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Then one day in Central Park, Rose sees something truly extraordinary: a crystal staircase rising out of the lake, and two small figures climbing the ...
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Then one day in Central Park, Rose sees something truly extraordinary: a crystal staircase rising out of the lake, and two small figures climbing the shimmering steps before vanishing like a mirage. Only it isn't a mirage. Rose is being watched-by representatives of U Nork, a hidden city far more spectacular than its sister city, New York. In U Nork, dirigibles and zeppelins skirt dazzling skyscrapers that would dwarf the Chrysler Building. Impeccably dressed U Norkers glide along the sidewalks on roller skates. Rose can hardly take it all in.
And then she learns the most astonishing thing about U Nork: its citizens are in danger, and only Rose can help them.
In this masterful new fantasy, best-selling author Adam Gopnik joins with legendary illustrator Bruce McCall to explore powerful themes of identity and the meaning of home.
A little girl learns the meaning of family in this fantasy adventure loosely based on Andersen's "Snow Queen" and set in both New York City and a parallel metropolis called U Nork. Adopted from Russia, Rose is presciently attracted to snow globes and stories about snow princesses. Her urban-kid routine is shattered on an outing to the Empire State Building, where a diminutive spy from U Nork invites her to ascend a glass stairway across the water in Central Park to find the "biggest and grandest city in the solar system." Awed by the enormous buildings and bizarre customs, Rose discovers that U Nork is really hidden inside a snow globe and depends on her to save it from the demonic Ice Queen. With an assist from family and friends from both cities, spunky Rose faces some hard choices as she confronts the powerful Ice Queen—who just happens to be her real mother. While the highly original New York/U Nork construct proves fascinating, readers may find the overt "Snow Queen" correspondences intrusive, bewildering and misguided. (Fantasy. 8-12)
From the Hardcover edition.