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ISBN13: 9781582349985
ISBN10: 1582349983
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Bonnie, a girl torn between the harsh reality of her mother's weaknesses and her grandmother's strong will escapes her home one day by sneaking into her neighbor's hot air balloon. But instead of flying into the clouds and back down, she lands in another world, something like her own, but both kinder and somehow much more terrifying. She's not sure if she can ever leave this nearly parallel world and return to her own. And if she did, she isn't sure she'll be able to bring back with her the sense of warmth and love she has grown to cherish. Amazingly, she does both.

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"Published in England in 1990 and now available in the U.S. for the first time, Fisk's (The Secret of Sabrina Fludde) debut novel should stimulate fantasy readers in search of more than simple escapism. Unusual in both style and content, the book allows the audience a look at a world with its own internal logic; the exact workings of that logic are never explained, but the storytelling has such conviction, and the characters behave with such assurance in the conventions of their world, that the result is likelier to tantalize than to frustrate. Bonnie, growing up with her single mother, lives in constant fear of Grandbag, her mean-spirited and dictatorial grandmother. While exploring the grounds around her new apartment one night, Bonnie stumbles into a mysterious, walled property. There she learns that a man is planning a 'practice flight' that evening, and she surreptitiously returns, to discover him inflating a hot-air balloon. In a characteristically dreamlike development, the inflation of the hot-air balloon automatically prompts the appearance of a 'shadowboy,' who later pulls Bonnie into the basket. Whisked away to another world, Bonnie finds Arabella, a girl who looks just like her. Arabella's family takes Bonnie in as one of their own, but soon an incarnation of Grandbag intrudes on this alternate reality. Fisk leaves it to readers to make many connections for themselves, confidently allowing much of the story to remain just below the surface. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Pauline Fisk is the author of many wonderful books for children, including The Secret of Sabrina Fludde. Midnight Blue was her stunning debut novel and is only now available in the US. Her hobbies are walking, thinking, being by the sea, reading, enjoying her family, and music. Pauline lives in Shropshire, England, near the hills where Midnight Blue is set.

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Gold Gato, September 18, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
The Wizard of Oz flies into England. Or something like that. The book starts off well with high expectations, as we just know the main character (yet another dissatisfied pre-teen) will go off on an adventure. Two wonderful characters are introduced, wonderful in that they could have supplied a real tug-of-war between the forces of good and evil, but then they just kind of disappear when they're no longer needed. Like waiters.

Shadowboy and Grandbag deserved some more attention, as did the unseen characters of Wild Edric and Lady Godda. Midway through the book, the action just peeters out, without much interest to keep the reader involved. I couldn't help but think of a British accented Judy Garland. Sorry.

Book Season = Autumn (maybe trees need to be rustling or something)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582349985
Author:
Fisk, Pauline
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050506
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
218
Dimensions:
198.00 x 129.00 in
Age Level:
03-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Published in England in 1990 and now available in the U.S. for the first time, Fisk's (The Secret of Sabrina Fludde) debut novel should stimulate fantasy readers in search of more than simple escapism. Unusual in both style and content, the book allows the audience a look at a world with its own internal logic; the exact workings of that logic are never explained, but the storytelling has such conviction, and the characters behave with such assurance in the conventions of their world, that the result is likelier to tantalize than to frustrate. Bonnie, growing up with her single mother, lives in constant fear of Grandbag, her mean-spirited and dictatorial grandmother. While exploring the grounds around her new apartment one night, Bonnie stumbles into a mysterious, walled property. There she learns that a man is planning a 'practice flight' that evening, and she surreptitiously returns, to discover him inflating a hot-air balloon. In a characteristically dreamlike development, the inflation of the hot-air balloon automatically prompts the appearance of a 'shadowboy,' who later pulls Bonnie into the basket. Whisked away to another world, Bonnie finds Arabella, a girl who looks just like her. Arabella's family takes Bonnie in as one of their own, but soon an incarnation of Grandbag intrudes on this alternate reality. Fisk leaves it to readers to make many connections for themselves, confidently allowing much of the story to remain just below the surface. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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