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The Ransom of Dond (2013)
by Siobhan Dowd
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0857560905, Hardcover)Siobhan Dowd gave us four extraordinary novels before she died in 2007. This is her last story, a final gift to those who know and love her work, and a glittering invitation to those who have yet to discover it. Siobhan draws us irresistibly into Darra's tiny emerald island world, lashed by white-tipped waves, at the mercy of the dark god, Dond. Only the truth and a mother's kiss can set them free. This is a tale to be treasured, a haunting tale of love and fate and truth. Pam Smy's beautiful two-colour drawings announce her as a leading children's illustrator and the astonishing blend of words and pictures takes us all into that timeless world of story. The Ransom of Dond comes to us like a gift from the past.
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This is the haunting story of Darra - who, as the 13th child to be born to her mother, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns 13 she'll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle.
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