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Thirteen-year-old Jonathon, feared and hated by the brown-eyed Valley people because of his blue eyes, tries to find answers to his true identity in the Red Mountains, home of the Dalriada, a mountain people with magnificent horses, mystical powers, and blue eyes like his.After Jonathan is blamed for the blight that is destroying the Valley's precious orchards, he escapes to the Red Mountains to find out if he is a Dalriada--one of the mountain people who have magnificent horses and mystical powersshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 101.6 x 172.72 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • Winslow Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1588370038
  • 9781588370037

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A heartfelt, emotionally trenchant coming-of-age adventure with a lightly mystical bent. Life would be wonderful for twelve-year-old Jonathon Brae if he weren't cursed with "loony blues," azure eyes that cause the brown-eyed, orchard-growing Valley people to regard him with fear and suspicion. In this imaginative, internally cohesive fantasy, blue eyes can only mean two things: that the recipient will go mad, or worse, that he's a Dalriada, a society of barbarous folk who live high in the mountains and are rumored to have flaming horns and mysterious powers. Jonathon fears something more personal - that the brown-eyed stalwart he considers his father isn't really biological kin. Then Jonathon is accused of causing an outbreak of tree disease and learns that his recently murdered mother is part Dalriada. Heartbroken, he leaves the Valley and makes the perilous journey to Dalriada territory where he tests his manhood, reconciles the various-aspects of his personality, and, in an unpredictable but plausible conclusion, finds out why he has blue eyes. This is Calhoun's first YA novel, and although it is overlong, with balky patches, she neatly joins the psychological and adventurous aspects of a boy's journey to adulthood with its more enigmatic side. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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359 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 30% (106)
4 35% (127)
3 27% (97)
2 6% (21)
1 2% (8)
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