A Meeting of Minds

A Meeting of Minds

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by Carol Matas, Perry Nodelman, Diana Bryan
     
 

"How dare these authors put us in a book? Believe me, I'm going to give them a piece of my mind."

It was a good idea, Coren told himself. Assuming, of course, that Lenora could actually find a piece of her mind that they didn't already have in their possession.

Suddenly transported against their will, the Princess Lenora and

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"How dare these authors put us in a book? Believe me, I'm going to give them a piece of my mind."

It was a good idea, Coren told himself. Assuming, of course, that Lenora could actually find a piece of her mind that they didn't already have in their possession.

Suddenly transported against their will, the Princess Lenora and her fiancé, Prince Coren, find themselves in a strange place -- bone-chilling cold and snow outside, garish marketplaces and angry people inside. The inhabitants call it the city of Winnipeg. Lenora and Coren, however, have no idea where it is or why they are there. They can't return home because, yet again, their imaginitive powers have deserted them. The Winnipeggers refuse to believe Lenora and Coren are who they say they are. Strangely enough, though, they have read about Lenora and Coren in a series of fantasy novels by the authors Carol M. and Perry N. But just who created whom, Lenora and Coren wonder. And how will they ever manage to escape this frightening city, worse than their worst nightmare, so that their long-awaited wedding can finally take place?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Princess Lenora and Prince Coren are back for their fourth adventure of lighthearted chaos and mayhem. Unwittingly transported to a baffling new world, our intrepid duo finds themselves at a "Meeting of the Minds" convention set in a shopping center in modernday Winnipeg. Lenora and Coren are confounded by the mysteries of our modern malls, with the stale air, smelly food, and lack of individuality. With the science fiction convention in full swing, hundreds of participants are dressed to look exactly like Lenora and Coreneveryone that is, except for the lone Mr. Spock. When the authors of the popular Meeting of the Minds books, Carol M. and Perry N., come face to face with the "real" prince and princess, they summon security, and the escape begins. How did Lenora and Coren get into this "worst of all possible worlds," where their unique abilities have no effect? Though the appearance of the authors as characters in their own series is great fun, the glib talk and selfconscious humor make this book the weakest of the quartet. It will not draw new readers to the series, which includes Of Two Minds (Simon and Schuster, 1995/VOYA April 1996), More Minds (1996/VOYA June 1997), and Out of Their Minds (1998/VOYAFebruary 1999). However fans will enjoy the long awaited wedding and promises of more adventures. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Simon & Schuster, Ages 12 to 15, 208p, $17. Reviewer: Marian Rafal
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this fourth Princess Lenora/Prince Coren adventure, the headstrong, imaginative princess and her shy, telepathic betrothed are stripped of their powers and plunged into an unfamiliar, frozen landscape only to find themselves surrounded by hundreds of teenagers impersonating them. They have landed in a Lenora/Coren convention in the authors' hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, which turns out to be a fictional world created by Lenora's young friend Sayley for a "worst world" contest back in Lenora's homeland of Gepeth. Now the couple must find a way home in time to thwart the plans of Leni and Cori, the misguided doubles Lenora created in More Minds (S & S, 1996). The book ends at the beginning of Lenora and Coren's wedding and the cliff-hanger finale promises a fifth installment to come. While their bewildering situation brings out Lenora's boldness and intelligence and Coren's inner strength, the two do not discover why they are in Winnipeg until almost 90 pages into the book, and readers may be frustrated by this slow unfolding of the plot and the relative lack of action compared to the previous titles. They may also fail to appreciate both the gentle fun the authors poke at their fictional selves and the irony in the humorous descriptions of North American life as seen through the eyes of the otherworldly royal pair. There are so many references to the adventures recounted in the previous books that newcomers may be lost, but Lenora and Coren's fans won't mind that A Meeting of Minds doesn't quite live up to the rest of the series.-Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689819476
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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A Meeting of Minds 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fourth in a series, and it might be the last one. And that would be fine with me! I loved the series, but this was a perfect ending. Read them in order!