Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
In this action—packed sequel to Fire and Glass, Kristina and Dylan team up with Dr. Grimoire to thwart the plans of a rogue former apprentice to steal one of the vault's most valuable possessions —the legendary Golden Fleece. But she has already managed to get her hands on a few artefacts with some dangerous powers — including a magical music box that can ensnare anyone who hears it.
About the author
Raised in Morinvilleâ”a small town north of Edmonton, Albertaâ”Marty Chan is a playwright, radio writer, television story editor, and young adult author. Marty graduated from the University of Alberta in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English major/drama minor). He fell into improv comedy when he joined Edmonton Theatresports, but his paralyzing stage fright resulted in ”penguin arm“ acting, forcing him to abandon performing and take up writing. His signature play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living With A White Girl, has been produced across Canada, published three times, and broadcast as a radio drama. The stage play won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Work and the Adams Chinese Theatre Award at Harvard University. In October 2004, the play had a successful Off Broadway run in New York. Marty was a regular contributor to CBC Radio Edmonton from 1994 to 2000. His weekly commentary series, ”The Dim Sum Diaries,“ recounted his misadventures as the only Chinese kid in a small prairie town. These weekly commentaries were adapted into a half-hour television program (The Orange Seed Myth) which won a Gold Medal for Best Television Pilot at the Charleston World Film and Television Festival, and earned Marty a Gemini nomination for best writing in a children’s program. In 2004, Thistledown Press launched Marty’s first young adult novel, The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, which has become a hit with young readers across Canada. Resource Links magazine rated listed it as one of the Best Books of 2004 for grades 3 to 6. Marty was the first playwright in residence at the Citadel Theatre. He also served as the chair of the Edmonton Arts Council and taught playwriting at the U of A. He received an Arts Achievement Award and a Performance Award from the City of Edmonton. He also earned a Horizon Award from the university for his contributions to theatre. Currently, Marty resides in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their two cats, Buddy and Max.
"Melody and Myth is just as exciting and fast-paced as the previous novel. The characters are interesting, and even the villain is revealed to be nuanced and not wholly bad. Because this series is intended for readers who read below grade level, sentences are short, and the language is simple and easy to understand. The book also uses a typeface that is intended to be dyslexia-friendly. Melody and Myth would be an excellent choice for a struggling reader but also makes an enjoyable read for anyone who is a fan of plot-driven fantasy."
— CM Magazine