Shadow Castle Expanded Edition by Marian Cockrell

Shadow Castle Expanded Edition

Written by Marian Cockrell
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Shadow Castle Expanded Edition by Marian Cockrell

In the middle of a deep forest is an enchanted valley and a castle where only shadows live, shadows of kings and queens who have waited for hundreds of years for the spell cast upon them to be broken. One day, a girl named Lucy follows a little dog through a tunnel into the valley and meets the mysterious red-haired Michael, who takes her into the shadow world to meet Prince Mika and his mortal wife Gloria, their children and their children's children, and to learn the magic that will lift the spell. This new expanded edition contains additional chapters not published in the original 1946 edition.

About the Author

Marian Brown Cockrell (1909-1999) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of a doctor and a nurse. She attended several colleges, including Sophie Newcomb College, now part of Tulane University, where she met her husband, Francis (Frank) Cockrell. They married in 1932, during the Depression, when Frank had quit college because his family could no longer afford it, and began to write short stories for magazines such as College Humor. Marian began to write as well, and published stories in magazines including Redbook, Collier's, MacLean's, and the Saturday Evening Post. After their wedding, they lived in St. Augustine and New Orleans before moving to Los Angeles, where they began to write screenplays. This was interrupted by WWII, when Frank was sent to the Pacific and Marian moved back home to Birmingham. During the war she completed an unfinished novel of Frank's, Dark Waters, which was published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, and then made into a film starring Merle Oberon. Among her television credits are a number of scripts for Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the 1950s, and two episodes of the 1960s Batman series, on which she collaborated with Frank. While Frank began to write strictly for the screen, Marian became a novelist. Besides Dark Waters, her adult novels included Lillian Harley, Something Between, Yesterday's Madness, all written in the 40s, and The Revolt of Sarah Perkins, The Misadventures of Bethany Price, and Mixed Blessings, written in the 60s and 70s. Shadow Castle was her only children's book.

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200 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 12 years


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Open Road Media

Publication date

14th April 2016



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