A Riddle of Roses

A Riddle of Roses


Written by Caryl Cude Mullin and Illustrated by Kasia Charko


Fantasy fiction with Celtic influence for today's adolescent reader...

Meryl's mother was a great bard—a storyteller and musician who sang of life and the world around her. Meet Meryl, already an orphan, who wants to follow in her mother's footsteps. Highly spirited and curious, she has broken a sacred rule and has been suspended from her studies. Undaunted, Meryl decides to achieve her goal in a different way—she undertakes a special quest in search of the mythical Avalon. Her great adventure leads her to find her own true voice through music and song.

Set in a time when legends and superstition are part of everyday life, A Riddle of Roses is an intriguing fantasy springing from Celtic myth and tradition. In it, Caryl Cude Mullin has created a vivid world, peopled by memorable, if not always human, characters.

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About the Author

Caryl Cude Mullin grew up on an island on Canada’s eastern shore, and as a result she developed an abiding fascination with islands and odd characters. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

About the Illustrator

A professional illustrator who has worked in both England and Canada, Kasia Charko has illustrated a number of projects, including a recent picture book called The Boogie Woogie Bear. She lives with her family in the small community of Alton, Ontario.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 3, 2000

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 222 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 5-8

  • ISBN: 9781896764283


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Fantasy
    > Legends, Myths & Fables


  • 2002 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award Finalist

  • 2002 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award Nominee

  • 2002 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Book Finalist