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by Elizabeth Winthrop

Trade Binding | 192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823405794 | 09-01-1985

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FOURTH | Age: 9 to 12

Themes: Fantasy, Adventure
Recommendations: A, BL, C, CE, CS, E, H, R*, SLJ, TE, WC

About the Book
Courage triumphs over fear in this tale of magic and fantasy.

"You must find your own way through the forest, William. That's what I've been trying to tell you all along."

Mrs. Phillips is moving back to England. She has taken care of William for ten years and even though he loves his parents, nothing will be the same without her.

As her farewell present, she gives him a wooden model of a medieval castle that has been in her family for generations. It has everything William could possibly want, right down to a miniature drawbridge, a portcullis, and a silver knight. But despite the castle, William is miserable. He wants to find a way of keeping Mrs. Phillips with him forever. And he does . . . once he breaks the spell cast on the silver knight.

This is an enthralling story of magic and fantasy, which weaves the everyday problems of growing up into the age-old battle between good and evil. William's quest, on which he faces a ferocious dragon and a wicked wizard, is a brilliant journey into William's soul—where courage finally triumphs over fear.

"Absorbing.—Publishers Weekly

"Well-crafted.—The Horn Book

"Satisfyingly dramatic."—Booklist