Beneath the Mask: The Grassland Trilogy: Book Two

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Suspenseful and engrossing, Beneath the Mask continues the story of Coriko,
 
Pippa, and the expanding world of Grassland. After escaping the deadly warrior Spears, Coriko is finally free to take his destiny into his own hands. But freedom proves elusive in the face of a new trial—the Separation. At this horrible event, he learns the secret of one of Grassland’s biggest ...

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Overview

Suspenseful and engrossing, Beneath the Mask continues the story of Coriko,
 
Pippa, and the expanding world of Grassland. After escaping the deadly warrior Spears, Coriko is finally free to take his destiny into his own hands. But freedom proves elusive in the face of a new trial—the Separation. At this horrible event, he learns the secret of one of Grassland’s biggest mysteries: What lurks beneath the masks of the mysterious Spears?
 
Forced away from his beloved Pippa, Coriko is offered a comfortable life—clothes, his own home, a community—in exchange for committing unspeakable deeds. Trapped once again, Coriko must decide what he truly values, and what he’s willing to do to protect his way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - David Goodale
In the second book of the Grassland Trilogy, Coriko and Pippa, along with other escaped slaves, try to flee Grassland, but they are recaptured by the mysterious Spears. During a ceremony known as The Separation, Pippa is taken away from Coriko. Coriko must train as a Spear in order to keep himself alive and have the chance to see Pippa again. He is forced to go on a Spear-raiding mission and kidnap a child from her home just as he was kidnapped when he was young. When Coriko is allowed to see Pippa, he must accept that many former slaves are adjusting to their lives among the Spears and no longer wish to leave. Coriko and Pippa, along with their friends, choose freedom over assimilation and escape the Spears again. The story is nicely poised for book three as Coriko, Pippa, and friends leave Grassland in search of their families. Ward sets a brisk pace from page one and rarely slows down; however, he does not rely solely on action to carry the book. His protagonists are faced with difficult questions: Would you commit acts that you knew were wrong, such as kidnapping and murder, in order to protect a loved one? What do you truly value more, comfort and security or the freedom to live as you choose? It is an excellent continuation of a trilogy fraught with daring escapes, dangerous situations, and genuine characters. Strongly suggest the first book, Escape the Mask (Harry N. Abrams, 2008/VOYA June 2008). Reviewer: David Goodale
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Gr 7 Up

Readers unfamiliar with Escape the Mask (Abrams, 2008) will have a hard time following this installment in the trilogy. The slaves' escape is short-lived. The children are recaptured by the Spears just after boarding their ship to freedom. Instead of being returned to the Diggers to endlessly recover shards, the boys are taken to the Grove to begin their training as Spears and face the Separation. Corki and Thief excel as Spears. They are offered honors, homes, and high positions if they remain. Should they remain Spears, participating in missions they don't agree with, or should they take the chance of escape that they are offered? A fast-paced story about the choices that people make while finding the courage to grow up and walk their own paths.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810954496
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 964,878
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ward was born in Montreal, Quebec, and grew up in the city of Vancouver beside the mountains and ocean. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his masters degree. David is currently a writer and university instructor in children’s literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children.

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