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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857560905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857560902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Embraces the magic of myths, with animal transformations and transporting dreams. Movingly, it is above all about the power of a mother's love and how much anyone facing death would want to live" (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times)

"This new title, in its elegance, wisdom and lyricism, provides a poignant coda to Siobhan Dowd's earlier achievements" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)

"A beautiful, mystical fable for our time . . . The Ransom of Dond is a book to be read aloud or alone. It provides a marvellous opportunity for storytelling and discussion" (Clare Morpurgo The School Librarian)

"One of the most attractively produced works of junior fiction" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)

"A riveting story . . . Raises questions about religion and highlights the dangers of ignorance. But equally, it is a tale of love and family, and their ability to conquer all . . . As a physical thing, it is a beautiful book. From the dustcover to the endpapers, it is a joy to hold" (Children's Books Ireland - Inis magazine)

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'The thirteenth child to a woman born. Any such child should be sacrificed to Dond at age thirteen and thirteen years of good fortune would follow. Otherwise Inniscaul would be no more...'

Darra, chosen and cursed by the dark god, Dond, lives in a tiny emerald island world, lashed by white-tipped waves. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, only the truth and a mother's kiss can set her free.

The beautiful, compelling, final story from Siobhan Dowd, with stunning illustrations from Pam Smy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is pretty much a modern telling of an Irish folk tale. Set in a far-off time, the 13th child on her 13th birthday must be sacrificed for her village to earn 13 years of luck.

It's very Irish and evocative in the telling, and is either a 30 minute read for an adult or a 2-3 session read with a child. The illustrations are lovely, distinctive and suited to the dark tale.

There are fantasy elements to the story - talking animals, curses, mysteries. There are family ties, sacrifice and escape - all in less than 90 pages of story.

I loved Bog Child and A Monster Calls and this tale reminds us that Siobhan Dowd had much more to give as a writer.

A lovely little story worth sharing.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2016
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This is a beautiful folk story, simple but profound and made particularly special by the stunning illustrations by Pam Smy. I am a fan of Siobhan Dowd's work, although I have to say that I prefer her teen/Ya books to this, however this is one for younger readers that might open a door to her other work and as such well worth reading. It's slightly old fashioned in terms of pacing and I feel it would work best as a book to share with an adult rather than a book a child would pick or enjoy independently. It takes a bit of discussion I think to unlock its treasure.
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A short Irish fable with lots of evocative blue/black and white drawings illustrating it. Not sure if it is a true myth, but it's reminiscent of many other superstition and tradition tales where a sacrifice has to be made in order to appease the Gods.
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Drawing deep from the well of fairy tale but always with an eye (and an ear) to modern readers with relevant issues, The Ransom Of Dond is deceptively simple and powerfully effective storytelling.
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Siabhan Dowd is the best writer for children of her generation! Unfortunately not with us now... but nevertheless. This is an absolutely brilliant short book.
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