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publisher Dutton Children's Books
ISBN 0-525-45758-5
price $19.99 / 28.99 CAN
cover type hardback with jacket
cover illustration Dan Craig
publishing year 1997
text style red and green text

Jacket Text

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This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile's dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place--by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic--and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if hey will just turn the page....

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Michael Ende worked as an actor, director, playwright, and film critic as well as a children's book author. He published many acclaimed children's books in his native Germany. The Neverending Story topped the best-seller lists there for three years and went on to be translated into more than thirty languages and made into a major motion picture. Mr. Ende died in 1995.

Ralph Manheim translated many notable works from the German, including The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht. His translation of Tales for Young and Old, by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, is considered by many to be the premier English edition of the Brothers Grimm. Mr. Manheim died in 1992.