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The dark hills divide, Patrick Carman

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The dark hills divide
Title
The dark hills divide
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Patrick Carman
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Language
eng
Summary
When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall
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  • Gr. 4-6. In the first book of the Land of Elyon trilogy, which was originally self-published in 2003 and became a sensation in the Pacific Northwest, 12-year-old Alexa Daley makes the annual trip with her father, the mayor of Lathbury, to Bridewell. She has always longed to see outside the wall surrounding the town, which had been built years earlier to keep out an unnamed evil. Indeed, Alexa does unravel mysteries outside the wall, which include a destructive threat to her world, as she discovers the magical power that is part of her destiny. Readers will easily identify with intrepid Alex, who tells her own story, and her tale is simple and exciting enough to appeal to both the usual fantasy crowd and children who may not otherwise be genre readers. -- Sally Estes (BookList, 03-01-2005, p1193)
  • Gr 4-6 –This entertaining, accessible fantasy is the first in a planned trilogy. Alexa, 12, longs to venture outside the high stone walls surrounding the towns and roads of her kingdom. When the elderly founder dies unexpectedly, she uses his secret key to unlock a hidden passage leading outside the barriers. There, the local animals tell her of the devastation wreaked by the walls, dividing some of them from their food supplies, homes, and families. They offer to help her prevent an impending invasion that would turn the barriers into permanent military strongholds, in return for her help in bringing them down. There's nothing very original about the novel's preindustrial setting or appealing characters, and Alexa's voice varies occasionally from precocious fantasy heroine ("I…was immediately captivated by the audacious subject matter") to anachronistically modern preteen ("a wimpy meow"). However, the story moves along at a fine clip, with plenty of suspense and action to hold readers' interest. Double identities, mysterious codes, and Alexa's magical gift of speaking with animals all enliven the plot, and the highly cinematic writing style will allow readers to visualize her adventures clearly.–Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT --Beth Wright (Reviewed April 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 4, p129)
  • /* Starred Review */ In his debut fantasy, the launch of the Land of Elyon series, Carman crafts an intriguingly insular world, and introduces a plucky, convincingly curious heroine who yearns to see what lies outside of it. Alexa Daley, 12 years old, lives within the walled kingdom of Elyon with her father, the mayor of Lathbury, and his influential friends. As the story opens, readers learn through a flashback that Alexa was taking a walk with Warvold, the kingdom's architect, when he inexplicably died; she takes a key from the locket he wears, and returns home. While the adults grapple with the population problem within this confined space, Alexa follows her passion—to find "a way outside the wall"—and escapes, thanks to Warvold's key. Once outside, a two-foot-high man greets her and leads her on a quest through a seemingly enchanted land with talking animals. From them she learns that Warvold had selected her as "the chosen one," to complete a task he left unfinshed. The author slowly reveals how Warvold's internallized fears prompted him to build the wall, with all sorts of unforeseen ramifications. ("The monster is the wall itself," one animal tells her.) Carman dabbles in social commentary with his intimations of the perils of isolationism, but even more effectively plumbs the psychological reverberations of playing out one's fears. Readers of all ages will gain much from this tale and eagerly anticipate the next two planned volumes. Ages 8-13. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 21, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 8, p176)
  • Thomas Warvold, founder of the land of Elyon, constructed walls around its four towns, ensuring, so he thought, his people's safety from the dangers in the surrounding countryside. Even before his sudden, mysterious death, Warvold chose 12-year-old Alexa Daley to succeed him. Driven by her curiosity about the world outside, Alexa finds a tunnel that leads her to the woodlands. There, with the help of the forest-dwellers, she passes three trials and garners information and allies to save her country. After a slow introduction, the plot takes off, and the book becomes a real page-turner. Alexa, with her brains, courage and grit, proves to be an appealingly strong female hero and the story, enriched by folkloric traditions and a solid mystery, is sure to engage reader interest. The resolution provides a satisfactory ending, but there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the second and third volumes of the trilogy. Here's a good high fantasy for the girls. Bravo! (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
134548
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carman, Patrick
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
940L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
6.1
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True
Series statement
The Land of Elyon
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human-animal communication
  • Forest animals
  • Forests and forestry
  • Magic
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The dark hills divide, Patrick Carman
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  • sheet
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  • cri
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  • rdacontent
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Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First Scholastic edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9780439700931
Lccn
2004016312
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Other control number
  • 9780439758437
  • 9780439700931
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The dark hills divide, Patrick Carman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First Scholastic edition.
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9780439700931
Lccn
2004016312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780439758437
  • 9780439700931
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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