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Alexa Daley and her father return to the walled city of Bridewell, where Mr. Daley has more strictures for Alexa's behavior than ever. Nevertheless, Alexa leaves Bridewell through its underground tunnels led by Yipes, her tiny companion from Dark Hills Divide. Instructions in a letter from Warvold lead them in a quest to free the dead leader's wife from imprisonment in the Dark Tower on the other side of the eponymous valley. Gutsy Alexa centers this story, always ready to foster cooperation and accept help from well-intentioned friends, be they human or animal. Animal characters take an active and effective role in the adventure. The plot takes off a lot faster than in the first installment, because Carman integrates the backstory as needed in the text, rather than allowing it to slow down the pace. Although the resolution of this tale satisfies, it ends on a cliffhanger, leaving readers to wait in suspense for the story's finale. Still, a trip with Alexa Daley through the Valley of Thorns is well worth the effort. (Fiction. 10-12)
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CARMAN, Patrick. Beyond the Valley of Thorns. 221p. (The Land of Elyon Series). map. Scholastic/Orchard. 2005. Tr $11.99. ISBN 0-439-70094-9. LC number unavailable.
Gr 4-6–Mystery and adventure entwine in this second book in the series. Alexa and her odd companions (two men, one of whom is two feet tall; a squirrel; a wolf; a hawk; and a giant) share suspenseful and horrific experiences, such as escaping the Black Swarm (hundreds of deadly bats) and running from zombielike ogres on flame-covered hills with only jagged rocks and the Lonely Sea below. Dangerous scenes such as these lend excitement and fear as the group attempts to defeat Abaddon, an evil ogre who asserts his murderous will through lesser ogres and bats while chained in a great pit at the edge of the Tenth City. Carman provides enough background information for those who have not read the first installment. The text is poetic, full of childlike wonder, and well written, but the occasional lapse in action may make this novel unsuitable for some reluctant readers. These adventures seem daunting at times to mischievous Alexa, but fantasy fans will eagerly join in her quest.–Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
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(December 1, 2005; 0-439-70094-9; 978-0-439-70094-8)

In the second volume of The Land of Elyon series, thirteen-year-old Alexa Daley returns to Bridewell, scene of her previous adventure. With the walls around the road down, the forest seems at once more free and less protected, and even though Ganesh, her former nemesis, is gone, Alexa has the haunting feeling that all is not well. It really comes as no surprise when she hears knocking from behind the secret door in the library and finds herself again on the road with Yipes, the dwarf, his friend John Christopher, a wolf named Odessa, Murphy the squirrel, and Squire the hawk. What does surprise her is the nature of her quest: She must take the last Jocasta, a magical stone, and free the land of Castalia from evil Victor Grindall and his ogres. In the process, she loses friends, makes new ones, is reunited with loved ones she thought dead, and discovers that her tasks have just begun. Compared to The Dark Hills Divide (Orchard, 2005/VOYA April 2005), this volume seems a bit static. Even though the action is unrelenting, less time is taken with characterization. Few fantasy books would benefit from greater length, but this one could use a slightly more leisurely pace and a little more depth. Regardless it is still creditable fantasy for the elementary and middle school crowd, and readers of the first volume will snap it up and eagerly await the promised third volume.-Ann Welton.

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The second dazzling installment in Patrick Carman's masterful Land of Elyon trilogy!

Alexa thought her troubles were over when she defeated the man who had threatened to bring down Bridewell from within. But now that the walls around her land have fallen, a new, unexpected threat has risen from outside. Suddenly, Alexa is involved in a battle much, much larger than her own life . . . a battle in which she is destined to play a key role. In order to help good defeat evil, Alexa and her friends must venture farther than they've ever gone before -- confronting giants, bats, ravenous dogs, and a particularly ghoulish mastermind in order to bring back peace.
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  • Editeur : Brilliance Audio; Édition : MP3 Una (1 septembre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1597374032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597374033
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,3 x 1,3 x 17,1 cm
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Format: Poche
After saving Bridewell from the man who'd tried to destroy it from within, Alexa Daley thought her troubles were over.

But bringing down the walls has opened the land to a new threat from outside. Forces are gathering to bring darkness to the land, and Alexa must play a key role in stopping it from happening.

Her adventures will take her BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THORNS and have her confronting giants, bats, ravenous dogs, and an evil mastermind who might be more than she can handle.

Reuniting with Alexa in the adventure of the second THE LAND OF ELYON book thrilled me just as it did the first time I read it. These books are great for fantasy lovers of all ages.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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Beyond the Valley of Thorns 28 février 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Beyond the Valley of Thorns

Patrick Carmen

Orchard Books

"It was nighttime in the Dark Hills and we were without food, water, and shelter."

Alexa Daley is back for a summer in Bridewell, and after the events of the previous summer, she is under strict limits. No venturing outside the walls that enclose the town. But when she receives a letter, written by a deceased friend, she goes far beyond the limits, far beyond the walls. Alexa goes on a dangerous mission to Castalia, a mission to save the people, especially those imprisoned in the Dark Tower, forever. Learn about Alexa's journey in Patrick Carmen's Beyond the Valley of Thorns.

Alexa Daley is a thirteen year old who sometimes lets her curiosity get the better of her. She is kind to her friends and wants revenge on her enemies. She uses her cleverness to her advantage. One of her only human friends is John-Christopher, who has been misunderstood his whole life. He, like Alexa, has the ability to communicate with animals, which changes his life. Many animals accompany Alexa on her journey. Odessa, a harmless wolf, is among these. She is large and although she is a female, she is powerful. It isn't smart to underestimate her. Murphy is a hyper, energetic squirrel. He is a good source when information is needed and can go unseen. He makes a good spy. Yipes is a small, two-foot man who lived in the wild for years. He loves animals, but can no longer speak to them. He is a good friend to Alexa. Murphy is my favorite character because he is the most like me. He is very hyper and is friendly. Many of the characters would not really exist, but they are well described and they seemed as if they could really exist while I was reading.

I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy or adventure. This book held my attention from beginning to end. I give this book four out of five stars and two thumbs up. It was definitely worth the time I spent reading it. This adventurous, mysterious, fantastic tale of Alexa Daley is a great read. I suggest you leave this page right now and read it. Enjoy!
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Imaginative and full of exciting adventures, and bizarre creatures 23 septembre 2005
Par KidsReads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Welcome back to the Land of Elyon! A year has passed, and 13-year-old Alexa Daley is once again traveling with her father to one of the town meetings. But this journey is so very different from that of a year ago, for the towering walls that protected them for so long have been removed. Now Alexa can see for miles in all directions, but the dangers lurking on the edge of the forest can see her as well.

It doesn't take Alexa long to reunite with her dear friend, Yipes. He sneaks into the library through the secret passageways, bringing with him a year-old letter of instructions and a map from their dead friend, Worvold. Alexa and Yipes follow the map to a hidden cave where some questions are answered and even more questions are raised. As they learn about the impossible task they must accomplish, Alexa is presented with the last Jocasta, a glowing stone that grants her the ability to speak with the animals. This is the very stone that their enemy hopes to claim as his own.

Alexa fears she will be helpless against the evil dangers that threaten their lives, but she soon finds strength and courage in both old and new friends who join her for the mission. This mish-mashed group of heroes --- including an ex-convict, a majestic wolf, a beautiful hawk, a tiny man, a young girl, a spastic squirrel, and a gentle giant --- set out on a dangerous quest to save their beloved world.

Author Patrick Carman narrates an imaginative tale filled with exciting adventures, bizarre creatures, hilarious dialogue, and colorful descriptions. This second book in the trilogy will pull fans back into Carman's world of Elyon with a page-turner of a journey that just won't quit. Fans will impatiently anticipate the third installment, THE TENTH CITY.
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Amazing 1 juillet 2008
Par Steven R. McEvoy - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is book two in the Land of Elyon trilogy and the third book by Carman I have read set in Elyon. Carman creates an amazing, believable, alternate world. As I read more and more of Carman's writing the more I enjoy and appreciate his skills. Elyon is the Semetic for God or Most High. It has been used in fiction by Ted Dekker as a name for God allegorically, and for Carman it is the name of the world or land. As I progress through his books, the more similar I see that his writings are to Lewis's Narnia. As such, these are great stories for the whole family.

This book takes place a year after The Dark Hills Divide. A year ago beloved leader Thomas Warvold passed away, the plan to capture Bridewell have been foiled and the walls connecting the towns of Bridewell, Ainsworth, Lathbury and Turlock have come down. Now a year later it appears Warvold had plans for Alexa Daley, and others. Alexa is delivered a letter and told she has a mission to perform and she cannot tell anyone she is leaving. She must leave another letter prepared for her father and be on her way to yet another adventure.

Alexa joins forces again with Yipes the dwarf, Odessa the wolf, Squire the Hawk and Murphy the squirrel. They have been entrusted into the hands and guidance of John Christopher a former convict, who will guide them through the wild, and along the way they join forces with a Giant named Armon. They are charged with the task of sneaking into a well-guarded land, freeing a captive and overthrowing the Grindall.

However, whenever great tasks are attempted, a price must be paid, and in this adventure the price will be very high. You must join Alexa and the team that has been gathered around her as she travels across the land of Elyon to fulfill the request of her beloved Warvold. But many challenges and surprises are in store for our small band of adventurers.

Just a forewarning though - this book ends with a cliff-hanger, or should I say, we at the bottom of the cliff salivating for the next book!

Other of Patrick Carman Books:

The Dark Hills Divide - The Land of Elyon Book 1
Beyond the Valley of Thorns - The Land of Elyon Book 2
The Tenth City - The Land of Elyon Book 3
Into The Mist - The Land of Elyon Prequle
Stargazer - The Land of Elyon (September 2008)

The House of Power - Atherton Book 1
Rivers of Fire - Atherton, Book 2

Saving Mr Nibbles - Elliot's Park Book 1
Haunted Hike - Elliot's Park Book 1 (August 2008)
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Read it before letting your kids at it. 21 octobre 2005
Par R. Oakley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Great new story trilogy. Excellent character descriptions and charming character interaction. The only thing I suggest is reading it yourself before letting your kids read it, and certainly not for kids under 10. I'm claustrophobic and had some squirmy moments while reading some of the antics the characters get up to (yes I know it's fiction, that doesn't make any difference!) and there are gruesome and scary bits and sad moments too. Otherwise I highly recommend this as it is not at all patronizing or condescending in its tone. In particular, girls of 10+ will love it. I'm 39 and I loved it too!
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Fantasy goes Horror 9 octobre 2006
Par Amanda Richards - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Alexa and her friends are back in this somewhat creepy sequel, and although this one has more action, the imagery is kinda gross in places. Returning to her favorite chair in the library approximately one year after the death of Warvold, Alexa reunites with an old friend and receives a letter that sends her back out into the lands beyond the wall, and into more danger.

Again, she faces up to a long and perilous trek, living on dried meat, fruit and nuts, until she meets a stranger who is to guide her on her quest. Trouble is, he's got a big "C" branded on his forehead, meaning that he's been judged to be a criminal in the past.

Armed with a magical stone that gives her the power to talk to the animals, the little group of unwashed and decidedly stinky humans, and the much cleaner animals and other friends travel beyond the Valley of Thorns, which is made up of deadly poisoned spikes, cross the City of Dogs with its packs of rabid canines, and sneak into the town of Castalia where stands the dreaded Dark Tower.

There they face the latest in a line of evil rulers, who uses swarms of infectious bats and gross oozing ogres to do his foul bidding, but does not realize that Alexa and her friends have a plan to bring down his cruel empire. As the group of good guys gets bigger, the action steps up, and the book runs along to its "to be continued" conclusion.

The religious undertones get much stronger in this one, but I liked it more than the first because of the gross-out content and constant action.

Not for children who get creeped out by death and pestilence.

Amanda Richards, October 9, 2006
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