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Manley, Ruth

Ruth Manley was born in Barcaldine, Queensland in 1919. She wanted to write from an early age, and her adult short stories were published in Australian magazines in the 1950s. Her love of Japanese mythology burgeoned when she studied Japanese language and literature at the University of Queensland as a mature student, in her forties, under the brilliant tutelage of Professor Joyce Ackroyd, and she graduated with high distinctions. Her first book, The Plum-Rain Scroll, published in 1978, was chosen as Children’s Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, to be followed by The Dragon Stone, shortlisted by the CBC, and The Peony Lantern. She died in 1986.
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The Plum-Rain Scroll

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1979 CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR A fantastic tale of peril and heroic deeds set in Idzumo, the old Japan of legend and living folklore. Marishoten, the evil Black Iris Lord, seeks to overthrow the Mikado and usurp the Chrysanthemum throne. But first he must find the Plum-Rain Scroll, which holds the three secrets which will help him to achieve his victory. From the humble Tachibana-ya, the Orange Tree Inn, two unlikely companions set forth to seek the Scroll before Marishoten can achieve his evil design: Taro, the Odd Job boy, and Prince Hachi (Lord Eight Thousand Spears). Their quest takes them far into the countryside, where they are joined by seven even more unlikely companions. When this courageous group finally arrive in Miyako, their adventures reach a stunning climax as they come face to face with their enemy. This unique story has long proven its appeal to readers young and old. Ruth Manley’s deep knowledge of Japanese language and literature, particularly her affinity with Japanese folklore, has created an enduring masterpiece.