When Mallory notices something funny sticking out of an old oak tree, she takes a closer look – and before she knows it, she's broken a magical spell. Arbican the wizard has been trapped in the oak for thousands of years. All his fellow enchanters are gone. And so are his powers! Will he get them back in time to save Mallory's village from greedy Squire Scrupner?
Lloyd Chudley Alexander (1924–2007) was a widely-influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1969.
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