Despite its uber precious cover, The Silver Crown is crazy creepy, and not at all the adorable story of a girl and her bunny. Instead, the heroine, Ellen, starts off on her trail of intrigue after her home explodes, presumably with her entire family inside.
I should have known, since it's by the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, which is similarly goose-pimple inducing.
There are some dated moments, for instance, when Ellen tells her cohort Otto a story she'd heard about chinamen. But ultimately, this is a perfect adventure story, quickly paced and complete with brainwashed children, an expert wood-carver, and all the masked assassins that any reader can handle.