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Drujienna's Harp

Ellen McKenzie is having Drujienna's Harp reprinted! She's doing it through a company called Inkling, which describes itself as "a full service printing company"--I guess sort of like Lulu?

Drujienna's Harp is a curious YA/middle grade adventure story. Two children, Tha and her younger brother, enter an antique shop and are pulled out of this world and into Tpal, a world of concentric circles. They are entangled in a prophecy that relates to the three ages of the world, and chances for restoration or destruction. So far, so typical, you may be thinking, but what makes the story different is the uniqueness of the places and the world as a whole (a reviewer on Amazon says "I think the startling landscape that serves as a backdrop for the story is half the beauty of the story"), and the sensitivity and realism with which all the characters are drawn. You travel to the edges of the world with the characters, and when you meet an eventual prince, he's not at all what you're expecting. People's choices aren't easy ones; temptations are hard to resist. But mainly, the thing I recall--and when I read it, I was older than the target audience--was how completely entrancing the world was.

And the prophecy rocks! I loved it so much that I copied it down, with illustrations, when I was a freshman in college. Behold (um... yeah, you'll have to click on it a couple of times to make it a beholdable size...):

You can order it on Amazon here.

Those of you who remember this book with as much fondness as I do will surely be glad to have this opportunity to buy it. I've looked online, and used copies of it sell for upward of $80; this will be a new paperback--with a lovely cover:


Spread the word! Let's make it worth Ellen's trouble!

ETA: The printer just sent me an e-mail saying that in a week or so, there will be a PayPal button with an all-inclusive price, so if you're thinking of ordering, you might want to wait until then.


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Aug. 1st, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about this book and the order page you linked doesn't give me any real feeling for why I should buy it! Where is the blurb/synopsis/back of the book stuff? O_O
Aug. 1st, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Good point; neither my entry nor the page I link to does tell you about the story. My post is mainly directed at people who know the book from previous experience, but from a business perspective you're quite right: if the printer wants to get people to buy the book, it would be a good idea to say something about it. Maybe he sees that as the authors' responsibility... in the case of Ellen, I don't think she has a website--she's getting on in years; I'm not even sure if she has e-mail (she told me about the reprinting via letter).

To be a better friend to her (and to promote sale of the book), I should really put up something about the plot... I'm in the middle of work right now, but--yeah, I guess I had better do that; otherwise others are likely to have a similar reaction to yours...
Aug. 1st, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Please do! You seem so excited about this book that I want to be excited too, but as it is all I've got is an enigmatic cover (harps? Beaches? But no people? I don't even know what kind of characters to expect) and a title which is equally enigmatic.

I want to know more! When you have a chance, please do tell us. :)
Aug. 1st, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Okay-- a little bit is up, plus my ancient fan art. "Startling landscape" includes a place that is completely flat and smooth, a place of mists, a place of fiery rocks and heat, and an ocean place, and times of day that are governed by changes of color in the sky.

... My rushed words don't do it justice, but they maybe give you a tiny bit of a a sense of it.

It's not a perfect story. There are some jarring tonal dissonances in it, but I like everything Ellen does in the story.

Aug. 1st, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember reading this one after a friend who'd read it years ago and loved it recommended it. I remember enjoying it, too, though not many of the other details.

I suspect you're not the only one with fond memories of this one.
Aug. 1st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there are many fans out there who'd be so happy to know this book has been reprinted--I wish I knew a way to reach them all!

--It was a strange book, but so entrancing, somehow. It combined so many unlikely elements, and yet they all worked.

Aug. 1st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
I love that book! I took it out of the library so many times, I think I wore it out single-handedly!
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I loved it too! And so did my sister, and so did my kids. I'm so glad she's reprinting it, because otherwise I'd never get a copy.
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I've ever read Drujienna's Harp, but the title is very familiar. I'm pleased it's being republished.
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
It was already old when my sister found it in our school library--the town library didn't have it, as I recall, but the school library did. We both loved it. When I wanted to read it to my kids, I had to get an out-of-state interlibrary loan. And yet if you search on the title on Google, you'll see mainly rave remembrances of it, so it's funny that it's so hard to get hold of. This reprinting will really make a difference.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
That's pretty sweet that the author is reprinting the book! It reminds me of a book I bought for my grandpa last year. It's four stories in one book, and is pretty old too. The used books go for at LEAST $95+. He had read his paperback version over and over and it was literally in pieces. He had recovered the book himself a couple times, but he just kept reading it so much that it completely died one day. I had a bunch of amazon.com gift cards and got a used hard copy version for him for a surprise and only had to pay about $5.00 after the discounts I found and the gift cards :) Sweet!

Anyway, sorry for the ramble, but you reminded me of that whole story.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
That's pretty great that you were able to find a copy for $5.00 when usually it sells for $95!
Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Never heard of it before. Now gotta have it!
Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
The target audience is, say, 12-14-year-olds, but it holds up well :-)
Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm only about 13 really.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Oh--well, that's perfect, then :-)
Aug. 10th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
I do want to read this, but hoo boy, I will have to wait until I can borrow a copy.
Aug. 10th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I know :-( $23 isn't as bad as it might be, but it's still a lot... It's worth it for me because it's a book I've wanted for a long time, but I know I'm getting something I like--so not the same risk.

Aug. 10th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
No other words to describe my feelings about this than SOOOO HAAAAPPYYYYY ;w;
Aug. 11th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Me too!
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