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In the midst of his mother’ s struggle with cancer, fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime. Accompanying his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, Alexander sets off on an expedition to the remote world of the Amazon. On this mission he meets Nadia, the young daughter of their local guide and together they begin a magical and mystical adventure.

Questions For Discussion: Alexander goes into a destructive rage after witnessing his father chopping off his mother’ s hair. How does this reaction help the reader understand the pain that he is experiencing? How do his reactions to his mother’ s illness compare to those of his sisters?
Kate Cold purposely isn’ t waiting at the airport for Alexander when he arrives in New York. How does this help to prepare him for their journey to the Amazon? Discuss the mistakes he makes and what important lessons he learns from them.
Describe the relationship between Alexander and his grandmother. How is this relationship different from the typical relationship between a grandmother and her grandson? How does their relationship help Alexander cope with both his mother’ s illness and the journey into the Amazon? Are there any instances in the story when the relationship changes?
Describe how the male chauvinistic ideals of Mauro Carias and Ludovic Leblanc’ s clash with the strong-minded women on the journey.
What are totemic animals? Describe the circumstances of how Alexander and Nadia’ s totemic animals are revealed to them.
How do Alexander and Nadia’ s strengths and weaknesses complimentone another? Give examples from the book of how they help each other overcome their personal weaknesses by relying on the other’ s personal strengths.
How does Dr. Omayra Torres deceive the other members of the group? How are her motives ironic?
What is the symbolism of the crystal eggs and the water of health? Why do Nadia and Alexander risk their lives for these things? What do they give up in order to attain them?
Explain the irony surrounding Ludovic Leblanc. How does his public image and reputation contrast with his personal actions? How do his opinions about the Indians and the Beast change as the story evolves?
Who is Walimai? What role does he play in the story?
Describe the Beasts. What is unique about them? How do they compare to the image that the members of the expedition had projected?

About The Author:

Isabel Allende was born in Peru and raised in Chile. She is the author of these international best-sellers for adult readers: "Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, The Infinite Plan, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and "The House of the Spirits, the short story collection "The Stories of Eva Luna, the memoir "Paula, and "Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. She lives in California.

Review:

"Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills in Allende's first novel for young readers....Reluctant readers may be intimidated by the thickness of this volume, but the plot moves at a rapid pace, laced with surprises and ironic twists....[M]any readers will find the author's formula successful with its environmentalist theme, a pinch of the grotesque and a larger dose of magic." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the chance to take the trip of a lifetime. Parting from his family and ill mother, Alexander joins his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon. Their mission, along with the others on their team — including a celebrated anthropologist, a local guide and his young daughter Nadia, and a doctor — is to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

Under the dense canopy of the jungle, Alexander is amazed to discover much more than he could have imagined about the hidden worlds of the rain forest. Drawing on the strength of the jaguar, the totemic animal Alexander finds within himself, and the eagle, Nadia's spirit guide, both young people are led by the invisible People of the Mist on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery....

In a stunning novel of high adventure, internationally celebrated novelist Isabel Allende leads readers through the intricacies of two personal quests, and on an epic voyage — teeming with magical realism — into the wonder-filled heart of the Amazon.

About the Author

Born in Peru, Isabel Allende was raised in Chile. She is the author of the novels Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, The Infinite Plan, Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and The House of the Spirits, the short story collection The Stories of Eva Luna, the memoir Paula, and Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. City of the Beast is her first novel for young readers. She lives in California.

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satine, January 2, 2007 (view all comments by satine)
I highly recommend the ?City of the Beasts?.
It is a great masterpiece that opens your eyes to a new world. It?s a thrilling adventure that is very exhilarating. It is a book that can be read by both adults and teenagers witch is becoming rare, but, for Isabel Allende, it looks as if it is the easiest task in the world. She takes you to a new place full of wonder and makes you meet interesting people by telling a story full of enchantment, mystery and unbelievable facts.

The ?City of the Beasts?, the first book of a
wild trilogy brings you to the deeps of the Amazon forest where two teenagers try to solve the mystery of the Beast. They are accompanied by a group of different personalities.

Once you start reading, you will enter a world
of discovery and you will never want to exit. It?s a wonderful joy to read. I personally guarantee that you will get hooked on this book. At the same time that you are reading you will get informed on new civilizations and their cultures. Once you have closed this book, your mind will be fiddling with new questions that you will get answered once you will reopen it. When you will be finished devouring this work of art there will two others waiting for you that will finish this exciting trilogy.
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chase Bergthold, May 19, 2006 (view all comments by chase Bergthold)
this book was very well writen and had a lot of emotion. though there are is a lot of gical elements in the book that a teanager mey not completly relate with i thinl that the issues that alexander is going through every teenager can identify with.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060509187
Translator:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Allende, Isabel
Author:
Allende, Isabelle
Author:
by Isabel Allende
Publisher:
Rayo
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
Amazon River Valley
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Volume 4
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.86x5.32x1.49 in. 1.16 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 416 pages HarperCollins Children's Books - English 9780060509187 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills in Allende's first novel for young readers....Reluctant readers may be intimidated by the thickness of this volume, but the plot moves at a rapid pace, laced with surprises and ironic twists....[M]any readers will find the author's formula successful with its environmentalist theme, a pinch of the grotesque and a larger dose of magic."
"Synopsis" by , When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
"Synopsis" by , Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the chance to take the trip of a lifetime. Parting from his family and ill mother, Alexander joins his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon. Their mission, along with the others on their team — including a celebrated anthropologist, a local guide and his young daughter Nadia, and a doctor — is to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

Under the dense canopy of the jungle, Alexander is amazed to discover much more than he could have imagined about the hidden worlds of the rain forest. Drawing on the strength of the jaguar, the totemic animal Alexander finds within himself, and the eagle, Nadia's spirit guide, both young people are led by the invisible People of the Mist on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery....

In a stunning novel of high adventure, internationally celebrated novelist Isabel Allende leads readers through the intricacies of two personal quests, and on an epic voyage — teeming with magical realism — into the wonder-filled heart of the Amazon.

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