Attica

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Join Jordy, Alex, and Chloe as they cross the portal from our world to a strange and wonderful other place, accessible for just a moment in time through the trapdoor of the attic in their family home. From hat-stand forests to towering hills of old musical instruments, deserts of old books, and a great water-tank lake, the vast continent they stumble upon is one of limitless surprises—and that's before they meet the inhabitants—strange clans of small and lumpen people who live in homes constructed from all manner...

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Attica

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Join Jordy, Alex, and Chloe as they cross the portal from our world to a strange and wonderful other place, accessible for just a moment in time through the trapdoor of the attic in their family home. From hat-stand forests to towering hills of old musical instruments, deserts of old books, and a great water-tank lake, the vast continent they stumble upon is one of limitless surprises—and that's before they meet the inhabitants—strange clans of small and lumpen people who live in homes constructed from all manner of found things and drive vehicles powered by old sewing-machine parts. It is against this remarkable backdrop that the three children will embark on a spellbinding adventure to recover a prized possession, save a life, and—somehow—find a way back home. A story of courage, loyalty, and friendship; of Browsers, Shadow-Tangles, and Tatterdermalions; of incredible landscapes, ingenious devices, and cunning plot twists; Attica has a richness and depth that will delight readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Innovative fantasy adventure . . . a rare find."  —Booklist, starred review

"An excellent book, good and original and, in all the best ways, strange."  —Neil Gaiman

"Belongs in the mainstream of children's literature and has the ingredients to make it an adventure in the attic classic."  —Children's Bookseller Supplement

"This book is reminiscent of Narnia with its alternative, magical world. A fantastic read that will have imaginations working overtime."  —The Bookseller

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Innovative fantasy adventure . . . a rare find.
VOYA - Kathy Starks
Attics can be creepy and mysterious, dark and dusty, full of history, and sometimes plain scary. Imagine, then, what it would be like to be stuck in an attic that expands to become a whole other world. Such is the case with this title, which blends elements from C. S. Lewis's The Magicians' Nephew (Bodley Head Publishers, 1955) and L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz (George M. Hill Company, 1900) to create a world full of shadows and strange creatures made up of familiar objects that become something else altogether. Jordy, Chloe, and Alex are stepsiblings in a newly blended family. Upon the union of their parents, they must move to a larger house, which they share with the owner, an elderly and somewhat cantankerous gentleman. Chloe, charming and intelligent, befriends Mr. Grantham, who tells her of a pocket watch that he tossed away in the attic when his fiancee married another man. Chloe and her brothers decide to look for the pocket watch in the attic, but as they walk through the rafters, they begin to realize that the ceilings are higher, the walls farther away, than in any normal attic. Before too much longer they encounter danger from scissor birds that cut at their clothes and skin, an army of voodoo dolls, a village of faceless mannequins, and the most fearsome enemy, Katerfelto, who hates light. They must use their wits and courage to escape from these perils and somehow find a way back home. Written with fantastic imagery and a taut story line, the book will appeal to lovers of all things magical. Especially effective are the descriptions of the many characters that appear throughout the tale. From the board comber (formerly human creatures living in the attic) who collects ivorycarvings and has a talking bat hanging from his ear, to the African mask that becomes Alex' companion, each character is given a wealth of original and fascinating details. Reviewer: Kathy Starks
Kirkus Reviews
New stepsiblings Jordy, Chloe and Alex move into a duplex landlorded by initially crotchety Mr. Grantham. When the children venture into the attic to find Grantham's pocket watch, they find a vast world that they dub Attica. Together (and apart) they explore a dark world of animated cast-off junk, talking vermin and small, silent indigenous people. Other lost children from the past have gone native and obsessively collect specific types of items. On the quest for the watch, which becomes a search for a way home, the adventurers encounter scissor-birds, animated mannequins, vengeful voodoo effigies and the sinister protectors of Attica the Removal Firm. Published in 2006 across the pond, this British import suffers from an overabundance of detail and a truly leaden pace. The children accept their strange milieu far too readily, and though their difficulties are often interesting and imaginative, they are never very-well, difficult. Diehard fans of British fantasy may enjoy this coincidence-filled entry in the parallel-magical-world subgenre, but it is not for every collection. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904233565
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,353,217
  • Age range: 12 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Twice shortlisted for the Carnegie prize, world-travelling Garry Kilworth has written a number of acclaimed and much-loved stories for children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Very fun

    I loved ts weird n a good way and exciting. I thought it was a really cool book! But when i read about the the dummies that cake to life i avioded those things for a while XD! C:C

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