The Night of the Solstice [NOOK Book]

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In another age, the pathways connecting Earth to the Wildworld were sealed, forever separating humans from the shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. A great sorceress, Morgana Shee, guards the solitary gate between the worlds. She alone holds the secret of Fell Andred, her mansion built directly on the Great Coastal Passage, whose mirrors are the last doorways to enchantment.

Four children set out to rescue a ...

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The Night of the Solstice

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Overview

In another age, the pathways connecting Earth to the Wildworld were sealed, forever separating humans from the shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. A great sorceress, Morgana Shee, guards the solitary gate between the worlds. She alone holds the secret of Fell Andred, her mansion built directly on the Great Coastal Passage, whose mirrors are the last doorways to enchantment.

Four children set out to rescue a sorceress held captive in a parallel world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
From the first line, the reader is drawn into the story quicker than the flight of the fairy people, or Quislai. When Claudia, Janie, Alys, and Charles are tasked with the responsibility of saving Morgana Shee, they are drawn into a mysterious world they did not know existed. Morgana's fate relies on the children's ability to release her from the hold of Cadal Forge, an evil sorcerer, before the night of the winter solstice, a time when the passages between the worlds open. The children learn to rely on their brothers and sisters as they travel back and forth between their world, the Stillworld, and the magical world, the Wildword. With the help of each other, the children gain confidence as they learn to rely on their own talents as well. The children move outside of themselves and work together for the greater good of others and for the salvation of an entire world. With sorcerers, feathered serpents, fairies, and other magical beings, there is never a dull moment within the story. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442406131
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 274,708
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

L.J. Smith is the NYT Bestselling author of the Night World and The Vampire Diaries series.  She has written over twenty-five books and lives in California.
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THE VIXEN

The vixen was waiting.

Dappled sunlight fell around her onto the soft dirt beneath the orange trees, gilding her russet fur and striking an occasional brief gleam from her yellow eyes. She had waited here in the orchard since dawn and she was prepared to go on waiting until moonset if necessary. She required only one child, but that child must be alone, and there must be no other human on the street to bear witness.

She was very tired.

At last the front door of the house across the street opened. A ripple of tension went through the vixen’s body, starting at the tip of her tail and racing upward to set her sensitive whiskers aquiver. Her silken ears strained forward as a figure emerged from the house.

It was the young one, the smallest one. And she was alone.

The vixen’s teeth clicked together gently.

Claudia was on her way to the mailbox. It was a cool Saturday morning in December; her father was reading the newspaper, her mother was in the darkroom, Alys was playing tennis, Charles was still in bed, and Janie was—well, Janie was doing whatever it was Janie did. So Claudia, who always had free time, had been delegated to get the mail.

She never saw the animal until it was upon her.

It happened all at once, just as she was taking two handfuls of letters out of the box. It happened so quickly that she had no time to scream or even to be frightened. With one smooth motion the animal sprang at her, and she felt the brush of hard teeth against her knuckles, and then it was past her.

Claudia sat down hard and unexpectedly, biting her tongue. The pain of this brought tears to her eyes as she looked at the creature which had frightened her.

It was a fox, or at least it looked like the foxes she had seen at the exhibit in Irvine Park. A fox had jumped on her. Claudia’s first impulses were to run into the house and tell someone about it and to cry.

Two things stopped her. The first was that the fox was beautiful. Its glossy fur was red as fire and its eyes were like golden jewels. Its slim body looked lithe and strong and very, very competent. The wildness of it took her breath away.

The second thing was that the fox was trotting off with one of her letters in its mouth.

Claudia’s mouth opened and shut. She looked around the street for someone with whom to share this extraordinary sight, but there was no one. When she looked back at the fox, it had stopped and was facing her again, watching her with its golden eyes. When it saw it had her attention, it turned and walked a few steps away, looking over its shoulder.

Slowly, Claudia got up. She took a step toward the fox.

The fox took two steps away.

Claudia stopped.

The fox stopped.

“Hey,” said Claudia. She couldn’t think of anything else to say. “Hey,” she said again.

The fox dropped the letter and looked at her, panting gently.

This time it let her get within arm’s reach before it moved, and then it nipped the letter from the ground and scampered down the road.

But always it looked over its shoulder, as if to make sure she was coming.

It led her down Taft Avenue and up Center Street. It led her past the orange grove, past the quiet houses, and past the vacant lot, until it came to the hill. And then it disappeared.

There were no cross streets here, only a tall iron gate. Behind the gate was a gravel road which led up to a huge old house. Claudia hesitated, standing first on one foot, then on the other. Children weren’t allowed to go near the old house on the hill, not even on Halloween. Strange stories were told about the woman who lived there.

But the fox had Claudia’s letter, and the fox was beautiful.

Claudia squeezed between the bars of the gate.

The gravel road was long and steep as it climbed the hill. Tall trees overhung it, and Claudia had the odd feeling as she walked that the trees were closing in behind her, cutting her off from the rest of Villa Park.

Rising above the trees at the top of the hill was the house, with its massive walls of gray stone and its four tall turrets. Claudia slipped through another gate. In the distance she caught a glimpse of red, and she followed it all the way around the towering house to the back. And there was the fox, caught between Claudia and a huge wooden door. If it ran, she thought, it would have to run toward her.

But, as Claudia hurried forward to trap it, the fox darted through the half-open door into the house.

Claudia clapped her hand to her mouth. Then she crept to the door and peeked inside.

The house was dark and still. When her eyes had adjusted to the dimness she saw the fox sitting in the middle of an enormous room looking at her, the letter between its front paws.

A tingling feeling started between Claudia’s shoulder blades and spread down to her palms and up her neck. Sunlight and open air were right behind her, and for a moment she thought she would just run back down the road to Center Street.

Instead she put one foot inside the doorway.

The tingling feeling grew stronger. Outside, the wind seemed to hold its breath. Inside, the house was empty and echoing, and the air was cool.

Claudia looked at the fox and the fox looked at Claudia. And then Claudia took another step and both her feet were inside the house.

“Right!” said the fox. “Now stay in!”

© 1987 Lisa Smith

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    It was alright

    Good story line but a littile bit too fast paced and could use a lot of improvement. It was still a pretty decent book though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    THIS BOOK IS EXELENT AND HIGHLY RECCOMENDED. THIS IS A MUST READ TYPE OF BOOK CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IF YOU LOVE MAGIC,ACTION,AND ALL AROUND FUN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU L.J. SMITH IS AN EXCELENT AUTHOR AND PUTS HER READERS IN A TRANCE WITH MAGIC THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK........ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    i love it

    i just got this book and so far it is AMAZING! if you need advice on a magical, interesting, and exciting book i would totally reccomend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    :)

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Dawn

    No sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Zero

    Ok go make peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Sbarm

    ???? THIS IS HADES CABIN!!

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    Posted September 16, 2012

    Ethelreda

    Ill be fine. Go.

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    Posted September 17, 2012

    Miles

    *an arrow comes out of nowhere and hits Alexis*

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    Posted September 18, 2012

    HADES CABIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Great book!

    Great with Heart of Valor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    HORRIBLE!! HORRIBLE!!

    ME HATE BOOK!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    thanks!!

    thats just what i needed ill get it thanks so much for all the positive remarks!!!

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