|Pixar's masterpiece, UP
|four kids in the Roman Mysteries
|Before he got into mobile phones...
In The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch is Dorothy's Mentor. She gives Dorothy the Ruby Slippers as her talisman.
|a great Talisman for a girl: power shoes!
In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi is Luke's Mentor. He gives Luke his father's light-saber as the talisman.
|As you can see, the Mentor is often a man with a beard!
But who is the Mentor in the Pixar film UP? And what is the talisman?
If you remember that Mr. Carl Fredrickson is the unlikely Hero who sets off on a fantastic voyage to South America, then the answer is obvious.
|Even after she's gone, she's his mentor...
The Mentor is the person who calls the hero to the Quest. So Carl's Mentor is his wife Ellie. He first met her when they were young. She made him a member of her club and gave him the talisman, a grape-soda bottle-top badge. It has no magical powers, but it is infinitely precious to Carl and when he passes it on to his Faithful Sidekick Russell at the end of the film, Russell's eyes shine with pride.
|The Talisman doesn't have to be magical
My fourth grade teacher was a Mentor. She read A Wrinkle In Time to us and got me excited about fiction at an early age.
Someone you've never met can be a mentor. Author Mary Renault started me on a journey as a historian and writer of historical fiction. In fact, my parents were my mentors, and her book The Last of the Wine was my Talisman!
|I listened to Truby's tapes for a decade before I met him
Script Doctor John Truby (above) was my mentor for ten years before I ever met him, thanks to a set of audio cassettes (my talisman!). Truby is the wise teacher who gave me the tools I needed to write a plot onto which I could hang my ideas.
And just as we have benefitted from wonderful mentors, we can hope for nothing better than to be mentors ourselves!
Caroline Lawrence writes historical fiction for kids. Her latest book, The Thunder Omen, is out now. Find out more at www.carolinelawrence.com