realizes that his peoples' only hope is if he lures the enemy in the dark past the cairn boundaries. He does so with the help of his friend, Aud Arnsdottir, to his relief, it works; the Hakonssons are eaten by monsters in the moorlands. However and Aud come under attack. Much like the heroes of old, they take their last stand on a large rock and await the unseen monsters. Jonathan Stroud's journal
Library of Congress Classification
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It was designed for the purposes and collection of the Library of Congress to replace the fixed location system developed by Thomas Jefferson. By the time Putnam departed from his post in 1939, all the classes except K and parts of B were well developed. LCC has been criticized for lacking a sound theoretical basis. Although it divides subjects into broad categories, it is enumerative in nature; that is, it provides a guide to the books in one library's collections, not a classification of the world. In 2007 The Wall Street Journal reported that in the countries it surveyed most public libraries and small academic libraries used the older Dewey Decimal Classification system; the National Library of Medicine classification system uses the initial letters W and QS–QZ, which are not used by LCC. Some libraries use NLM in conjunction with LCC. Others include Medicine R. Subclass AC -- Collections. Series. Collected works Subclass AE – Encyclopedias Subclass AG – Dictionaries and other general reference works Subclass AI – Indexes Subclass AM – Museums.
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The Screaming Staircase
The Screaming Staircase is a middle grade thriller novel by Jonathan Stroud. It is the first book in a series titled Lockwood & Co. and was released on 29 August 2013 by Random House in the United Kingdom, by Disney-Hyperion in the United States on 17 September 2013. The story is set in an alternate modern day London which experiences an event called "the Problem", where ghosts appear throughout the city by nighttime and attack the living. Agencies have arisen to fend off the ghosts and protect the public, for a fee, but put themselves in extreme danger in the process. However, only children and teenagers have the "talent", and so the agencies under with the leadership of people who have passed their ghost-sensitive ages and with the youth whose talents are instrumental in solving a haunting. All of the agencies but one; that one exception is Co.. The story follows the agency of Lockwood & Co.. The agency is run and led by Anthony Lockwood and has only one other member prior to Lucy's joining: a boy named George Cubbins.
Using their different skills and "talents", they investigate and solve hauntings. As the series progresses, deeper mysteries unravel about the truths behind the ghosts and the Problem. A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts and spectres are appearing throughout the city, they are not friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to eradicate these unnatural foes. Many different Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, they are in fierce competition for business. In'The Screaming Staircase', the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy and their sarcastic colleague, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
Lucy Carlyle: The newest member of Lockwood & Co. and the narrator of the book, Lucy is 15 years old. And is described as quick to start a fight, she was known in earlier revisions as Lucy Purser. The daughter of a stationmaster in the North of England, she joined a local agency at an early age. However, after a disastrous case resulting in the loss of her fellow agents, Lucy left her former employment and family to start again in London. Lucy's Talent lies in her empathy through touch. Anthony Lockwood: The leader of Lockwood & Co. referred to as just Lockwood. He is described as "dashing" and "a bit reckless", his Talent is a sharp "sight" - seeing ghosts and deathglows, the psychic residue left by a violent death. Lockwood is known for his quick yet thorough approach to hauntings and prides himself on his abilities, he is a mysterious young man. George Cubbins: Anthony's deputy, quite cynical, he is a little slovenly. George is much more focused on research and preparation than the other two agents, prefers a longer waiting time between assignments.
He gets along with his fellow agent Lucy, however shares a strong passion with Anthony Lockwood. He is quite attached to a skull in a glass jar which he owns; the skull is possessed by a ghost. Suzie Martin: The daughter of Mrs. Hope, she meets Lockwood & Co. in her mother's absence, so they can investigate the presence of a Visitor in her family's home. She is quite sceptical of. Annie Ward: A young woman who returns as a type-two ghost following her death. Lockwood & Co. encounter her at the beginning of the book, go on to solve the mystery of her murder. Her Source is a locket which Co. found around the neck of her corpse. Both she and Lucy share a strong psychic connection. Inspector Barnes: An investigator of DEPRAC, based at Scotland Yard. Barnes seems to disapprove of and dislike Lockwood and George, however cooperates with them in the case of Annie Ward Sir John William Fairfax: The wealthy industrialist who owns the haunted Combe Carey Hall, assigns Lockwood & Co. the mystery within the mansion and offers them the money needed to save the company from debt.
Hugo Blake: Annie Ward's 22-year-old boyfriend, accused of murdering Annie Ward. A sequel to the book, titled The Whispering Skull, was released in September 2014. A second sequel, titled The Hollow Boy, was released in September 2015; the fourth book in the series, The Creeping Shadow, was released in September 2016. The final book, The Empty Grave, was released in September 2017; the film rights were acquired in December 2012 by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, making this the first live-action project for the former. The film, titled Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, was to be produced by Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri. However, in September 2017, it was announced that Big Talk Productions had optioned the rights to Lockwood & Co. with plans to adapt it into a television series
Jonathan Anthony Stroud is a British writer of fantasy fiction for children and young adults. Born in 1970 in Bedford, Stroud began to write stories at a young age, he grew up in St Albans where he attended St Albans Boys' School. He enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom, he would occupy himself with stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and gained success. Among his most prominent works are the best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons; this is done by telling the story from the perspective of the sarcastic and egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus.
The books in this series, his first to be published in the United States, are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, Ptolemy's Gate, prequel The Ring of Solomon. Stroud lives in St Albans, with his three children, Isabelle and Louis, his wife Gina, an illustrator of children's books. In 2013, Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase was released, achieved high critical acclaim, with Rick Riordan calling Stroud a "genius". The second book, The Whispering Skull, was released in September 2014. A third novel, titled The Hollow Boy, was announced through a competition orchestrated by Stroud, asking readers to send in an idea for a Ghost to feature in the third story; the fourth book, The Creeping Shadow, was published in 2016, the last book in the series, The Empty Grave, was published in 2017. Justin Credible’s Word Play World The Viking Saga of Harri Bristlebeard The Hare and the Tortoise Walking through the Jungle The Little Red Car Alfie’s Big Adventure Buried Fire Little Spike and Long Tail Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Leap The Last Siege The Lost Treasure of Captain Blood Heroes of the Valley Ancient Rome: A Guide to the Glory of Imperial Rome Life and Times in Ancient Rome Bartimaeus SequenceThe Amulet of Samarkand The Golem's Eye Ptolemy's Gate The Ring of Solomon Lockwood & Co.
The Screaming Staircase The Whispering Skull The Hollow Boy The Creeping Shadow The Empty Grave"The Dagger in the Desk" The Ghost of Shadow Vale Official website Jonathan Stroud at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Jonathan Stroud on Tumblr Jonathan Stroud at Library of Congress Authorities, with 16 catalogue records Library resources in your library and in other libraries by Jonathan Stroud
The Leap is a fantasy novel by Jonathan Stroud, published in 2001. It centres on a girl. Everyone says that Max has drowned, but Charlie thinks differently: she was in the mill-pool with him, knows what she saw; when she begins to see him in her dreams, her hopes are raised. It seems the reunion, but where is Max leading her? And will she be able to return? The story weaves a fantasy into everyday life, but for the most part it is confined to Charlie's dreams. With only a few clues, the reader is kept guessing whether it is all in Charlie's imagination, or whether there is a reality behind the dream. No simple answer is given at the end. After the high adventures of Buried Fire, I was interested in a more low-key and subtle investigation of how fantasy and reality collide; the book is split between the perspectives of Charlie, who believes something strange has happened, her brother James, who doesn’t. It is up to the reader to decide. - Jonathan Stroud Charlotte "Charlie" Fetcher Protagonist. At the beginning of the story, Charlie witnesses the drowning at a mill pool of her best friend, Max.
Her memories of the events are fanciful, involving a vision of Max in the water, being kidnapped by strange women with bright green eyes. Her doctor, Peter Andover, believes these memories are the cause of asphyxiation, for the restriction of blood to the brain may induce visual disturbance, such as prolonged dreamlike hallucinations, her mother and James, her brother are skeptic of her tale. In spite of this Charlie continues to believe what she had seen. Charlie has vivid dreams in a fantastic land, where she attempts to find Max. At times she is always to far off to catch up with, she keeps a dream journal. After many nights of trying to find Max, Charlie meets in one of her dreams a stranger named Kit who wants to help her in her quest to find Max, he tells Charlie that Max is what is known in this country as a Walker and that all the Walkers are going to The Great Fair, which celebrates the coming of winter. At The Great Fair there is a Great Dance. Kit tells Charlie that if Max were to join the dance he would be of this country and will forget not only Charlie, but all of his past life.
He tells her that there are many entrances to his country, through dreams and "true" entrances, like the mill pool, the only way to catch up to Max was by searching for entrances in the day. These entrances are the places Max once loved since he is still close to his "old country". Following more dreams, Charlie makes it to the fair by sleepwalking, she makes it to the Great Dance but it had started. She can see Max amongst the other dancers; when Charlie realizes she is now lost to him, she's devastated. Kit emerges from the crowds watching the dance and tells Charlie it isn't too late, she can join Max in the dance. Kit tells her to take Max's hand and leap, but when she sees Max's emotionless eyes she does not dance, despite Kit's desperate commands to do so. Everyone around her loses their beauty and scream in anger, Kit the loudest amongst them, but now Max has let go of Charlie's hand freed from the dance, he peacefully disappears. James Fetcher Charlie's older brother. Through James's eyes the reader is given a look at a more "practical" side of the story.
He cares much for Charlie but worries about her, hoping she isn't going mad. He annoys Charlie since she thinks he doesn't understand her and her situation, he once wakes Charlie before she tastes a fruit that would grant her desire, takes her to Max. From James's view, Charlie was becoming more and more ill in her sleep, her color draining with each second; this only worsens things for James. James discovers his sister's dream journal where Charlie writes about her hunt for Max; this only worries James more. He trails Charlie when she sleepwalks, following her to a quarry and tries to keep her from walking over the edge to her demise, he trips and was unable to reach her. Once he gets to her she wakes up and speaks his name. Kit Kit is a tall, thin man with curly brown hair and green eyes who Charlie befriends in one of her dreams where she searches for Max, he gives her advice in her quest to find Max and at another time finds her a rare fruit that grants desires, which would have helped speed up her search if James hadn't woken her.
Max Max was Charlie's best friend. He was a cheerful boy and they spent much time together, all the way up until his fall into the mill pool. Max's departure from Charlie's life was what set the rest of the story in motion, being such an important person in Charlie's psyche. A page about The Leap on Jonathan Stroud's official website
Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books and poems that are enjoyed by children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader. Children's literature can be traced to stories and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed; the development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. After printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were created for adults and adapted for a younger audience. Since the fifteenth century much literature has been aimed at children with a moral or religious message; the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature", because many classic children's books were published then. There is no single or used definition of children's literature, it can be broadly defined as anything that children read or more defined as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama intended for and used by children and young people.
One writer on children's literature defines it as "all books written for children, excluding works such as comic books, joke books, cartoon books, non-fiction works that are not intended to be read from front to back, such as dictionaries and other reference materials". However, others would argue that comics should be included: "Children's Literature studies has traditionally treated comics fitfully and superficially despite the importance of comics as a global phenomenon associated with children"; the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature notes that "the boundaries of genre... are not fixed but blurred". Sometimes, no agreement can be reached about whether a given work is best categorized as literature for adults or children; some works defy easy categorization. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series was written and marketed for young adults, but it is popular among adults; the series' extreme popularity led The New York Times to create a separate best-seller list for children's books.
Despite the widespread association of children's literature with picture books, spoken narratives existed before printing, the root of many children's tales go back to ancient storytellers. Seth Lerer, in the opening of Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, says, "This book presents a history of what children have heard and read... The history I write of is a history of reception." Early children's literature consisted of spoken stories and poems that were used to educate and entertain children. It was only in the eighteenth century, with the development of the concept of childhood, that a separate genre of children's literature began to emerge, with its own divisions and canon; the earliest of these books were educational books, books on conduct, simple ABCs—often decorated with animals and anthropomorphic letters. In 1962, French historian Philippe Ariès argues in his book Centuries of Childhood that the modern concept of childhood only emerged in recent times.
He explains that children were in the past not considered as different from adults and were not given different treatment. As evidence for this position, he notes that, apart from instructional and didactic texts for children written by clerics like the Venerable Bede and Ælfric of Eynsham, there was a lack of any genuine literature aimed at children before the 18th century. Other scholars have qualified this viewpoint by noting that there was a literature designed to convey the values and information necessary for children within their cultures, such as the Play of Daniel from the 12th century. Pre-modern children's literature, tended to be of a didactic and moralistic nature, with the purpose of conveying conduct-related and religious lessons. During the 17th century, the concept of childhood began to emerge in Europe. Adults saw children as separate beings, innocent and in need of protection and training by the adults around them; the English philosopher John Locke developed his theory of the tabula rasa in his 1690 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
In Locke's philosophy, tabula rasa was the theory that the mind is at birth a "blank slate" without rules for processing data, that data is added and rules for processing are formed by one's sensory experiences. A corollary of this doctrine was that the mind of the child was born blank and that it was the duty of the parents to imbue the child with correct notions. Locke himself emphasized the importance of providing children with "easy pleasant books" to develop their minds rather than using force to compel them, he suggested that picture books be created for children. In the nineteenth century, a few children's titles became famous as classroom reading texts. Among these were the fables of Aesop and Jean de la Fontaine and Charles Perraults's 1697 Tales of Mother Goose; the popularity of these texts led to the creation of a number of nineteenth-century fantasy and fairy tales for children which featured magic objects and talking animals. Another influence on this shift in attitudes came from Puritanism, which stressed the importance of individual salvation.
Puritans were concerned with the spiritual welfare of their children, there was a large growth in the publication of "good godly books" aimed squarely at children. Some of the most popular works were by James Janeway, but the most enduring book from this movement, still read toda
The Ring of Solomon
The Ring of Solomon is a children's novel of alternate history and magic reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, but much darker in tone. It is a prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud; the first edition was published in Oct. 2010 by Doubleday in UK. The book follows the early adventures of Bartimaeus in service to King Solomon; the story is set in a fantasy version of ancient Jerusalem, during the reign of biblical King Solomon, about 950BCE. Solomon, biblical King of Israel, ~970-931BC Asmira, captain of the guard for Queen of Sheba Balkis Ezekiel, a magician in service to Solomon Khaba the Cruel Bartimaeus, a mid-level djinn Faquarl, a djinn Ammet, a marid Spirit of the Ring Philocretes, an afrit High Magicians of Solomon Ring of Solomon The story opens in Jerusalem with the djinni Bartimaeus in the service of one of the seventeen High Magicians of King Solomon of Israel, whom the king rules with the use of a mighty Ring. Ezekiel commands Bartimaeus to retrieve a magical artifact from the ancient city of Eridu.
Bartimaeus succeeds, tricks the magician into commanding him to use the artefact against him. It sends a spurt of water at him. Bartimaeus devours the old man and by the magician's death is released and returns to the Other Place; the king, upon learning of Bartimaeus's murder of Ezekiel, is insulted that a mere djinni is the perpetrator. To make Bartimaeus pay for his actions he commands Khaba, an Egyptian and another of the seventeen, to summon Bartimaeus back into his service and punish him; the king proposes to the queen of Sheba and is refused. The scene shifts to the Sheban capital of Marib where Balkis, the aforementioned queen, receives a message from a fierce marid in Solomon's service: either pay a ransom of 40 sacks of frankincense or be destroyed, gives her two weeks to pay. Balkis decides to send her loyal guard captain Asmira to Jerusalem to assassinate Solomon. Back in Jerusalem, now in Khaba's service, Bartimaeus is commanded to perform many degrading jobs, including grain counting, sewage treatment, artichoke collecting.
Another unpleasant element is. Khaba assembles the eight djinn under his command and informs them that they have been commissioned to build Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mount and that they are to build it without using any magic whatsoever. Bartimaeus uses his trademark wit to infuriate Khaba and the magician unleashes his flail upon the djinn and threatens to place them in his essence cages should they displease him a second time. At first and his subordinate supervise the stages of construction but after a while they stop showing up at the building site and the attitudes of the djinn grow lax, they start using magic to build the temple. Several days Solomon makes an unexpected appearance on the building site; the other djinn manage to revert to human form and disguise their use of magic but Bartimaeus is caught in the form of a pygmy hippopotamus in a skirt. The king interrogates Bartimaeus and the djinni reluctantly admits his guilt while covering for the other spirits; as Solomon prepares to use the Ring on Bartimaeus, the djinni resorts to grovelling to appease the king.
Bartimaeus's pathetic display amuses Solomon, who agrees to spare the djinni's life and instead punishes him by sending them to hunt down the local bandits. Several days out in the desert and Faquarl find and defeat bandits attacking the traveller Asmira. Faquarl insists on eating her but Bartimaeus hopes she can intercede with Khaba on their behalf. Asmira is escorted to Jerusalem by Khaba and manages to persuade him to reluctantly dismiss the two djinn. Faquarl gains his freedom but Bartimaeus is imprisoned in a small bottle by Khaba and his principal slave, the marid Ammet, as punishment for his earlier crimes. Asmira fails. Asmira commands him as his new master to help her kill Solomon; the pair sneak through the palace gardens and scale the tower wall to Solomon's chamber, evading obstacles through Bartimaeus' magical efforts. They encounter the king in his observatory and Asmira stabs him with her dagger, only to discover that it is an illusion set up to trap them. Bartimaeus escapes. Meanwhile Bartimaeus encounters the trapped afrit Philocretes and learns the secret behind Solomon and the Ring, that it causes immense pain to the bearer, in this case King Solomon.
He sneaks into the chamber where Solomon is interrogating Asmira and steals the Ring. Asmira takes the Ring from him, only to discover that its energies indeed inflict pain upon whoever touches it or uses it. Solomon maintains that he never sent any ransom demand to Sheba, which causes Asmira to doubt herself and her loyalty to Queen Balkis. In the end, Asmira refrains from killing the king, choosing instead to take the Ring back to Sheba in spite of Solomon's warnings and Bartimaeus' demoralising analysis of her motives. Khaba arrives, subdues both girl and djinni and claims the Ring for himself. Khaba commands the Spirit of the Ring to destroy several of his rival magicians as well as Solomon's palace, but Asmira manages to use her last throwing knife to slice off Khaba's finger, with the ring still on it, commands Bartimaeus to throw it into