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An innocent summer holiday turns out to be anything but for Athene and her younger brother, Zach, when they find themselves caught up in a skirmish between two groups of gnome-like creatures: The Humble Gloam live above ground and get along with humans; the Low Gloam live below ground and despise everyone. But when Zach stumbles into Low Gloam territory, Athene disguises herself to rescue him—and discovers a secret that could bring the two Gloam tribes together—if it doesn’t ...

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An innocent summer holiday turns out to be anything but for Athene and her younger brother, Zach, when they find themselves caught up in a skirmish between two groups of gnome-like creatures: The Humble Gloam live above ground and get along with humans; the Low Gloam live below ground and despise everyone. But when Zach stumbles into Low Gloam territory, Athene disguises herself to rescue him—and discovers a secret that could bring the two Gloam tribes together—if it doesn’t tear them apart first.

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Twelve-year-old Athene Enright detests her younger brother Zach. His happy-go-lucky personality only makes her angrier. When the Enright family vacations at a bed and breakfast in the Surrey countryside, she finally gets her wish and gets rid of him. However, Athene quickly learns that having one's fondest wish come true is not necessarily a good thing. While exploring the countryside one night, Athene makes friends with Humdudgeon and Huffkin, nocturnal gnome-like creatures called Gloam. They introduce her to their tribe, the Humble Gloam, and she learns that the Gloam tend to dislike Glare (a.k.a. humans). While her new acquaintances are friendly, they warn her of the Low Gloam who entrap anyone who ventures near an old hollow tree, imprisoning them underground forever. One stormy evening, Zach discovers Athene's secret friends. Athene is so angry at her brother that she tells him to take shelter in the hollow tree, and then happily watches him disappear. Humdudgeon and Huffkin are horrified. They place a temporary spell on the Enright parents so they will not miss Zach. Athene is delighted with her new position as an only child. However, after a short while she realizes that she really does love and miss Zach. Athene convinces the Humble Gloam to assist her in his rescue, but instead Athene, Humdudgeon and Huffkin are captured. What follows is a gripping adventure in which Athene and her friends work with other the captives to plan a dangerous escape and save Zach. She redeems herself by freeing the captives and uncovering the truth about the Battle of Barnyard Bedlam which had driven the Low Gloam underground. The fantasy ends with the Enrights returning to their home after asplendid vacation. Athene and Zach are looking forward to returning next year for possible new adventures with the Gloam. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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In the Enright family, Athene and Zach are as opposite in every way as the letters of their names. Zach is sunny, finding ways to be happy, while dour Athene hasn't quit resenting his birth. When the family takes a vacation to rural England, Athene happens upon a curious creature who calls himself a "Gloam," a gnome-like creature who inhabits the night. Athene is thrilled with her adventure until Zach trails along one evening. In a fit of pique, she decides to send him into the tree inhabited by the Low Gloam, an evil, nasty bunch that holds new arrivals in magical, eternal thrall. An unbelievable personality change transforms the unlikable Athene, who decides to rescue her lost brother from an underground world described as both fascinating and miserable. Athene assembles a cadre of helpers to break the spell, as the plot hurtles forward in a manner equally logical and improbable by turns. Breaking the spell requires both work and cleverness in the classical fantasy tradition without much else to make it stand out. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903705
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNA DALE lives in Southampton, England, where she works part-time as a bookseller. She has written two previous novels, Whispering to Witches and Dawn Undercover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

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    Meet Athene and Zach, two siblings that have names that are different by a whole alphabet! Suddenly, Athene's wish comes true- her brother Zach is far away. Or is he? She soon discovers that her brother isn't gone. He was sent to the dormitory of the Low Gloam! These are creatures that loath humans. With the help of her friends, the Humble Gloams, they embark on an amzing journey to help save Zach! I highly reccomend this magical book!

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