Alosha [NOOK Book]

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Every young girl dreams that she's secretly a princess of a far-off land and that someday her true parents will come to claim her and usher her into a life of luxury, an fabulous existence where she might even have magical powers and be swept off her feet by a handsome prince.
Teenager Ali Warner has reason to cling to such a fantasy. Her mother died in a car accident a year ago. Her father, a trucker determined to work through his grief, hasn't acknowledged Ali's burgeoning ...
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Alosha

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Overview


Every young girl dreams that she's secretly a princess of a far-off land and that someday her true parents will come to claim her and usher her into a life of luxury, an fabulous existence where she might even have magical powers and be swept off her feet by a handsome prince.
Teenager Ali Warner has reason to cling to such a fantasy. Her mother died in a car accident a year ago. Her father, a trucker determined to work through his grief, hasn't acknowledged Ali's burgeoning figure or complicated emotions. Her friends still aren't sure how to talk about her mother's death. And the Southern California forest that has always been Ali's refuge is about to be ravaged by logging.
Ali is about to discover that she is a princess-a fairy princess. And that she has to save the world. For real.

To claim her fairy powers, Ali must overcome seven potentially lethal challenges. Then she must scale a mountain and confront the King of the Dwarves and the King of the Elves, whose armies are poised to invade Earth.

With her bemused 21st century friends, a sly leprechaun, and an extremely loyal, extremely ugly, troll by her side, Ali begins the most momentous journey of her young life, a journey during which she will learn much about herself and the past she thought she knew. She will conquer fire and water, earth and air, and even time itself. She will be both betrayer and betrayed, will see death close at hand, and will snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Ali Warner is Alosha. Welcome to her world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestselling children's author Pike (The Cold One) delivers a somewhat muddled elvish fantasy, the first in a new series aimed at an adult as well as a YA audience. Passionate about saving trees, 13-year-old Alison Warner just happens to live in a California town that's been targeted by the lumber industry. Ali protests and rides her bike into the forbidding mountains where the work is about to begin. There Ali starts to realize that she's not who she thought she was, that she has an important job to fulfill, that in fact she's the Queen of the Fairies from another dimension who has hidden in a human body. Flat supporting characters with little motivation other than a kid's need for adventure, plus a protagonist who too often acts like a whiny five-year-old one moment and a cranky 30-year-old the next, make this one of Pike's lesser efforts. Agent, Ashley Grayson. (July 30) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This novel is supposed to be a crossover for Pike, but it really follows a similar plot that is found in his horror novels, just tweaked for a different audience. I do not fall into his intended audience and am not a fan of his work but will try to rate the book fairly. The big problem here, in this story about a girl who is supposed to be the Fairy Queen in a war against the Lord of the Elves, is that according to legend, all elves are of the Hill folk, of the fairies. Second gigunda problem is that the fairy folk and the elves are a peaceful folk. From the start the book lost my interest, but I still sloughed through. It is written decently, just not to my tastes. It should appeal to the average teenager with its action sequences-or at least to the average teenage Queen of the Fairies. 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). 2004, Tor, 304p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Shane Bell, Teen Reviewer
KLIATT
Thirteen-year-old Ali Warner thinks she is a typical teenager in small-town Breakwater. Her mother was killed on Ali's 12th birthday and her long-distance trucker father is seldom home. While protesting the logging of a nearby forest, she is attacked by what she thinks is Bigfoot: she and her friends set out to prove it. Ali soon learns that she is the "reincarnation" of the fairy queen Geea and must climb the 14,000 feet to the top of nearby Pete's Peak to claim the Yanti, a magic gate Lord Vak, king of the elves, and Lord Balar, king of the dwarves, plan to use to invade human Earth. Ali and her friends face many challenges on the way to the top: they befriend a troll named Farble and a leprechaun named Paddy. Ali must deal with Karl Tanner/Drugle, a traitorous former advisor posing as one of them, but actually in league with the queen of the dark fairies. Ali/Geea does reclaim the Yanti and prevent the dark elementals from crossing over at present. She also learns that her mother did not die in the crash, but is held captive by Drugle. Which all leads to the preview of the sequel, Shaktra, appended. This is not typical of Pike's teenage vampire stories and other thrillers, but it's an excellent start to a unique saga. While it is sometimes difficult to keep track of the plot twists and lesser characters, even Farble and Paddy are given their own personalities. Good escapist fare for YAs. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Tor, 314p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Sherry Hoy
Children's Literature - Julie Schneggenburger
Ali loves trees and feels at peace around them. At thirteen, she is an environmentalist and tries to prevent logging in the nearby woods. Unfortunately, while in the woods, Ali is attacked by a Bigfoot. While recovering in a tree, a voice reveals to her that her true name is Alosha. She learns that the world is in turmoil because a bizarre realm of creatures has been released. They want to kill the human race for ruining the Earth. Ali's friends believe in her and agree to join her quest to reach the top of a mountain. Once there, Ali will need to use her special powers to close the doorway that is letting these creatures in. Of course, the door can only be closed on a full moon. These creatures will do anything to make sure Ali does not reach the mountaintop alive. The author develops the characters well and plots an intricate story. The book brings to mind creatures from The Lord of the Rings. Fans of Madeline L'Engle would enjoy the complex storylines and multiple levels of reality in this book. The book lends itself to writing and research activities. Part of the Alosha trilogy.
Library Journal
When 13-year-old Alison Warner meets the leprechaun and troll who soon become her loyal companions, she learns that she is the Queen of the Fairies. Along with her friends, Ali undergoes a series of tests designed to judge her worthiness-or kill her outright. The author of numerous horror stories for YAs as well as adults, Pike here turns to fantasy. This series opener is a good choice for large libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Alison, 13, heads to the hills to protest the loggers in their effort to clear the forest. She is an environmentalist in the making but finds her path taking an entirely different turn after she encounters a strange little man of odd proportion with sickly yellow-colored skin. This odd man becomes an ally in her quest to discover her true identity. While in the woods, Ali senses a presence around her and the feeling that something is chasing her. This experience escalates to creatures that want her dead and she finds refuge in a hole in the cliff until they depart. Once home safely, Ali recruits her friends to explore the mountains for evidence of the "Bigfoot." En route they discover the mythical and mystical enchantments that lie between dimensions and enter through a portal on top of the mountain. Ali must pass seven tests before she can assume her true role of Alosha, Queen of the Fairies, and she must face her fears and draw upon her inner courage to transform into who she once was. This story is a fast-paced combination of intrigue and fantasy. The main characters are all 13; the scary part is that one or more of them just may not be human. The writing is smooth and flows easily, and the author captures well the friends' dialogue and thought. Readers are sure to be captivated by the descriptive details and entertaining plot complete with dwarves, elves, fairies, and trolls.-Donna Marie Wagner, Harris County Public Library, Clear Lake, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Will undoubtedly entertain. Pike traverses the fantasy terrain well, and the end result is sure to be a blockbuster."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
"Will undoubtedly entertain. The backstory is compelling, the action is fast-paced, the danger is real. Sure to be a blockbuster.
From the Publisher
"Will undoubtedly entertain. Pike traverses the fantasy terrain well, and the end result is sure to be a blockbuster." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429914406
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Alosha Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 391,744
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Christopher Pike, the bestselling author of the Remember Me and The Last Vampire series, has more than fifty novels to his credit. His previous adult novels include Sati, The Season of Passage, and The Cold One. Pike lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    a good book

    Alosha is the 1st of three books by Christopher pike about a young girl, Ali, and her friends (both human and not).

    I questioned purchasing this book at first. It seemed very young and too simple for the books I enjoy reading. In truth one of the reasons I did decide to get it was because I am an avid Christopher pike fan, and I saw on one of his fan web sites that there is talk of a movie.

    The book began very slow, climbing through thickness concerning nothing I was interested in. or so I thought. And then it bloomed, and the words were something I couldn't stop reading. The story is very well thought out and imaginative. I must say my favorite character happens to be a troll, and that sometimes I find Ali, the main character a little annoying, as well as her best friend Cindy.

    There are quite a few parts where you are given a little taste of something but not explained it at all. I like this in books, but at times there seems to be one too many in this book. And since some of my questions were not answered in the first book, I am assuming that they will be answered at the conclusion of the entire story, or as we go along.

    This is a great book of discovery. Discovering who Ali is, and perhaps a little of yourself as you journey with her to save the world.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    Cant Let Go

    This book was amazing! I read in 1 day, I jut couldn't let it go! The plot was interesting and full of twists that often times I was left with my jaw on the floor. It is amazing the experiences and tests that Ali 'the main character' went throught to undrstand her past, present, and future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    most amazing novel ever!

    when i picked this book out, i didnt realize how addicted i would become to this series! although the biginning started out slowly, with this girl who doesnt want the trees to be cut down and all these strange things happening to her, aftershe begins climbing the mountian and the story unravles,i becomes the most entertaining book you will ever read! I honestly sat reading and laughing and crying along with the book! it was so amzing you will have to have the next books with you right when you finish because all you will want to do is just finish reading to know what happens next! ....i know it sounds weird but i spent my whole day reading and i know you will too because it brings so much suspence! i so recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Haven't read. Quick question?

    Any tie ins to The Starlight Crystal? Alosha is a character; Alosha is creation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Must Read ASAP

    To tell you the truth I loved this book to death, to me it was amazing and to all thoose who didn't like it is because they do not have an imagination! The bigger the imagination the more you understand the book and to thoose who don't have one just try it, all you have to do is picture what it would look like and whaa laa you have a movie in your head. To me I could also see what was going on and have bought the sequels and is currently reading the Yanti and I must say it is pretty darn good! I hope when you Purchase this that you enjoy it because I sure did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    frankly, I am disgusted

    Dont waste your money on this piece of trash. If by some unlucky chance you do already own this book, rip out the pages and use them for toilet paper. Its that bad. I just dont understand why so many people thought this was great. When I first started the book, I was pretty optimistic. The cover (hardback version) looked interesting, and so did the description of the book on the inside flap. Halfway through I started wondering when the story would get good, and by the end I was just angry. Alosha was one of the stupidest books it has ever been my misfortune to read. I hated all of the characters, every single one. They didnt at all seem like real people that you would meet on the street. If I met that Alosha girl I think I would smack her across the face for being so stupid and annoying. The plot, of course, was supposed to be fantasy, but even allowing for that it was unbelievable. I wont go into any details, but, believe me, its bad. This book is the kind of thing you would read if you were into bunnies and unicorns and flowers and losing touch with reality. It was like something you would read to a kindergartener. Seriously. It was that shallow. I wouldn't wish this book on my worst enemies.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Magnificient!

    This book was magnificent. Though at the beginning I was slightly confused, it gradually became more clear, and the slight cloudiness only made me want to learn more. Alosha was a brilliant character, and I really appreciated the way that she was fought for her friends. Most books and movies have such weak female characters - mostly because the authors are so chauvinistic, but Christopher Pike really did a good job with this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    Great Book!!!!

    Alosha was a wonderfully magical book. I loved every minute of it. I couldnt put it down because I wanted to know what happens next. This is a great book that anyone would enjoy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Do you want to know why this was a good book?

    Alosha had all the elements (literally) needed to have a wonderful fantasy. It had the customary elves, faries, dwarfs, good/bad guys, but Alosha went farther and brought out more of the forgotten fantasy creatures. Alosha resurected the elusive bigfoot along with the simple but loyal trolls. And with a bold move even brought along the rarely portrayed leprechaun. In Alosha all the exciting aspects of fantasy were brought together to create the greatest tale of another world right around the corner. I'm not sure how the next one, Shaktra, will be able to compete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    What an absolutely amazing book!

    I LOVED this book! If you are a fan of imaginary/mystical creatures, there is no doubt about it, you should read this book. Even if you aren't so interested in 'creatures', you'll still love this book. There is sooooo much action and suspence in this story, it is perfect. The characters add soooo much to this story's plot. I envy Ali Warner (the main character) so much and I can't wait to read the sequel, Shaktra!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    Wonderfully Magical!!!

    Ali Warner is an normal teenage girl until one day she is attacked by trolls. That's when her live takes a drastict change. She starts recieving all these magical powers and meets many 'interesting' creatures. In the end she must use her powers to send an evil army back into another world and that is when she finds out she must defeat a even bigger force and reclaim her right as fairy queen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    WONDERFUL

    bookworm that i am, i thought that this book was really good. it is beautifully written. i devoured the book in about hours. can' t wait for more of Pike's books!!! a GREAT read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Good

    A good book reminiscent of LOTR and Harry Potter...and other CP young adult books. A predictable book in some parts (think Last Vampire and the man who tricked Sita and you have and idea of who will trick Ali) but still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    One of the best books by Pike!! Its a must read!!

    If u like mythical creatures..then u will love this book!...not only is it good,but Pike gives good descriptions of everything!..u dont even need a good imagination to have the images in ur head....i would give it 6 stars but obviously i cant....the most is 5 :(.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    great :)

    oh my i loved this book soo much..anyone know when the next one is coming out??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    A Great Page-Turning Read

    This book has all of the elements of a great read. Well developed characters, fast paced (especially as the plot thickens), and descriptive enough to paint a picture in the mind without being overbearing. His style captured my complete attention until the very last word...and I wanted more! Can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Its the best!

    it keeps you guessing and wanting more. I cant wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    GREAT

    This book combines all teh elements of a good fantasy! It is a must read for any sci fi/fantasy fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    It was great.

    It was really exciting and I never wanted to put it down. It's a good book to read if you are waiting for the next Harry Potter book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Totally Cool!

    Alosha is such a great book! Hopefully, Mr. Pike, you'll make it into a movie! I'd really like to play Ali Warner! It'd be so much fun! I can't wait for the next book, The Shaktra! You are so cool!

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