Kneeknock Rise

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Instep is a village at the foot of a cliff called Kneeknock Rise. A terrible moaning can be heard from the cloud of mist which hides the top of the cliff. Noone knows what it is...nobody has ever gone to see and returned!

Egan comes to Instep to visit his aunt and uncle and finds that his other uncle, Uncle Ott has disappeared. They fear that he has climbed the mountain called KneeKnock Rise and has met the horrible Megrimum who ...

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Instep is a village at the foot of a cliff called Kneeknock Rise. A terrible moaning can be heard from the cloud of mist which hides the top of the cliff. Noone knows what it is...nobody has ever gone to see and returned!

Egan comes to Instep to visit his aunt and uncle and finds that his other uncle, Uncle Ott has disappeared. They fear that he has climbed the mountain called KneeKnock Rise and has met the horrible Megrimum who live at the peak.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-6This unabridged audio recording of Natalie Babbit's Knee Knock Rise FS&G, 1970 is a wonderful way to enjoy this fable about man's need for belief systems. A young boy ventures from a tiny village to discover the source of a mysterious cry at the top of a rocky mountain. Despite evidence that the sound is an explainable, natural occurrence, the townsfolk refuse to believe it is anything but the wailing and moaning monster, the Megramum. Suzanne Toren, who received the 1988 Narrator of the Year Award for the narration of 900 Talking Books for the Library of Congress, gives an outstanding performance as the narrator and the voices of each realistic and well-defined character. Her voice is pleasant and animated. The clear recording, with even volume, will stand alone or as a companion to the book. In the school setting, teachers and librarians can use it as an introduction to the author, with small or large groups. Reluctant readers will find this a helpful tool and it also would be a great addition to a family library.-Lisa J. Radmer, Opstad Elementary School, WA
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“Here’s a wonderfully fluent fable about man’s need to have something to believe in. . . . The strength of this tale is in Natalie Babbitt’s clean, modern, very confident telling. For children, especially, this is fine writing.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“An enchanting tale imbued with a folk flavor.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“The allegory seems to have grown slowly and surely, so much folk feeling does it have along with its symbolism and satire. Beautifully and clearly written, the story can be read aloud with pleasure.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Natalie Babbitt’s prose is as clean as her pen line. Like The Search . . . delicious.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The theme is ageless—it poses the questions: Who is the fool? Who is the wise man? With help from her characters and from a sly cat and a very endearing old dog, Natalie Babbitt gives a brilliant answer—brilliant because her star, with each new book she writes, shines brighter in the universe of children’s books.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fantasy for the whole family.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A delightful fantasy stressing man’s need for a belief in the supernatural.”—The Kansas City Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380008490
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1981
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Incredible book!

    This book was a great book with MANY twists and unexpected turns. The story starts off mysterious, with the whole town thinking that theres a monster on top of the mountain that comes down on some nights to kill and haunt. In the end, the story makes sense and all the parts play together...but you'll have to read the book to see if the monster really exists:)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    best

    this is a really great book you should read it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    A great story from beginning to end

    "Knee-Knock Rise" is a great book for youth through the age of 12. It's a creative mystery that requires keen imagination. It also prompts the reader to think out his/her own solution at the end: What action would I have taken? I read this book to my two sons, ages 5 and 10, as my wife drove during a long car trip. Our agreement was that the boys would let me read a couple of chapters to them before they turned on a TV videotape. By the time we got to Page 16 they didn't want me to stop reading. They forgot all about the videotape. That is quite an accomplishment for an author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Very good book!

    This book has very good writing and encanted I think it deserves the newberry reward i like when uncle otte makes his aperence the part was sad it tugules my heart strings when he takes annable and goes down the other side of the rise. This book forced me to read more when i had to stop very interesting . The rise made me couriues i was like it cannot be a monster at the end of the book when otte tells Egan what is true rellay was not thought would happen the end was intersting was the secret is found out it was a good ending but the book was a little like it needed more action a little like it was when is something interesting gonna happen the end changed that but overall good book keep up the good work!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Is this good

    Is it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Hi

    This book rocks

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