The Golden Key
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A children’s classic with stunning new artwork
 When young Mossy hears the legend that anyone who manages to find the end of a rainbow will be rewarded with a golden key, he becomes determined to do exactly that. But finding the golden key is the easy part—discovering what it unlocks is a much harder task. Together with a runaway girl named Tangle, the two set out to find the key’s purpose—and discover their own along the way.

George MacDonald’s beloved fairytale is brought to life by Ruth Sanderson’s sumptuous illustrations, making this a perfect gift for readers of all ages.


George MacDonald was one of the most respected authors of his generation in 19th-century Scotland. He wrote over fifty books in his lifetime, and his work has inspired authors ever since, including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. Many of his books are considered to be classics of children’s literature.
Ruth Sanderson been a professional illustrator since 1975, with over 80 published children’s books. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and teaches classes on writing and illustrating children’s literature at Hollins University’s summer graduate program.
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The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Richly described and illustrated. . . . Sanderson's dramatic black and white scratchboard illustrations bring grace and depth to this old story."

"Sanderson's black-and-white illustrations play on the story's motif of light and darkness as she skillfully depicts the children's journey through fairyland. . . . Beautifully presented."