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The Ancient One

The Ancient One

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by Tom Barron

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A powerful story exploring the interconnectedness of all things from New York Times betselling author of the Merlin saga.

When thirteen-year-old Kate travels to Oregon for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie’s cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. While helping try to


A powerful story exploring the interconnectedness of all things from New York Times betselling author of the Merlin saga.

When thirteen-year-old Kate travels to Oregon for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie’s cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. While helping try to protect the redwood forest from loggers, Kate goes back five centuries through a time tunnel and finds herself facing the evil creature Gashra, who is bent on destroying the same forest. In this extraordinary quest from The Adventures of Kate series, a girl discovers that all living things are connected in ways she never expected, and that true friendship can reach across cultures, and even across centuries.

"Once in a great while a book comes along that is so powerful and so wise that you want to shout about it." Madeleine L'Engle, bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time, on The Ancient One

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"Once in a great while a book comes along that is so powerful and so wise that you want to shout about it." Madeleine L'Engle, bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time

"Barron has woven a boldly original novel that is as thought-provoking as it is fun to read." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Mortality, in all its splendor and sadness, is T.A. Barron's subject... Fantasy mavens will find plenty here to enthrall them." —The New York Times Book Review

"Save a tree, save history! Barron fuses concerns over the natural world with fantasy lit."
The Huffington Post, "The 9 Best Trees in Literature"

"Absorbing story, vital characters — and also a pioneering work opening paths we didn’t know were there." —Lloyd Alexander, National Book Award winning author

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

T.A. Barron was a Princeton grad, a Rhodes Scholar, and a highly successful business man before he returned to his true love: books for children. He is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Merlin Saga, the Heartlight Saga, Tree Girl, The Hero's Trail, and many picture books. He has also created a Young Heroes Award that rewards children who are heroic in their communities with a monetary prize for their achievements. He’s an environmental activist and is on the board of many corporations and charities. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, five children, two dogs, and two goats. Visit him online at or on Twitter @TABarronAuthor.

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The Ancient One (Adventures of Kate Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I had to read something for English class. At first glance the book didn't seem that interesting, but when I started reading it I couldn't put it down. This book brings you to a new world and it has become one of my favorites. I would definitely recommend this book.
DavidWiley 5 months ago
I enjoyed reading Barron’s first two books in his Atlantis series, so I was more than willing to take a look at this book when the opportunity arose. The Ancient One has been re-released to celebrate its 25th anniversary, featuring a female protagonist during a time when few books were writing strong female main characters. Overall this was a fun and enjoyable read in spite of its few flaws. The main character, Kate, is the sort of main character you can admire and cheer for. She is a bright spot in the novel, along with many of the other characters she encounters throughout the story. Barron made a fantastic cast of characters and an imaginative setting with the Lost Crater. It is hard to do a Portal Fantasy well, but I think this one succeeds at making the reader believe and immersing them into a time 500 years prior to the opening scenes. Like the Atlantis novels, it is clear that T.A. Barron has a love and respect for nature and the environment. This is something that I wholeheartedly appreciate. The plot is, at times, simplistic and predictable. But this does not detract from the writing and weaving of a fun and interesting tale. It is aimed more at younger readers, and they will absolutely adore and delight in this book. Young girls in particular should find this suitable to their taste and may grow to admire Kate and want to be strong and unique like her. The biggest problem I had was the first third of the book (it is actually broken into three sections) was far too long with not much happening. I had a feeling the book would get better once Kate was transported back in time, but it took a long time to build up to that point. More than once I considered putting the book down in favor of another but chose to push through toward the promise of a better set of scenes. The book certainly delivered once it got there, but the first third might prove to be a challenge to get through for readers. Overall this book is certainly worth reading and is one I hope to share with my daughters, should I be blessed with some, when they are old enough to read the book. I received a free copy of the book from Goodman Media in exchange for an honest review.
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Your heart will race as you read this book. It is about mystic creatures and magic jinxes. The heroine, Kate, gets plunged back in time to face the wrath of Gashara and his minions. The only way home for her is the touchstone. The stone holds vast power. But know that a terrible omen might spell doom for them all!
You will also learn about how evil can destroy an entire race! Can Kate solve a mystery that can kill all of man kind? This kind of excitement is not new for her because this is a second adventure in a series. The only thing puzzling her is that an old riddle can save an entire race. The riddle is that a fire of love shall create and a fire of hate shall destroy.
The lesson of the book to me is stay close to your friends, which reminded me about when I made a good impression on my little cousins so they will be good to each other. They were very nice after that.
I would recommend this book to people 9+. It has some fantasy and some real theory about time and space. The best part is that it is thick, but can fit in your pocket! The book is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book ¿The Ancient One¿ a girl named Kate is spending the week with her grandmother in the small logging town of Blade, Organ. Her grandmother is very quiet and mysterious, as she doesn¿t tell Kate what she is doing. They find out that these loggers are going to go cut down some redwood trees that were spotted in the crater that is near the town. The crater had been previously inaccessible due to its steepness. This made the trees very large which is why the loggers are going after them. Kate and her grandmother are trying to stop them by getting in the crater first. Will they stop them, or not? I liked the book, but the beginning was not all that great. I still suggest that you r3ead it though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out bored with the plot and characters, but once the story fell into place I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was quite possibly the worst fantasy book that I have ever read. The plot seemed to me to be jumbled up and certain parts of it seemed corny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read The Ancient One when I was in elementary school. I fell in love with the fun and the fantasy and have since read it every year without fail. (I am 20 years old now). This is a wonderful story that should be read and enjoyed by all, as it takes the reader to a new and exiting world filled with characters that you easily love (Kandeldandel). I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be enchanted!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From mythical creatures to dangerous adventures, T.A. Barron has taken the reader back in time with his absorbing book The Ancient One. The story starts off with a young girl spending the week with her aunt in Oregon. When a strange man tries to steal her aunt¿s mail, and when she has some questions that her aunt cannot answer, she becomes suspicious. To find out more about what is happening, she must travel back in time to the land of the Halamis. The Ancient One is a story about a young girl¿s journey through time to try to save an ancient forest that is set in a crater. Kate is a thirteen-year-old girl who learns about the situation that her aunt is in and tries to help her. Kate¿s aunt, Aunt Melanie, is attempting to save a forest from being cut down by loggers. The Indians that inhabited the land long ago, the Halamis, fascinate her. She owns several of the Halamis artifacts, but one in particular, a walking stick, possesses magical powers. When the loggers go into the crater, Aunt Melanie and Kate take action and head into the crater to protect the forest. In the heart of the forest stands the oldest and tallest tree, the Ancient One. In the center of the old tree there is a hollow cut out of the trunk. Aunt Melanie shows this to Kate and takes her inside the trunk where she tells Kate about her discovery of the tree. When they leave the hollow, Kate forgets the magic walking stick that she brought with her. She finds a surprise when she goes back for it. There is a boy in the hollow and he gets mad at her and attacks her. While struggling with the boy she grabs the stick and hits it against the inside of the tree, which activates the magic in the stick and takes her back in time. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a whole new world. Later, Kate meets an Indian girl named Laioni. Laioni is one of the tribe of the Halami Indians. Later they learn of the journey they must go on to save the Ancient One, and Aunt Melanie. The story¿s strong points are not in the storyline but more in the creation of characters. T.A. Barron explains each character in such detail that you can easily picture exactly what that person or creature looks like. For example, when the Tinannis, a tribe of mythical owl people, are introduced into the story they are explained so thoroughly that I could see just how each person was to be presented. The creations of the terrific characters in The Ancient One make up for the lack of a better storyline. The story was too fast-paced. For instance, there was no time for the characters to stop and recollect on what had just happened so the reader would know where they were. Although the storyline could have been better, The Ancient One is a fantastic read. The reader may be a little disappointed when he or she gets to the end because the conclusion comes too fast. The audience will be drawn in by the characters and the dangers that lurk around every corner as the adventure continues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was going incredibly... until the very end. I was pleased at first but I am the type person who likes all of the loose ends in the book tied up. Instead the author leaves it up to you (the reader's) imagination. I personally wanted my questions answered... It just depends on what you like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, this book is 'average'. The writing style seems a bit plain, and it goes out of the way to be unpredictable, while still being quite predictable in some ways. Also, the ending is kinda bland. The entire book is spent in the quest to return to her current time, and when she finally does...? Not much happens. It's a sort of anticlimax. It's not all that bad, and it isn't torture to read through. It's also got a few things unique to it. But I don't really recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I ever read!(one of the hundreds of them that is)No matter who you are BUY THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the moment I opened the book, I was captivated. It's one of my favorites because the characters are believable within the context, It's a fast-paced, detailed story with lots of suspenseful events. It's also appropriate for any reader, especially junior high to adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 6th grade... it was part of a class war called battle of the books, each class chooses 3 people and they compete with every other class being quizzed on the books and in the end winning $50 and a T-shirt! My team one! I read this book twice in one month! I read it again my sophmore year in HS, and am about to read it again (a Sophomore in college).
Guest More than 1 year ago
SO SO GREAT!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has great action and good chatacters. After every chapter i more troble putting it down. I recomend this to anyone that likes to read Fantasy or adventure books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, The Ancient One, by T.A. Barron, is full of adventure, imagination, and nature. I think this book has all the key elements for a true fantasy. A thirteen-year-old girl named Kate visits her Aunt Melanie while her parents are on vacation. Kate and her Aunt Melanie go to the Lost Crater to save the ancient trees. While fighting to save the the trees and the overall memory of the Lost Crater, Kate finds her own adventure by using an ancient walking stick. She finds out the Halami people, from five hundred years ago. In order for Kate to return to the future, she must use the goodness of herself and nature to overcome the evil of man. I enjoy the way T.A. Barron makes a simple protest into a life's journey. T.A. Barron also gives each part of the book the suspense to read further. I also liked the way the sounds and visual effects come to life as you read. I recommend this book to people who crave adventure and the aspects of good versus evil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exelent for me and my friends! It's evern on AR! Can't wate to read the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book two years ago and fell in love with it. This is my favorite book because of the suspense and magic. I recommend this to people who love to read. I read this book twice and plan to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a truly wonderful book. It was well thought out and I have enjoyed it immensely. The three that wrote the above reviews obviously have no imagination. I have already read it twice and am looking forward to reading it a third time. This book deserves the five stars it's earned!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and think it is an outstanding fantasy, full of life and magic. T.A.Barron takes this book mostly from Kate's Perspective, a 13-yr-old girl, and it is simply astounding to read about this heroine and realize a grown man wrote this. Barron takes readers into a world of endless adventure, creativity, and magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 14 and I recently read this book, it's one of those books, that even when your done reading it you can't help but thinking about it. It is a long book, but just to experience this story is enough reason to read it. The Ancient One had fascinating charcters and a magical and entertaining plot. I recommend it to everyone.
ThePremiere More than 1 year ago
This book is really boring and it doesnt make any sence, this book is good to read if you read all the books in the world and this is the last 1 you still shouldn't read it.