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The Secret of Kells

Little Brendan has spent all his life within the imposing walls of the Abbey of Kells. While his uncle Abbot Cellach once made illuminated manuscripts of faith, he has become consumed with the approaching threat of the vicious Vikings from the North. Escaping from them is Brother Aiden, a sage and a master illuminator. While the Abbot’s sole concern is the physical defense of Kells, Brother Aiden’s work is in the world of imagination. He is creating the most sacred, magical book in all of Ireland.The arrival of Brother Aiden reveals a new and marvelous reality to Brendan. In the company of the cat Panga he ventures into the mysterious world outside the Abbey’s walls, connecting with Aisling, a powerful spirit creature of the woods. Still, the Vikings are not the only dark threat he’ll need to face—both courage and imagination are needed if the book is to be saved. [Synopsis courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent]