Night Gate (The Gateway Trilogy Series #1)

Night Gate (The Gateway Trilogy Series #1)

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by Isobelle Carmody
     
 

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Rage Winnoway’s closest friends have always been her four dogs: Bear, Billy Thunder, Elle, and Mr. Walker. When Rage sets off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma, the dogs and the neighbor’s goat tag along. On the way, they run into the firecat, who talks them into going through a magical gate. And something wonderful happens! Each of…  See more details below

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Rage Winnoway’s closest friends have always been her four dogs: Bear, Billy Thunder, Elle, and Mr. Walker. When Rage sets off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma, the dogs and the neighbor’s goat tag along. On the way, they run into the firecat, who talks them into going through a magical gate. And something wonderful happens! Each of Rage’s friends is transformed. Bear becomes a real bear; Billy Thunder, a teenage boy; Elle, a warrior woman; Mr. Walker, a small, large-eared gentleman; and the goat, a satyr with an inferiority complex. Together, Rage and her companions embark on a quest to save the world of Valley, a journey that is somehow tied to Rage’s family. In this brilliant tale of courage and transformation, Isobelle Carmody captures the magic of Narnia and the whimsy of Wonderland without losing sight of the real world and all its difficulties.


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Kirkus Reviews
Canine companions enliven this overstuffed opener to a fantasy trilogy. Her single mother's coma leaves R. J. "Rage" Winnoway relying only on her four devoted dogs. Overhearing plans to send her away without her pets, Rage runs off; but she takes an unexpected detour when lured through an enchanted gateway to the mysterious Valley, transforming the dogs (and a neighbor's goat) into semi-human form. This odd company, assigned to find the wizard who created the land, runs afoul of the puritanical human Keepers and their war upon the witches, while Valley's magic turns withered and corrupt. Too many messages-about family, trust, secrets, betrayal, environmentalism, feminism, etc.-are packed into this slim volume, and Carmody's elliptical style can be frustrating. She has a gift for the small incident that reveals an entire character, and several set pieces are imaginatively realized. But complicated narrative obstacles are set up only to be suddenly waved away, and Rage is a nebulous personality, merely reacting to events and absorbing lessons. Her animal friends, however, are lushly drawn, great-hearted, and touchingly transparent in their loyalty, joy, and pain. It's entirely convincing that Rage loves them so dearly; readers will too. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375890895
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Gateway Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
573,871
File size:
326 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Isobelle Carmody began her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while in high school. That series, along with her award-winning short stories, has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Billy Thunder and the Night Gate (the Australian title) was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She lives in Apollo Bay, Australia, and Prague, the Czech Republic.


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Night Gate (The Gateway Trilogy Series #1) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters are very slow going, otherwise the rest of the book was okay. It's probly a book that I would not read again, just because it was not realy exciting. Good book for beginer readers