The King’s castle stands alone atop Grand Ur Mountain, but even that does not match the solitude surrounding Princess Ali. With a carrot-shaped nose, she trudges through her princess duties with the most unfortunate face. With her pet greybar (a creature with the head of a greyhound, body of a polar bear, and wings of an eagle) as her only friend, Ally dreams of becoming a beautiful princess.
When Cory, a ninja-in-training, drops through the royal chimney, he does not intend to enlist the help of anyone, much less a girl, but she holds the key to the Creator’s map. The ancient map marks the secret hiding place of the magic Wishing Ring, a ring grants the wearer one wish.
Cory’s mysterious need for the ring and Ali’s dream of a beauty send the pair to a forgotten land. Only the war ravaged clan of Odana can translate the map’s key. But even if they manage to find a translator, the question remains—can they beat the Ogre who guards the ring?
“Are you going to help me, or not?” the voice cried.
“I thought you didn't need my help.”
“Just pull on my foot.”
“Didn't your mother teach you any manners?” Ally posted her hands on her hips once more.
“Oh for the love of flies, will you pull my foot, puhleez?”
“I'd be happy to,” she said. Ally stood, reached forward, and grabbed the ankle. But when she pulled with all her might, the voice cried out in pain, and the foot hadn’t budged an inch. Ally paused, rubbed her nose, and thought for a second while the boy whimpered from the chimney. “Hold on for a second.”
“No problem, I'm not going anywhere.”
Ally raced down the hall and into the kitchen. There, Wakoshoo lay on his mat beside the warm stove. His legs kicked the air as he dreamed.
“Wakoshoo, come.” Ally hated to waken her friend, but a boy's life could be at stake. On the other hand, maybe it was just his pride. She snickered. Whatever the stakes, she wanted to know who hung in her fireplace and why.
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