The Resource The key to Rondo, Emily Rodda

The key to Rondo, Emily Rodda

Label
The key to Rondo
Title
The key to Rondo
Statement of responsibility
Emily Rodda
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Through an heirloom music box, Leo, a serious, responsible boy, and his badly-behaved cousin Mimi enter the magical world of Rondo to rescue Mimi's dog from a sorceress, who wishes to exchange him for the key that allows free travel between worlds
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Award
  • Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA), Older Readers, 2008.
  • Young Australians' Best Book Awards (YABBA), Older Readers, 2008.
Review
  • Gr. 4-7 Sensible, rule-conscious Leo Zifkak inherits a family heirloom music box from his great-aunt Bethany along with directives on its use: only three turns of the key—and never turn the key, close the lid, or move the box while it is playing. When Leo's willful cousin Mimi arrives for a visit, the pair experiment with the device and find themselves transported to Rondo, the magical kingdom depicted on the box, where they attempt to rescue Mimi's dog from an evil sorceress. Rodda, the author of the Rowan of Rin series, has created another appealing fantasy, this one populated with familiar fairy-tale characters and long-lost relatives of Leo and Mimi. Rodda keeps the pace brisk and the plot turns frequent as the children try to figure out whom they can trust and negotiate an alternate reality where fairy tales are accounts of members of their own families. A good choice for fantasy buffs or fans of Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods (2007). -- Weisman, Kay (Reviewed 12-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 8, p)
  • Gr 4–6— When Leo's annoying cousin, Mimi, and her dog arrive for an extended visit, she encourages him to break the rules that accompany the family music box left to him by Great Aunt Bethany. Overwinding the box opens the gate to Rondo, and the Blue Queen jumps into their world and kidnaps Mutt. Mimi insists on rescuing him and follows her back into the fairy-tale world of the music box, and Leo is dragged along as he attempts to stop his cousin. The two children travel over the sides of the box from the town market scene, to the Flitter wood full of pixielike creatures guiding them, to the Dark Forest, and finally to the palace of the Queen. Along the way traditional characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales appear to help or hinder their progress, from Old MacDonald to Grandma, who was once tricked by the wolf. The ground is infested with "dots," gingerbread men who are kept away by a sly fox and a brave pig (who went to work after her house was blown down). While the characters and writing are neither complex nor literary, children will get a thrill from identifying the familiar tales referenced. The rollicking, action-packed plot moves along quickly and twists keep readers guessing. Not quite as well crafted as Cornelia Funke's Inkheart (Scholastic, 2003), this story will likely appeal to a less-experienced, less-sophisticated audience.—Kelly Vikstrom, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD --Kelly Vikstrom (Reviewed April 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 4, p147)
  • At the start of Rodda's (the Deltora Quest series) proficient, old-fashioned fantasy, Leo's great-aunt Bethany has bequeathed him the Langlander family treasure: a music box with minutely painted details of a realm populated, as Leo discovers, by fairytale and nursery rhyme characters. Specific rules govern the music box, as all Bethany's relatives know, and dependable Leo plans to obey them strictly. But when his much-loathed cousin Mimi arrives for an extended stay, she seizes the first opportunity to break them. Suddenly figures on the box seem to have moved from their spots—and could it be that its butterflies now fly in Leo's room? Before long the children have summoned a sorceress, who lures them into Rondo by returning there with Mimi's dog in tow. This novel offers many elements characteristic of classic children's fantasy: an alternate world, a magical object that bridges worlds, two unsupervised child protagonists on a quest, tension about the protagonists' ability to get home again. Rodda's embellishments—the children find Langlander relatives in Rondo and discover that in Rondo their family history serves as fairytale—add some texture as well as originality. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 25, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 8, p79)
  • /* Starred Review */ Rodda liberally sprinkles nursery-rhyme references and fairy-tale motifs among her own fresh details to create a splendidly vivid world. Leo and his "least-favorite second cousin" Mimi have seen each other annually at Great-Aunt Bethany's prim afternoon teas. When Great-Aunt Bethany dies and leaves Leo a finely painted music box, he plans to obey its strict rules—"Turn the key three times only," etc.—but Mimi comes to visit and immediately the music box is overwound. The tiny, delicately bold paintings on its sides come to life, springing into Leo's bedroom. An evil queen snatches Mimi's dog back into the music-box world, and Leo and Mimi are off in pursuit. Despite clashing temperaments, the two stick together through their frightening and colorful travels, while adults seem to constantly flip-flop in trustworthiness. Many references are inexplicit and connections left until the satisfying end; Rodda trusts her readers and gives them sweetness and real emotion with zero sentimentality. A perfect companion to Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods (2007). (Fantasy. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
259681
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rodda, Emily
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Rondo
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Space and time
  • Magic
  • Witches
  • Music box
  • Cousins
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The key to Rondo, Emily Rodda
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Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780545035354
Lccn
2007016873
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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Label
The key to Rondo, Emily Rodda
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780545035354
Lccn
2007016873
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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