Can this Kid's Fantasy Book be ID'd?

All I remember is that the story involved a boy, a tower, and a talking donkey.

I started to read it something like 15 years ago (5th grade) but lost the book before getting halfway through.

Do these three properties of the book’s story narrow it down at all? What book might it have been?


i googled “boy tower donkey” and 9 of the first 10 references were either Shrek or Shrek 2 - oh, well.

oh and the first one was a Tower Records appearance of the BackStreet Boys

At least you didn’t get one of those Tijuana donkey shows… :smiley:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende has all three to a certain extent:

A boy named Bastian is the central character for much of the second half of the book.

The Ivory Tower is akin to the “capital” of Fantastica.

There is a talking donkey upon which Bastian rides for a chapter or two in the second half of the book.

My first thought was The Arkadians, but it was published in 1995. Was the donkey a poet?

I think so (it’s been a while since I read it). There’s a boy and a donkey, to be sure, but not a tower as far as I can remember–unless you mean the temple of the Pythia…