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Dance of the Stones

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Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen are eager to begin the next stage of their adventure. "The Stones have stirred," Ava, Hawkwoman and Wise One, tell Owen, "The time is near for the Circle Dance." The stones are the ancient stone circle of Avebury in England. But the Dark Being approaches, and her servant, a wraith, blocks the children’s progress. When Ava is hurt, the children are thrown back on their own resources. They must discover the ritual that will release the circlet. Each child has a part to play in finding the circlet and holding back the Dark Being.
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Copyright © 2003 Brandywine Enterprises BC Ltd.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
National Library of Canada Cataloguing in PublicationSpalding, Andrea.  Dance of the stones / Andrea Spalding.
(The summer of magic quartet; bk. 2)
ISBN 1-55143-268-4
I. Title. II. Series: Spalding, Andrea. Summer of magic quartet; bk 2.
PS8587. P213D36 2003 jC813’.54 C2003-910057-X
PZ7. S7319Da 2003
First published in the United States, 2003
Library of Congress Control Number:2003100407
Summary:In Book Two ofThe Summer of Magic Quartet, the four children fromThe White Horse Talismanseek Ava’s circlet, buried within the ancient stone circle of Avebury.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Cover design: Christine Toller Cover and interior illustrations: Martin Springett Printed and bound in Canada
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For Kathy and Don Mills. Your quiet and constant appreciation and support of Cana-dian children’s literature has not gone unnoticed.
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Old English Circle Dance (danced by the author as a child)
Honor your partners. Circle to the left (16 steps). Circle to the right (16 steps). Circle left again (8 steps). Circle right again (8 steps). Men to the middle, clap, then back. Women to the middle, clap, then back. Swing your partners, leave women in the middle. Women circle left, while men circle right. Men circle left, while women circle right. Find your partner, everybody swing. Grand Promenade around the Circle.
Acknowledgements
Many people help in the creation of a book.
Sincere thanks to Kathy for taking us around Avebury and sharing modern archeological thinking with us; to Terry the Druid for sharing his love of the Stones; to Gavin and Janet for the car and hospitality; to Penny for comments; to Jock for bailing me out with the computer; to Maggie and the Orca pod for making it all happen; and, as always, to Dave for ongoing support and background research.
NOTE:Celtic spelling was used for two names in the story. “Myrddin” is pronounced “merthin” and “Hewll” is pronounced “hewl. “Traa dy liooar,” which is pronounced “trae de lure” and means “time enough, and “Lhiat myr hoilloo,” which is pronounced “lee-at mur hoylew” and means “to thee as thou deservest,” are phrases in Manx, the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1Honor Your Partners …1 Chapter 2Forest Magic …15 Chapter 3Circle to the Right …33 Chapter 4Circle Magic …49 Chapter 5The Final Stone …57 Chapter 6Swing Your Partners …68 Chapter 7The Naming Day …84 Chapter 8The Night of Destruction …99 Chapter 9The Golden King …122 Chapter 10Everybody Swing …135 Chapter 11The Dance of the Stones …149 Author’s Note ...171
1. HONOR YOUR PARTNERS
Dawn broke and magic filled the air. Deep in the heart of England, strange things stirred. The first sunbeam darted through a stand of ancient for-est and lit the trunk of a centuries-old oak. For one shining second the features of a face appeared in the bark. Green eyes flashed as the sunbeam passed and the features faded. Deeper in the forest, a wild boar yawned. The sunbeam glanced off wicked teeth and tusks. The mouth closed. The beam moved on and the boar melted once more into shadowland. The second sunbeam slid across the downs and kissed a conical green mound that swelled up, apart from the other hills. Only the lark that rose from its nest on the summit heard the greeting from the ancient king beneath. The lark wove the greeting into its song to welcome the sun. The third sunbeam shot its magical light into a valley. There towered a Stone Circle, great gray stones veiled in morning mist. The golden beam lit the dew-covered grass.
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