Below the Root

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Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder


Illustrator: Alton Raible

SNYDER, Zilpha Keatley. Below the Root. Illustrated by Alton Raible. NY: Atheneum, 1975. 8vo, [vi] 231pp. Brown cloth stamped in bronze on spine and in blind on front. Red endpapers; 7 full-page and 1 two-page b&w illustrations. Lower spine end and corners minutely rubbed, else a fine, bright copy in original pictorial dust jacket (slight wear at spine ends and corners, slight sunning, front flap lightly creased, price clipped). With a bookplate signed by the author, three-time Newbery Honor winner Zilpha Keatley Snyder, laid in.

First edition. The first book in The Green Sky trilogy.  Green-sky is an ideal place. Violence doesn’t exist. Its citizens, the Kindar, glide from tree to tree and exchange happy thoughts. This is all thanks to their rulers, the Ol-zhaan. And on his thirteenth birthday, Raamo D’ok is chosen to become one of the Ol-zhaan. Raamo is surprised to be named a Chosen. He isn’t a very good student—but the Ol-zhaan believe he has strong Spirit-force. But during his training, Raamo discovers that these good rulers aren’t as benevolent as they appear. They harbor secrets about his people, his family, and what lies below the forest floor. Now Raamo must decide: Should he keep the peace, or reveal the secrets that the Ol-zhaan have protected for so long?