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The Dark Hills Divide

Carman, Patrick (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall.
Authors: Carman, Patrick
Title: The Dark Hills divide
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 2005
Edition: 1st Orchard Books ed
Characteristics: 253 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Patrick Carman
Summary: When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall.
ISBN: 9780439700931
0439700930
Branch Call Number: j CARMAN
Subject Headings: Human-animal communication Juvenile fiction Forest animals Juvenile fiction Forests and forestry Juvenile fiction Magic Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Human-animal communication
Forest animals
Forests and forestry
Magic
LCCN: 2004016312
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When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall. First of a series.

When Alexa finds the key to a secret passageway, she finally has the chance to explore the mysterious forests beyond the wall. There she finds intelligent animals and more. Also available as downloadable audio and audiobook on CD.


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Oct 17, 2012
  • Borrobil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Within the first chapter of this book, I was in love. I'm a huge perfectionist when it comes to literature but there isn't a thing I would change about this novel. This series is probably one of the best fantasy series of my generation.
Alexa Daley is one of the best heroines I've ever come across. The author doesn't try too hard to make her ironic, a flaw in most heroines’ construction. A lot of authors try too hard to make their heroines ironic or unique to appeal to the easily-bored, individualistic mindset of the modern world. The result is an empty husk. A lot of authors also have to drop hints to show the characteristics they are trying to establish, or directly state that their characters are ironic or unique. But the character’s actions don’t show the attributes they claim to have. Alexa is a curious soul who loves adventure and a bookaholic. She is mischievous but lovable. The author gives her little imperfections; she’s occasionally disobedient, breaks things from time to time. Also unlike a lot of heroines, little emphasis is placed on her looks. In the two books I have read, the author spends one paragraph describing her looks. He just describes her as short, skinny, with sandy-colored hair in a braid. He just describes her, not saying whether or not she is ugly or attractive, because he knows that is not relevant. Alexa doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about her looks. She cares more about learning, being with those she loves, and finding adventure. In a lot of other books I’ve read, the authors put a lot of emphasis on the characters’ looks. Even the ones that are supposedly “plain” receive a lot of praise for their looks and worrying a great deal about their appearances, using their looks to manipulate others. This is no message to be spreading to young girls. I wish there were more heroines like Alexa out there.
There are an abundance of bad openings out there. One of them is immediately jamming the first chapter with tons of action, names and concepts in a ham-fisted attempt to grab the reader’s attention. Carman understands the importance of suspense, though. He understands that plot and setting must be fully developed. He gives away little clues to the action to come, urging the reader to read on. Instead of relying too heavily on mythology, the author creates his own mythology.
The plot was not predictable, the ending was unexpected.

Aug 14, 2012
  • JennaLatifiMalo13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ya. it was a bit boring in the first few pages, but then it became very interesting. I own it. I hate Pervis Kotcher!

It's a great book. The start kind was kind of boring. But, the boring part was very small. Then, it picked up and was fantastic. Great for nine years old -twelve years old.

Jun 01, 2012
  • millyrocks rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

it was a bit boring at start

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