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"A fast-paced combination of intrigue and fantasy. Readers are sure to be captivated . . . [an] entertaining plot complete with dwarves, elves, fairies, and trolls."—School Library Journal
"Will undoubtedly entertain. The backstory is compelling, the action is fast-paced, the danger is real. Sure to be a blockbuster."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for the works of Christopher Pike:
"A fine tale that hooks the reader . . . [an] exhilarating story."
—Midwest Book Review on The Blind Mirror
"Sparkling characters . . . a compelling and intellectually satisfying read. Highly creative."
—Rapport on The Cold One
"Highly recommended."—Rocky Mountain News on The Cold One
"Like any good read, this is a hard book to put down. But more than that, it's hard to let this one come to an end. By the end...you can't stand the anticipation. That feeling in the pit of a reader's stomach must be one of the best compliments we can pay an author."
—The Greeley, Colorado Tribune on The Cold One
1. In the first chapter of Alosha, Ali wants to go to the logging site not merely to protest but also “to say goodbye to some of her favorite trees.” What is unusual about Ali’s feelings for the forest? In what other ways does Ali seem extraordinary?
2. What important elemental character does Ali meet in the novel’s opening chapter? What does he do? At the outset of the story, do you think he is a good or evil character?
3. How does Ali escape the misadventure that befalls her in Chapter 2? What dream does she have at the close of Chapter 3? How do these experiences foreshadow later events in the novel?
4. Describe Ali’s relationships with her Dad and Cindy. How does she seem to have adjusted to the loss of her mother? Would you have adjusted similarly to such a loss? Explain your answer.
5. Who attacks Ali when she, Cindy, and Steve return to the forest in search of a “bigfoot”? What powers does Ali realize within herself from this experience?
6. What is Nemi? Why do you think one meaning of its name is “No One”? After being called “Alosha,” what does Ali mean when she tells Nemi, “I remember the name but don’t really remember it”? Have you ever had such a feeling about a memory? Explain.
7. What is important about the attack on Ted? How does Ali’s concern for Ted compare to her care for the forest?
8. What happens when Ali tells Karl about her experiences? How do Cindy and Steve react to Ali’s tale? Compare and contrast these reactions.
9. How do the friends prepare to return to the forest? What strikes you as odd about their preparations? Does Ali truly know what she is supposed to do? Why is she so committed to climbing to the mountaintop?
10. Does Ali trust Paddy? What does he teach her about the other elementals in the forest? Why does Ali trust Farble? How do Paddy and Farble help Ali realize who she should trust? When does Ali truly understand their signals?
11. In the midst of chapter 10, Ali recalls the night her mother died. What important clues about Ali’s true identity and current situation are revealed through this memory?
12. What new powers does Ali discover when the dark fairies attack? What happens to her friends during this attack?
13. Describe the seven tests Ali must endure. Why do you think she must face these tests?
14. What happens to time when Ali travels through the red door? What does she learn from her encounter with Radrine? What must Ali do to save her friends? Is the yellow door the “right” door?
15. As their adventure proceeds, Cindy and Steve object to Ali’s bossiness. How does Ali feel about this? Have you ever felt that you ought to make important decisions for others in your group? Describe the situation and your actions.
16. As she travels forward again in time to save her friends, why does Ali call her “bad” self Alison? What does this reveal about the importance of names in the story? What is the significance and meaning of Ali’s other name(s)?
17. What is Karl’s true name and identity? Who is Lord Vak? What are Ali’s relationships to these two characters? How are they the opposite of what they initially seemed?
18. What are the Yanti, the Shaktra, and Nemi? How, if at all, are these forces related to each other?
19. Why doesn’t Ali close the Yanti in time to stop Vak’s army from coming through? Is this a good decision? Does Ali largely make good or bad decisions in the course of the story? Is the difference between a good and a bad decision always obvious? Why or why not?
20. Do you think human beings, in general, treat their natural surroundings well or poorly? Explain your answer.
21. Does Ali succeed in protecting earth’s human dimension? Does she solve the problem of the elementals’ anger about human treatment of the earth?
22. How has Ali changed at the end of the story? What has she learned? How do you think her life will be different now that she has realized she is a queen?
23. Do you have a nickname, middle name, or pet name that only some people know or by which only a few people call you? How does this name make you feel? What is your relationship to the people who know or call you this name? How does reflecting on your own special name affect your reading of Alosha?
24. Do you think another cast of characters, such as elementals, could inhabit earth in another dimension? In Gaia (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1979), James Lovelock writes, “Is it too much to suggest that we may recognize…the beauty and fittingness of an environment created by an assembly of creatures?” In the context of the world depicted by Christopher Pike in Alosha, answer Lovelock’s question.
Posted April 10, 2010
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.
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Posted April 24, 2008
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.
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Posted December 22, 2007
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I could not call this book good, or even entertaining. Its part generic 'kid adventure' and 'paint by
numbers fantasy' with some uniquely Pike touches. You've got the prepubescent heroine and her group
of friends going on an adventure which they cant tell the adults about, and all the grown ups file under
'big jerk' or 'reasonable authority figure'.
The fantasy elements are generic. you've got the quest, the tests, elves, dwarves and trolls. It's okay to
use common literary elements, but Pike does nothing
interesting with any of these. I would say that these elves and dwarves are some of the most generic
in all of literature, and the fairies deserve a trophy for "Most boring and uninspired fantasy creature. Of
all the things Pike could have done with the, he just makes them red haired, green eyed super powered
hippies. The dark fairies were so lazily described that they sounded like a rubber suit monster from a
cheap sci fi movie.
Now for the characters. I'm not lying when I saw Ali has to be one of the worst characters I've ever read
about. She's a lying, whinny, obnoxious brat, who puts her friends in danger, and treats people like
things. Worse, the prose keeps telling us about how mature and responsible Ali is, and how she gets
her power from her 'endless empathy'. She also becomes ridiculously overpowered but keeps
forgetting about her powers so there can still be some sense of 'conflict'. Pike just loves this character
too much, and is blind to what a monster he's created. During the 'climax' Ali shows what an awful
character she is.
The other characters aren't much better. Cindy is Ali's friend whose suppose to be rude, but she just
comes off as the voice of reason. Ali ignores what she says most of the time. Steve is Ali's love
interest, and another one of Pike's darlings eve though he's completely uninteresting. You also have
the token supernatural characters, and the traitor.
This book is trite and unpleasant, and the only way you could get any joy from it, is if you like train
Bellow I have several recommendations that are similar to this book, but infinity better.
Posted March 12, 2013
Posted February 2, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2007
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.
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Posted November 14, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2005
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!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2005
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 :(.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2005
Posted April 7, 2005
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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