by Jane Yolen
Release date: 1996
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: mythopoeic awards

A boy is abandoned in the woods of medieval England. A year passes – a year of terror and hunger, of sleeping in trees and foraging for food, of outrunning packs of wild dogs – until one day a falconer captures and tames the boy as he would any passager, a young bird caught in the wild and trained. The falconer adopts the boy and teaches him all of the things he's forgotten, including the boy's true name – and the legacy of magic that will be his when he comes of age.

"This first book of the Young Merlin Trilogy will have readers awaiting the sequels."The Horn Book

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