The Resource The forbidden library, Django Wexler

The forbidden library, Django Wexler

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The forbidden library
Title
The forbidden library
Statement of responsibility
Django Wexler
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When her father is lost at sea shortly after meeting a very unusual visitor, Alice must leave her home to live with an "uncle" whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books
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Writing style
Award
Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 6-8, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 Twelve-year-old Alice has always been obedient, studious, and polite. So she is not sure what to do when she sees her father being threatened by a fairy when he has always insisted fairies weren’t real. Before she can ask, he disappears on a business trip, and Alice is sent to a mysterious uncle living in a labyrinthine estate complete with a forbidden library. Like another Alice, she follows a talking cat into the enchanted space in search of answers. It’s a perfect, if traditional, setup, and fans of Harry Potter and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart (2003) will relish that the library houses magical books, which only Readers can use. After entering a book and defeating the creature therein, and thus harnessing its power, Alice becomes her uncle’s apprentice. It’s a joy to watch the dutiful Alice develop her innate curiosity and become a proactive, resourceful heroine, matching wits with snarky cats, dangerous beasts, and a certain smug boy. This is a charming, adventuresome fantasy from a promising new author. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 04-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 16, p51)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Alice is sent to live with her Uncle Geryon after her father's ship goes down in a storm. She's never heard of this man and doesn't know what to expect when she arrives at his mansion. The only instruction she is given is to avoid the library. Left to her own devices, she meets a talking cat named Ashes, and Isaac, a boy who challenges her to open a book from the forbidden library. Giving in to temptation, she picks one up, finds herself trapped inside it, and must fight her way out. Along the way, Alice learns about the secrets that surrounded her father and the truth about Uncle Geryon. Every character she meets has a hidden agenda and so she must be careful whom she trusts. Alice questions everything she has been told and has to figure out everyone's motives, ultimately relying on her wits to survive. Each chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, and eerie illustrations enhance the story. This novel is reminiscent of Corneila Funke's Inkheart (Scholastic, 2003) and Neil Gaiman's Coraline (HarperCollins, 2002). Wexler ingeniously creates an inventive world with interesting creatures and frightening situations. The ending will leave children with many questions, as a sequel is strongly implied.—H. Islam, Brooklyn Public Library --H. Islam (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p155)
  • Being a Reader comes with significant challenges in this fantasy filled with ever-changing library stacks, enchanted books and talking cats. Late one night, 12-year-old Alice Creighton stumbles upon her father in conversation with a threatening fairy. Next thing she knows, her dad is off to Buenos Aires on a steamer ship that mysteriously goes down in a freak storm. Now an orphan, she is sent to live with her uncle Jerry, aka Geryon, who happens to have an unusual and off-limits library that harbors a coveted book and creatures that may explain what really happened to Mr. Creighton. There, she meets the boy Isaac, a Reader, who has the power to enter books and interact with the creatures within them, and discovers that she's a Reader, too. She is also given the opportunity to apprentice herself to Geryon, which she takes in a desperate effort to find her father. Alice proves to be an active and intelligent heroine who adeptly pulls compatriot and rival Isaac out of more than one potentially fatal challenge. Vaguely reminiscent of Harry Potter, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Inkheart all rolled into one, it's good fun, if a tad light on character transformation and sagging a bit in the middle. Working in the grand tradition of children's fantasy, Wexler's off to a promising start. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10307792
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wexler, Django
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
920L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.W5358
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The forbidden library
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Wizards
  • Libraries
  • Books and reading
  • Fairies
  • Cats
  • Orphans
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The forbidden library, Django Wexler
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780803739758
Lccn
2013015285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The forbidden library, Django Wexler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9780803739758
Lccn
2013015285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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