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Taker's Key

by (author) Martine Leavitt

cover design or artwork by Ron Lightburn

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2002
General, Fantasy & Magic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2002
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9


An evil sorcery prowls the land. The Oldwives are losing their magic, and an ill wind weakens the hiding spell that protects them. Worse still, Marwen is powerless to stop any of it. She must find the Key, the powerful talisman woven into her tapestry. In the deathlands Marwen and the Oldwives must travel to solve its mystery.

About the authors

Martine Leavitt has published eight novels for young readers, most recently My Book of Life By Angel, which received five starred reviews, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Horn Book Fanfare book, a Booklist best book of the year, and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year. Other titles include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently she teaches creative writing to graduate students at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a mother of seven, grandmother of fifteen, and lives in High River, Alberta.

Martine Leavitt's profile page

Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit and follow him on Twitter @ronlightburn.

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Editorial Reviews

"Not to be missed by young adult or adult lovers of fantasy."
-Canadian Children's Literature

"A complex storyline, vivid descriptions and prose that flows smoothly as the plot. Highly recommended."
-Canadian BookReview Annual

"Highly recommended for ages 9 to 16."
-Children's Bookwatch

"[A complex tapestry of magic and fantasy . . . a trilogy worthy of this genre. . . . An elegantly woven tale!"
-Children's Book News

"[Bates has the capacity to weave a spell over her readers. . . . A strongly written book, excellent for those who believe that any door may open onto another world."
-Grey-Bruce This Week and St. Catherine's Standard

"A fully formed alternate world, made real by telling detail and deep characterization. . . . Marwen's journey will absorb readers completely."
-Quill & Quire, Starred Review

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