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Of giants and ice, Shelby Bach

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Of giants and ice
Title
Of giants and ice
Statement of responsibility
Shelby Bach
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Language
eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Rory, daughter of a famous actress and a famous movie director, finds herself becoming a celebrity in her own right as she helps create a new fairy tale as a participant in the after school program, Ever After School
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 First-time author Bach offers a fresh take on the whole fairy-tales-made-real theme. Rory Landon, known best for her Hollywood parents, finds herself at the Ever After School. At first she assumes the school is a role-playing game gone overboard, but eventually she accepts the truth: magic is real and each student is a Character destined to star in a variation of a Tale. To Rory’s discomfort, she finds that she is well-known for her own sake, not for her parents—and she doesn’t understand why the evil Snow Queen is talking about her. When Rory’s new friend, Lena, starts her own Tale, a variation of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” she chooses Rory to help, and secrets are revealed. The pace picks up at this point, with giants, baby dragons, and the Snow Queen in her Glass Mountain prison. While the story lags occasionally, particularly the overly long denouement, the book succeeds overall. Full of action, humor, realistic school dynamics, and plenty of opportunity for future books, this one should be popular. Pair with Marissa Burt’s Storybound (2012). -- Harold, Suzanne (Reviewed 09-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 1)
  • Gr 5 – 7 — When sixth-grader Rory attends Ever After School, she can finally stop "acting like a side character" in the lives of her famous movie-actress mother and director father. EAS, it turns out, is not a run-of-the-mill after-school program but a place filled with magic-dragons, talking fawns, and tables with never-ending food-and her new acquaintances are "characters-in-training" who, under the guidance of fairy-tale heavyweights (e.g., Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin), go off to fight giants, dragons, and the evil Snow Queen. When Rory's friend Lena chooses her and Chase (Rory's nemesis) to accompany her up the beanstalk to steal the giant's gold, they have no idea of the dangers they'll face or the demands the tale will impose. From getting trapped in a locked rolltop desk to fighting off wolves inside a glass mountain, the threesome meet every challenge head-on, narrowly escaping being captured (or eaten!), and returning triumphant, if a bit battle-scarred. Rory realizes that, even with her transient life, she'll remain part of EAS and be ready someday to vanquish the Snow Queen in a fairy tale that is uniquely hers. Readers will delight in fast-paced, detail-rich chapters. There's plenty of magic to intrigue Harry Potter fans and enough twists and turns to entice even reluctant readers. The relationships among the three strong protagonists develop believably, and the secondary characters have enough dimension to maintain interest. This debut novel is a light, fun look at fairy tales after the "happily ever after."—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 9, p137)
  • In the frothy launch of the Ever Afters series, sixth-grader Rory Landon receives much unwanted attention as a result of her divorced celebrity parents and her perpetual status as the new kid. But when she's recruited by the Ever After School, where no one knows her family and fairy tales are recreated, she feels like her life is beginning. Rory immediately establishes her capability by rescuing a girl from a dragon and meets characters like Rumpelstiltskin, the librarian; Hansel, the sword-fighting instructor; and Sleeping Beauty, the Director. Despite Rory's ominous dreams and the knowledge that tales can be "failed" (meaning people die), she embarks on a journey into "Jack and the Beanstalk" with two other "Characters-in-training": Lena, an aspiring inventor, and Chase, a cocky son of a legend. Bach's premise is entertaining, and her storytelling offers charming details—particularly as the students tackle iconic obstacles (such as climbing the beanstalk). The laundry list of fairy tales and characters involved, though, results in an adventure that can feel cluttered. Ages 8–12. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary and Media. (July) --Staff (Reviewed August 20, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 34, p)
  • On an expedition to steal a giant's coins, hen and harp, Rory Landon discovers that she is destined for a special role in fairy-tale history. Only child of divorced celebrities, Rory is not your ordinary sixth-grader. She's had plenty of experience with after-school programs in the many different places she's lived. Nor is Ever After School your ordinary day care center. The children and grandchildren of fairy-tale characters, EASers are Characters-in-training, likely to be part of each other's tales and certain to be sent on one or more quests of their own. Here, for the first time in years, Rory makes friends who don't care about her famous parents. Here, she fights a dragon, with a real sword. And when her friend Lena's first tale turns out to require beanstalk-climbing, Rory's thrilled to be one of her Companions, even though she's afraid of heights and even though her least favorite person, Chase Turnleaf, is coming along. Their accidental visit to the Snow Queen in her Glass Mountain prison changes their relationship and sets the stage for a promised sequel. Rory recalls her adventures in a first-person chronological narration that includes plenty of dialogue. This fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy will appeal particularly to imaginative readers already familiar with traditional tales. (Fantasy. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10130480
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bach, Shelby
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 700L
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Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.B1319
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The ever afters
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Magic
  • Dreams
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Of giants and ice, Shelby Bach
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9781442431461
Lccn
2011029781
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Of giants and ice, Shelby Bach
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9781442431461
Lccn
2011029781
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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