The Queen and the Nobody Boy. A Tale of Fontania by Barbara Else
This is a pre-teen adventure fantasy tale from the same stable as The Travelling Restaurant.
Hodie is a dissatisfied unpaid odd-job boy in the Palace of Fontania, people treat him the same way as they treat dogpoo on the bottom of their shoe. His mother disappeared when he was two and his father left in mysterious circumstances.
All is not well. The Royal Family of Fontania rely on magic to keep their power a power dependent upon the dragon-eagles who are now in the endangered catagory. Another source of magic is the Ties of Fontania which are lost.
When the Emperor of the neighbouring kingdom of Um’Binnia visits Fontania to suss out the lay of the land, Hodie decides to leave and seek his fortune. He is followed by the Little Queen of Fontania disguised as a street urchin. She fears attack from the Emperor of Um’Binnia and sure enough war is declared.
The thing is Where are the Ties of Fontania? Who is Hodie? Can the Dragon-eagles be saved?
A rollicing good yarn for primary and intermediate students.