Thursday, August 03, 2006

The paper quivers, as if it's alive

Im Kinderbuch-Newsletter des Carl Hanser Verlages wird auf ein neues Jugendbuch mit Bibliotheksbezug hingewiesen: Endymion Spring. Die Macht des geheimen Buches von Matthew Skelton: "Das spannende Erstlingswerk des Autors Matthew Skelton erzählt die Geschichte des 12-jährigen Blake, der in der Bibliothek von Oxford auf ein mysteriöses Buch stößt, dass ein uraltes Geheimnis hütet. Dabei führt die Handlung den Leser auch in das mittelalterliche Mainz zur Zeit Johannes Gutenbergs und der Erfindung des Buchdrucks".
Das Original erschien im März 2006 bei Penguin/Puffin: "Blake is visiting Oxford with his academic mother and his kid sister. While their mum immerses herself in olde worlde volumes, Blake feels trapped in the dusty air of the college library. Until one day, Blake is running his finger along the shelf and feels something pierce his finger, drawing blood - like a bite. The book responsible is a battered old volume, with a strange clasp like a serpent's head - with real fangs. Printed on its front are two words: Endymion Spring. Its paper is almost luminous - blank, wordless, but with a texture that seems to shine, and fine veins running through it. The paper quivers, as if it's alive. And as Blake looks, words begin to appear on the page - words meant only for him; words no one else can see. The book has been waiting five-hundred years for the right boy; now it must fulfill its destiny..."

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