The Door in the Forest

The Door in the Forest

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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While trying to outwit the soldiers who are occupying their small town, fourteen-year-old Daniel, who cannot lie, and Emily, who discovers she has magical powers, are inexplicably drawn to a mysterious island in the heart of the forest where townsfolk have been warned never to go.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375856013
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm.
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 7.0 143249.
Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.4 14 Quiz: 53562.


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Nov 24, 2015

Not at all what I expected but I enjoyed it. I totally agree with JCLChrisk,, worth reading

JCLChrisK Nov 04, 2015

Not quite like anything else I've read, this book. It has an intentionally vague, historical setting, with an intentionally vague, ominous menace. It has magic of the subtle, almost magical-realism variety. It has mysteries and lies and secrets. And it has characters with grit and compassion, faults and limitations, fears and dreams, and bravery when it counts.

At first glance this story seems like it might be idyllic and meandering. Then the first secret shows up, then the next and the next, and it quickly becomes gripping and suspenseful. Add in some evocative, lovely description and effective dialogue, the protagonists who surprise themselves and the unpredictable antagonist, and, of course, the mysterious magic, and this ends up a moving, highly satisfying tale.


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