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Keturah And Lord Death [Hardcover]

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When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King's Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.

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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Front Street
ISBN  1932425292  
ISBN13  9781932425291  

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More About Martine Leavitt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martine Leavittis an award-winning writer of critically acclaimed young adult fiction. Besides winning the prestigious Mr. Christie_s Award and Benjamin Franklin Award, Martine_s six previous titles have received numerous award nominations including the Governor General_s Literary Award. Martine also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Vermont College and lives in High River, Alberta.

Martine Leavitt was born in 1953.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Death & Dying > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Children's Books > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Love & Romance
6Books > Subjects > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
7Books > Subjects > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
8Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General

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Beautiful Love Story  Aug 19, 2008
We have seen similar stories before: "Death Takes a Holiday", "Meet Joe Black" and the story of Persephone are several examples that come to mind. But Leavitt's version, "Keturah and Lord Death", is a gentle retelling, suitable for young adults (it was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection). Set during Medieval times, with all of its squalor and disease, beautiful 16-year-old Keturah lives in a small village with her grandmother. After being lost in the forest for 3 days, she has resigned herself to death. When it comes, she is surprised to find that Death is a lordly and darkly handsome man. When he grudgingly agrees that she is too young to die, he offers to spare her life in exchange for the life of one of her fellow villagers. Not wishing to condemn another, she is able to forestall Death, much like Scheherazade, by telling him a love story. She refuses to end her story, promising that if he allows her one more day, she will come back the next evening to finish her tale, and remain with him. Lord Death grants her request, even going so far as to tell her that if she can find her one true love before day's end, a love that is greater than death, he will relinquish his claim on her. What follows details Keturah's ingenious methods to continue putting off Lord Death, as she comes to realize who her true love really is.

This fast-paced story can easily be read in an afternoon. Leavitt peoples her story with the literary archetypes found in classical fairy tales: the village "witch" with 7 sons, the Lord and Lady of the castle with a son of marriageable age, the beautiful commoner who must perform tasks to gain her freedom and the happiness of those she loves, a magic charm with the power to reveal the man who will make her happy, and the mysterious man desperate for her love. I would highly recommend this book for both young adults and adults; it is a mythological story appropriate for all ages.
Great Quick Read by a New Author  Jul 15, 2008
Keturah gets lost in the woods and, after days of wandering around, is found by Death. She manages to convince him to give her a little extra time to live by striking a deal. The rest of the book focuses on how she tries to get around her bargain and live.

I really, really liked this book. I thought that the plot and resulting resolution were creative and satisfying. Keturah and her friends in the village were interesting, memorable characters, and the romance was great. Definitely read this if you want some great "light fantasy".
Enchanting romance/fairy tale  Apr 4, 2008
The poetic style of this book reminded me of a fable or fairy tale. It was beautifully written and conceived. I loved the character Lord Death. His lonliness and longing for connection with someone who doesn't fear him makes him such a sympathetic and relatable character. He is powerful and intimidating, yet vulnerable. Keturah is kind and brave; someone easy to support and root for. And I enjoyed the descriptions of the village and villagers who gave the story so much color.

I appreciated the idea that death is what makes life so poignant, meaningful, and bittersweet. It reminded me of a Castenada book I read as a teenager that suggested using death as an advisor. That death hovers behind us at all times and if you ever need to question the significance of something, ask it. Most of what we think is important really isn't.

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in a tender romance and sweet story with a touching premise. The author deftly wove together fantasy and reality, seamlessly blending the two into a beautiful and enchanting narrative. It deals with the subject of death artfully, leaving you appreciative of all that life offers.
Unique and enchanting  Mar 20, 2008
An original fairy tale told with a unique and beautiful voice. Leavitt's language sucked me in from the first sentence, and I was enchanted throughout. This novel includes a somewhat unlikely heroine, romance, danger, darkness, and a totally unexpected triumphant ending. I loved it and have added it to my wish list to reread and share with my children. Absolutely recommended.
I could not stop death, so he kindly stopped for me.  Feb 18, 2008
I love this book! It was slow for about the first 4 chaptors, but i had been waiting to read this book, and i wanted it finshed. So, i stuck with it and was greatly rewared. It was a beautitul story, that made me laugh, and made me bite my nails, and turn the pages as fast as i could to get to the ending, because i had to know what happens.

When 16-year-old Keturah, follows the legendary Hart into the woods, she is lost. And so lord Death comes to claim her, but she isn't ready, so she tells him a story, but refuses to tell the ending until the next night. So they make a deal. If she will come back and finsh the story then he will let her have another day. Soon, she finds herself on a journey to save her village, stay alive, and find her true love.

I loved it! What a beautiful story, with a beautiful ending!!

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