Lost in the Labyrinth

By Patrice Kindl
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618166848, 208pp.)

Publication Date: August 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

Last night I saw my sister, who is dead. She stood at the end of a long corridor, weeping. “Can it really be you, Ariadne, come back after all this time?” I whispered. She did not answer, but began slowly to sink through the floor.

Princess Xenodice is content to spend her days tending to the animals in the royal menagerie, haunting the workshop of a beautiful young man named Icarus, and visiting her brother who lives in the Labyrinth. Her safe and privileged world, however, has ominous cracks underfoot.
Soon battles for power and revenge threaten everything Xenodice loves. Betrayals from both within and without her family lead to a series of tragedies that Xenodice struggles to avert.
From the deepest layer of the Labyrinth under the Royal Palace to the topmost floor of the prison tower, this enthralling version of the myth of the maze and the Minotaur by master storyteller Patrice Kindl is filled with the marvelous and the strange.




About the Author

Patrice Kindl's first novel, Owl in Love, was an ALA Notable Book for Children, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Award Honor Book. She lives in Middleburgh, New York.




Praise For Lost in the Labyrinth

"Kindl does a good job at imagining the setting, creating out of the wisps of legend and archaeology a fully realized matriarchy." Kirkus Reviews

"Kindl does a good job at imagining the setting, creating out of the wisps of legend and archaeology a fully realized matriarchy." Kirkus Reviews

"Kindl inventively meshes classical myths, archeological findings and imaginative speculation in an intriguing tale full of mystery and emotion." Publishers Weekly

“Kindl’s reimagining of the classical myth has flashes of real insight.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The author artfully includes many elements of the legend while at the same time creating a fully realized and original setting.” School Library Journal

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