Synopses & Reviews
When Felix's parents take him to "The Divide" a spot in Costa Rica where the waters that run down to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans separate Felix finds himself in a bizarre parallel world where mythical creatures and magic are a reality. There, he meets Betony, a tangle child and herbalist who becomes his friend in this strange land. As Felix explores this new world he soon discovers that its mythical beasts and fairy folk think Felix is a legendary creature who uses practical science instead of magic! Will Felix ever find his way back home...and will he want to?
"[O]nce the ball gets rolling, the story is inviting....The tale ends...with a nicely constructed cliff-hanger, leaving those who enjoyed this odd journey hungry for the next." Publishers Weekly
"Kay's grand adventure...is packed with humor as the protagonists work to turn the tables on Snakeweed and his minions. The conclusion points to a sequel." Sally Estes, Booklist
"This journey to a parallel world is competent but unexceptional....Fine, but less creative than it sounds." Kirkus Reviews
"This is a light, enjoyable read, but one cannot escape the feeling that it has not lived up to its potential." School Library Journal
"The characterization is thin, with the reader tending to lose sight of which characters are which as many are drawn into the story. Readers will not likely be gushing about this book, but some fantasy fans might enjoy the premise of the alternate worlds." Sherrie Williams, VOYA
"This British fantasy is an entertaining light read for younger YAs, with both suspense and humor." Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
This summer, Felix is spending his vacation in Costa Rica. At a spot called The Divide, Felix tumbles into a magical backwards world where mythical creatures are real and human beings are only a legend.
While spending his vacation in Costa Rica, Felix stumbles into The Divide, a magical world where mythical creatures are real and human beings are only a legend.
About the Author
Elizabeth Kay works as a teacher as well as a professional writer and illustrator. She has published radio plays, short stories and poetry, and two novels for children--The Divide and Back to the Divide. The final book in the Divide trilogy will be published in the summer of 2005. In the story of thirteen-year-old Felix, The Divide provides a mixture of imagination and humor. While on vacation in Costa Rica, Felix, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening heart disease, falls into a fantasy world. There, he meets a variety of fictional creatures who help him find a cure for his illness and help him get back home.
In the second title of the trilogy, Back to the Divide, Felix must save his parents from a dangerous curse. The evil Snakeweed freezes Felixs parents in a curse that also endangers the Earth! Felix must work to free his parents and save the world.
Elizabeth Kay has two grown-up daughters and lives in Surrey, England.