The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

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by Jennifer Trafton, Brett Helquist
     
 

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Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain … See more details below

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Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it's the belly of a sleeping giant! It's up to Persimmony and her friend Worvil to convince the island's quarreling inhabitants that a giant is sleeping in their midst and must not be awakened. The question is, will she be able to do it?

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Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Persimmony Smudge can just feel that she is meant to be a hero. She dreams of saving the world, bravely exploring the unknown, and embarking on grand adventures. But everyone else can only see her as the often dirty, always quirky daughter of the town basket-maker. When she accidentally breaks a pot, loses her hat, and gets lost in the woods all in one day, Persimmony gets just the adventure she was hoping for. She quickly learns that being a hero is not that easy. Her home on the Island at the Center of Everything is in grave danger, and she and her unlikely sidekick Worvil the Worrier must warn its inhabitants. But no one can believe her seemingly impossible discovery—that a giant sleeps underneath the island and must not be awakened! Persimmony and Worvil journey from one end of the island to the other, trying to convince the king and the misunderstood Leafeaters that they must abandon their search for gold so that their digging does not inadvertently uncover a sleeping giant. Persimmony's spunk and Worvil's determination will quickly capture the hearts of young readers. Trafton's tale is in the vein of The Kneebone Boy and The Mysterious Howling, with unlikely events, strong characters, witty language, and a wry narrator. Brett Helquist of "Lemony Snicket" fame creates black and white drawings as magical and amusing as the story. Whether read aloud to a group or savored alone, this whimsical adventure is sure to please. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge has a bad day and loses her hat. She finds herself lost as well, survives an encounter with a poison-tongued jumping tortoise, and overhears a conversation between two underground-dwelling Leafeaters, who have total distain for humans. Persimmony travels to tell the king what she's learned and is sent on a mission to discover if the mountain at the center of her island homeland is really a sleeping giant. Once she confirms his existence, she finds herself on an even more urgent mission, this one even more dangerous, to save her homeland by preventing the giant from being awakened by the Leafeaters, who are digging for gold and are about to reach his feet. Trafton creates a unique setting with unusual and detailed characters, including the playful Rumblebumps, the polite but dangerous Leafeaters, and the selfish 13-year-old king who has no regard for his subjects. Persimmony's sense of adventure and determination make her an entertaining heroine. Trafton's message about courage and responsibility is conveyed through her, the exaggerated King Lucas the Loftier, and assorted other characters, but it never overshadows the story. Frequent full-page black-and-white illustrations add to the humor and nonstop action.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Kirkus Reviews

The inhabitants of the Island at the Center of Everything are inclined to take things to extremes. The clown-like Rumblebumps lack gravitas; the politically correct Leafeaters, sticklers for etiquette and proper grammar and usage, lack humor. Persimmony Smudge, the basket-maker's daughter, values imagination over everything, and Worvil, the odd creature she befriends, is fixated on the worst that can happen. From his castle on Mount Majestic, King Lucas the Loftier indulges his taste for pepper, oblivious to the workers who slave at the peppermill to feed his craving. The discovery that their island world rests on a sleeping giant who shows signs of waking up throws the island's self-centered residents off balance. Meeting the emergency will require all the ingenuity and interspecies cooperation they can muster. More is less in this unruly fable suffering from a surplus of morals, from "live for today" to "moderation in all things." The surfeit of characters and rambling plot are confusing and cause and effect often unclear. Happily, the debut author's wry wit and flashes of satire mitigate many deficits.(Fantasy. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101445518
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/02/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
750,958
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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