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The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha (original 1978; edition 1978)

by Lloyd Alexander

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Title:The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
Authors:Lloyd Alexander
Info:Dutton Juvenile (1978), Hardcover, 213 pages
Collections:My Library
Rating:*****
Tags:Children's/YA Fiction, Fantasy

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The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha by Lloyd Alexander (1978)

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The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is the tale of transformation.

A young worthless scamp is thrust into the kingship of an Arabian-style country. His few values influence his country, and his country's values influence him, and his advisors' lack of values push him to find more of his own.

It's not as dry as all that, though! The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is about

When his reforms go awry, Lukas flees across the desert in search of the land of jewels to help the people that his greedy advisors sought to conquer.

Lukas' wit and hilarity bring laughter, light, and joy to potentially dark moments.

A well-written book for all ages, not just children.

(Potential parental note: an astrologer does appear as a minor character multiple times, but little credit is given to his predictions and he admits that his calculations don't work. Also, Lukas does trick people to steal from them multiple times, but after he reforms, he only steals back things that have been stolen from him in order to prevent bloodshed. He attempts restitution by the end.) ( )
  Melody.Kondrael | Aug 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141300574, Paperback)

Lukas is in the town square, watching a seedy-looking magician--and the next thing he knows, he's drowning in a far-distant sea. When he comes ashore, the first people he meets hail him as king of Abadan. Being king is fine with Lukas; that is, it would be fine if everyone wasn't trying to murder him! A fantasy so original, told in such imaginative English, that it may be considered [Alexander's] peak performance. --Publishers Weekly Lloyd Alexander's many honors include a Newbery Medal for The High King, a Newbery Honor Award for The Black Cauldron, and two American Book Awards. His most recent novel is The Iron Ring (Dutton). He and his wife live in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

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After paying a silver penny to encourage a magician to perform in the town square, a carpenter's helper is conjured to a strange place where the people call him King of Abadan.

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