More Minds

More Minds

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by Carol Matas, Perry Nodelman

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Princess Lenora is supposed to be preparing for her wedding. But she and Prince Coren are sidetracked when the Balance, which holds two alternate worlds in place, begins to crumble.  See more details below


Princess Lenora is supposed to be preparing for her wedding. But she and Prince Coren are sidetracked when the Balance, which holds two alternate worlds in place, begins to crumble.

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VOYA - Mary Ann Capan
This slight story brings back the people and world created in Of Two Minds (Simon & Schuster, 1995/VOYA April 1996) and it will be most easily understood by those who have read the prequel. However, it will be those same readers who will be disappointed. As the story begins, chaos reigns everywhere. A destructive giant has appeared in the north, the weather is out of control, and people's thoughts are running amok. With wedding plans in full swing, Princess Lenora creates a duplicate of herself to continue planning the wedding while she slips away unnoticed to save the kingdom. Lenora does this with some assistance from Prince Coren, her husband-to-be, and they all will live happily ever after. This book is certainly much different from the first in tone, style, characterization, and plot. The reader must plod through a silly story that has no real substance to get to the point of the book: for all of her life, Lenora has resisted the quiet Balance in the royal land of Gepeth. In the end, Lenora realizes that she herself imagined and created the Balance-a perfect world-that she has rebelled against for all of her life. It's the same as when young adults just out of their teen years finally realize that their parents, who were so "stupid" while they were teenagers, have suddenly become so "smart." Amazing. The character of Lenora, however, is still too immature to come to this conclusion, as evidenced at book's end when she sets off to save the world from itself. Rest assured, headstrong Lenora will be seeking more adventures in the future. The explicit theme, "Nothing works out the way you expect" and the ending leave open the possibility of a third book in which Lenora will strive to humanize the Balance. By the way, better editing should have caught the fact that on two occasions, the wrong king's name was used in the storyline. In both instances, King Rayden's name was used when it should have been King Arno. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-8The rebellious Princess Lenora and her cautious, clairvoyant fianc, Coren, return. Once again, the princess is bored with the predictable pace of life in Gepeth and seeks adventure, this time searching for a giant who is terrorizing the land. She escapes her parents' scrutiny by creating an idealized version of herself and inadvertently creates a second Coren as well (this one is a swashbuckling adventurer). These two "shadow" characters add both humor and meaning to the tale, exemplifying the ways in which stereotypes limit personal growth. As the four young people seek to discover the source of the problems plaguing Gepeth, they are thrust into many odd situations. Although their views on freewill, personal power, and the importance of balancing diverse needs and abilities are intriguing, Matas and Nodelman occasionally allow these themes to intrude upon the story. Another (minor) weakness is the sheer number of characters and events crammed into the tale. While all are potentially interesting, none are as fully developed as those in the previous book, and the conclusion, while ironically funny, also suffers in comparison to the thought-provoking shocker of the first novel. Despite these quibbles, however, this second collaboration will be welcomed by those who enjoy challenging fiction, told with humor and energy.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.79(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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More Minds 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
More Minds was definitely a wonderful novel, with lots of humor. Since I love humor in all books that I read, I think that the story is wonderful, but the story does not hold my attention as well as Of Two Minds. One terrific thing about this story: It makes things seen realistic even when nearly impossible things are going on. Great story, I'll read on to the sequels, without a doubt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The power of minds By Bianca I give MORE MINDS 5 stars it was really good it had every thing in place that you couldn¿t get lost while you read it was easily to fallow you could remember the characters and what they did, like Lenora she was a very adventurous girl how sometimes forgot about the other people around her. She used to be such a spoiled brat until she saw Prince Coren. Prince Coren is a kind shy guy how belief in privacy of others even though he could read minds. Princess Lenora is not as kind she only thinks about her self and Freedom. She doesn¿t care if someone gets hurt and pulse she has the power to make her imagination to life. They were both carefully explained and you could relate to them and you could actually fell like they¿re real. They had to face danger to getter in Grag. They met so many people and they made lots of more friends together and they finally got together and the adventure ends. Everything was good, the Imagination and everything that went on. Every time some thing on expected showed up and it was cool because it happen all the sudden, you wouldn¿t even think it was going to happen. Like when they appeared in Grag that was cool, and when they saw the giant. You would never have guessed anything that isn¿t on, that¿s what made it and elf no body would ever expect them to show u
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is about Princess Lenora and Prince coren who have extrodinary powers. coren can read minds and lenora can make what ever she imagins real. When a giant comes to Lenora's land Coren and lenora make dubles of them selfs behind and go to fight the giant with there powers. But it seems as though their powers arn't working. It also seems as if the precious blance is messed up. what will Coren and Lenora be able to do if their powers arn't working?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lenora is again bored, but, the balance is uneven. There is a giant roaming around, and Lenora wants to slay it. No one will let her. So, she imagines a copy of herself, a copy of what everyone wants her to be. But, does her copy fool Coren? This book is one of a kind, I couldn't put it down once I picked it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book was great. i constently read it! i suggest reading of two minnd by this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Princess Lorena loves adventures and her fiancee kinda likes some things boring. But when there is a giant onn the loose and the Balence all mixed up Lorena comes to the rescue. Creating a double of herself into what people want her to be she runs of to slay the giant. I love this book and I hate having to put it down todo something else because everone one know that once I have a book I like you can't take it away. You might not understand it if you didn't read 'Of Two Minds' first. When you finish them both you'll want them to go on some more well here's the cure to that read the sequal 'Out of Their Mind' and 'A meeting of Minds'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the second book in the series, it was really good. It's very funny how Lenora makes a double of herself the way she thinks Coren would like her to be and how she makes a Coren who's the complete opposite the real. Everything takes a twist and the doubles just add twice the fun when Lenora and Coren realize they like each other just the way they are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book lead up to a good drama but in the end it was kind of dreamy.I liked how they sucked you in to a boring book kind of reminded me of a love soega. I dont know im kind of picky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally recomend this book! I just finished it. It had great great details and the charactors had a lot of spunk! The story itself was very compelling but you won't understand it unless you read the first book, 'Of Two Minds.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best sequels I've ever read. It's just as good as the original. I read Of two minds and was then hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a pretty cool book about a girl named Lenora. She can wish or imagine something to happen and it will. Her fiance, Coren, can read minds. Lenora creates a double of herself to take over while she goes to defeat the giant. Coren also creates a double of himself. The doubles turn evil and things run amock. I found this story hard to follow, but in general it was a good book.