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The Light-Bearer’s Daughter

Penguin Canada: trade paperback, 2001; Puffin Canada, mass market paperback, 2002. 

Nominated for Silver Birch Award, 2003 and Manitoba Reader’s Choice Award, 2003.

Life has been good for Dana with her single-parent father until the day he tells her they are leaving Ireland. This means the death of her dream that her mother, who disappeared when she was little, might return to find them. Then Dana is given new hope when a mysterious ‘Lady’ sends her on a mission into the mountains. Thus begins an adventure filled with wonders such as child-like boggles, a talking wolf, and saint who tames monsters. Stalking her quest are two great threats: the creature that lives to kill and a dark memory buried deep inside her. 

“Melling has a lightness of touch in her style and an expansive metaphysical theme ti lure readers … Only the most skilful writers produce novels where morals and morality underlie the plot and enrich the story rather than strangle the life force from a good tale.”
National Post 

“Award-winning author OR Melling has woven another charm that will bewitch the hearts of all those who want to believe yes, there are fairies.”
Georgia Strait