by Cat Weatherill
Review by Carolyn Frank
Walker Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802797995
Date: 16 September 2008 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
What happens after the Pied Piper of Hamelin leads the children away? As told from the perspective of two of the children, Marianna and her younger brother Jakob, and Finn the piper, the story winds away from the bleak town, now devoid of both rats and children, to the colorful world beneath the hill where Wild Magic holds forth. Intended for the original Harry Potter audience of young nearly-tween age children but enjoyable by anyone who fancies fantasies, this book provides both the back-story of the piper and the answer to the age-old question of what happened next. From official release/information:
Product Description: The Pied Piper had his reasons for enchanting the children of Hamelin and stealing them away—ones rooted in a deep history of wild magic. Mari and her brother Jakob are among the children who followed the piper's song, and they are now trapped in a beautiful but cruel world inhabited by a horrid Beast. They must remain there until he finds the right child, the chosen one, who can lift his century old curse. But the price of breaking the curse is a terrible one. This fast-paced, richly fantastical continuation of a familiar tale is a powerful story of a family torn apart by tragedy, and the magical adventure that heals them.
(Source: Walker Books)