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More Minds

More Minds

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by Carol Matas, Perry Nodelman
     
 

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Things sure are wrong, and Lenora wants to right them. The headstrong princess craves an adventure, and defeating the giant who has appeared up north would be a great one. The trouble is, no one will let her help. They want her to stay behind and plan her wedding to Prince Coren of Andilla, but Lenora has absolutely no use for color schemes or pew ribbons. Using the

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Things sure are wrong, and Lenora wants to right them. The headstrong princess craves an adventure, and defeating the giant who has appeared up north would be a great one. The trouble is, no one will let her help. They want her to stay behind and plan her wedding to Prince Coren of Andilla, but Lenora has absolutely no use for color schemes or pew ribbons. Using the power to create whatever she imagines -- an ability that all Gepethians have, but have agreed not to use -- Lenora imagines a duplicate of herself (a duplicate who cares about pew ribbons) to stay at home, while she sets off on her mission. Quickly, Lenora realizes that the giant is just a symptom of a larger problem, and as she is joined by Coren and both of their duplicates, her adventure spirals out of control.

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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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781928014126
Publisher:
Starburst Digital Rights International inc.
Publication date:
02/12/2016
Pages:
220

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