The Ancient One


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Puffin Books
Publish Date
5.1 X 7.7 X 1.0 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

T.A. Barron was a Princeton grad, a Rhodes Scholar, and a highly successful business man before he returned to his true love: books for children. He is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Merlin Saga, the Heartlight Saga, Tree Girl, The Hero's Trail, and many picture books. He has also created a Young Heroes Award that rewards children who are heroic in their communities with a monetary prize for their achievements. He's an environmental activist and is on the board of many corporations and charities. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, five children, two dogs, and two goats. Visit him online at or on Twitter @TABarronAuthor.


"Once in a great while a book comes along that is so powerful and so wise that you want to shout about it." --Madeleine L'Engle, bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time

"Barron has woven a boldly original novel that is as thought-provoking as it is fun to read." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Mortality, in all its splendor and sadness, is T.A. Barron's subject... Fantasy mavens will find plenty here to enthrall them." --The New York Times Book Review

"Save a tree, save history! Barron fuses concerns over the natural world with fantasy lit."
--The Huffington Post, "The 9 Best Trees in Literature"

"Absorbing story, vital characters -- and also a pioneering work opening paths we didn't know were there." --Lloyd Alexander, National Book Award winning author