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The silver crown

1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001.
Physical Description:
322 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
"Ages 8-12"--Page 4 cover.
Soon after waking up on her tenth birthday to find a silver crown on her pillow, Ellen's house burns down, her parents disappear, and she is launched on an adventure involving a trek through the woods, a castle full of brainwashed captives, and the powerful Hieronymus Machine which wants her crown.


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Ellen awakens one morning with a mysterious silver crown on the pillow beside her. What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen ever find her family? Can she use the power of the silver crown to thwart the powers of darkness? What diabolical force hides inside the mysterious castle in the woods?

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Although some of OÆBrienÆs first fantasy novel seems dated, the story is still suspenseful. When EllenÆs house burns down, just after she receives a mysterious silver crown for her tenth birthday, she finds herself involved in a series of fantastic adventures, meeting danger and friends along the way. The alternate ending--which wraps up the story better than the original--is appended in this edition. From HORN BOOK Spring 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Birthday Present""I Need Help""
The Green Maskletter to Aunt Sarahthe
Shiny Blue Carthe Flight into the Forestotto the Wreckerricharda
Cry in the Nightthe Flight up the Mountainotto
The Knifeking and Mr. Carvera White Dovethe Woodcarver'S
Storythe Stranger Returnsthe Broken Roaddown
The Crevassethe Caveotto
The Providerthe Dark Castleelementary
Destructionthe Dungeonthe Screena Way Outphase
Ithe White-Haired Kingthe Big Screenotto
The Traitorjennygood Queen Ellensafe At Oakstablea Different Conc