YA REWIND: The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

In this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the great Lloyd Alexander and The Illyrian Adventure, the first of his books to feature intrepid orphan Vesper Holly. On the Casting Couch, I pick out my ideal cast for a Vesper Holly movie, discuss some upcoming YA adaptations, and in the new Book Jacket Theatre segment I perform a melodramatic reading of a book summary from the ‘paranormal teen romance’ section of Amazon.

It’s 1872, and adventurous Vesper Holly and her guardian set out for the tiny country of Illyria, on a quest for its legendary treasure. But once Vesper and Brinnie arrive, they are plunged into a fierce struggle between rebel forces— and someone is out to kill the two of them! If anyone can triumph over those kind of odds, it’s Vesper — one of Lloyd Alexander’s most intrepid (and best-selling) heroines.

More info for the Lloyd Alexander documentary mentioned in the podcast can be found here, and the well-reviewed but unfortunately summarized paranormal teen romance used in Book Jacket Theatre can be found on Amazon: A Chance for Charity.

The podcast email is YARewindPodcast@meganchristopher.net if you have stories to share for future shows about your own favorite books from young adulthood, or future suggestions for Book Jacket Theatre. If you enjoy this podcast, maybe you can tell me how to set up a subscription for it, because so far, I haven’t been able to figure it out.

Next time I’ll be talking about Elizabeth Winthrop‘s The Castle in the Attic.

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