The Resource The Tapestry | The hound of Rowan, Book 1., written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff

The Tapestry | The hound of Rowan, Book 1., written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff

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The Tapestry | The hound of Rowan, Book 1.
Title
  • The Tapestry
  • The hound of Rowan
Title number
Book 1.
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff
Title variation
Hound of Rowan
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in "mystics and combat" in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him
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Review
  • Gr. 6-9 In a hidden alcove within Chicago's Art Institute, Max McDaniels discovers a faded tapestry. As he watches, the tapestry begins to glow; soon after, he receives an invitation to attend a private boarding school in New England. When he arrives at Rowan Academy, where young people with Potential are trained to fight an unnamed enemy, he and the other apprentices are housed in magically morphing rooms and assigned animal charges. Max is paired with the last lymrill in the world, a nocturnal creature with metallic quills. They train on the Course, where they experience different scenarios as they try to achieve a goal and move up levels as they progress. Meanwhile, apprentices and even some full-fledged agents are disappearing all over the world. This novel's sprawling, quirky boarding school has obvious parallels to Hogwarts, but Neff's storytelling boasts charms of its own, and U.S. readers may appreciate that this magical adventure, the first installment in the planned Tapestry series, takes place here rather than abroad. -- Tixier Herald, Diana (Reviewed 09-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 1, p)
  • Gr 5–8— Twelve-year-old Max's life changes dramatically after a vision of a tapestry scene reveals itself to him at the Art Institute of Chicago. Following a terrifying encounter with a strange woman and a series of unusual tests, he finds himself enrolled at Rowan Academy, a semisecret and definitely Hogwarts-like school for children with abilities and experiences similar to his own. It is at Rowan that Max learns about the ancient struggle between those who watch over and nurture the world and those who want to control it. As an Apprentice, First Year, Max begins to hone his mysterious magical skills and shows a particular talent for amplifying his own physical capabilities, such as running and jumping. As the school year progresses, Max must face his destiny as a key player in the struggle against evil Astaroth. Overall, this is a solid and worthwhile beginning to a new fantasy series. The book lacks fully realized secondary characters and relationships, but as this is the first in the series, there is opportunity for development. And, of course, Astaroth's reemergence promises plenty of future conflict. Parallels to J. K. Rowling's work are inescapable, but Neff's tale certainly has potential and should help ease the suffering once Harry Potter withdrawal sets in. For general purchase, particularly where fantasy is popular.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --Amanda Raklovits (Reviewed March 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 3, p207)
  • When Max McDaniels has a peculiar run-in with an ancient Celtic tapestry, it's not long before he receives a letter of invitation to the mysterious Rowan Academy. It seems that Max carries a bit of old magic in his veins and at Rowan he has a chance to improve such skills within a rigorous academic program. Still, all is not right with the world outside the school. Dark and nasty forces have already kidnapped other potential students and are threatening to come within the boundaries of Rowan to wreak havoc. With his roommate David, a boy of unnaturally powerful talents, Max discovers that the ancient demon Astorath may not be as dead as everyone says and that someone within the academy is a traitor. Comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable and unfortunate. Though the similarities are often shocking, this title has its own particular tone and flavor. Neff's language is often evocative, incorporating Irish myths like the legend of Cuchulain. Though the scenery feels familiar, the book will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
258887
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Neff, Henry H
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The tapestry
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Schools
  • Kidnapping
  • Fathers and sons
  • Art
  • Students
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The Tapestry | The hound of Rowan, Book 1., written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff
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Copyright
Note
Includes an excerpt from "The Second Siege."
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Yearling edition.
Extent
414 pages
Isbn
9780375938948
Lccn
2006020970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The Tapestry | The hound of Rowan, Book 1., written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes an excerpt from "The Second Siege."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Yearling edition.
Extent
414 pages
Isbn
9780375938948
Lccn
2006020970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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