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For use in schools and libraries only. When Sparrowhawk, a young student at the School for Wizards, becomes overanxious and tries his dangerous powers too soon, he unleashes a terrible evil throughout the land.
Born in Berkeley, California to an anthropologist father and a writer mother, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote her first story at the age of 9. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951 and received an M.A. from Columbia in 1952. The next year, she met her future husband, Charles A. Le Guin, while on the Queen Mary passenger liner en route to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship--they married in December of 1953. While she is known as an author of science fiction, fantasy, and children's books, Le Guin's stories and novels supersede the genres; she uses science fiction conventions to explore vast human issues such as sexuality, human relations, gender politics, and war. Her writing has been widely embraced by readers and critics, winning a number of awards including both the Hugo and Nebula awards for two of her books, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969) and THE DISPOSSESSED (1974). Le Guin has been greatly influenced by Taoist philosophy, and her vast body of nonfiction has included a retelling of the Lao Tzu's TAO TE CHIONG. In 1998, the Colorado School of Mines' Mobile Robots Project named one of its newly designed robots after her, along with ones named after fellow authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis. In 2000, she was the recipient of The Los Angles Times' Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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"The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards."
The first book in Le Guin's Earthsea series. A young boy comes of age while trying to combat the magic that he accidentally unleashed on the world of Earthsea. A classic work of fantasy.
This classic YA fantasy launched the Earthsea series, one of writer Ursula K. Le Guin's most famous sets of books. A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA is a coming-of-age tale set in a magical landscape populated by witches, wizards, and dragons. Despite these familiar fantasy trappings, Le Guin's powerful, lyrical prose allows her to avoid clich and lend her world its own distinctive mythic quality. Ged, or Sparrowhawk as he's also known, is a precocious, reckless young wizard. When he inadvertently summons up a dark spirit during a spellcasting gone awry, the creature pursues Ged all over Earthsea until he finally learns how to confront it.
When Sparrowhawk, a young student at the School for Wizards, becomes overanxious and tries his dangerous powers too soon, he unleashes a terrible evil throughout the land.