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Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
This English-language version of a French graphic novel opens with a young girl named Rebecca lying in a hospital bed, apparently dying of a mysterious disease. A strange, ghostly figure appears to Rebecca, and she realizes that when the ghost is around, she feels just fine. Rebecca follows the ghost to the nearby train station where she and the ghost board a train bound for a town called Northwood. Meanwhile, a boy named Max is being bullied by members of his brother's gang as they make mischief at a seaside town, which the reader subsequently realizes must be Northwood, since Rebecca comes out of the train station and Max sees her. Max knows Rebecca and follows her. Rebecca heads to a place she calls "Grandpa Gabe's" but is horrified to see that the house has been torn down. Another boy named Noah appears who also knows Rebecca. He takes her to a secret hideout where he explains that he and yet another friend named Theo managed to save "the machine." As Noah, Theo, and Rebecca converse in the cave, it becomes clear that the machine allows them to go to a different world called Elsewhere, where they have been before. In fact, Rebecca is sick with some illness she contracted in Elsewhere, and they must go back to the other world to save her. Meanwhile, Max enters the cave looking for the kids. He, too, uses the machine to go to Elsewhere and is in pursuit of the other kids when he meets a mysterious old man who turns out to be Grandpa Gabe. Max and Grandpa Gabe are looking for the other kids in a desert-like landscape when the book ends. The novel is clearly a continuation of an ongoing story, and readers familiar with the previous installments will undoubtedly have no trouble understanding which character is which, why they do what they do, and what the relevance of Elsewhere is. However, as a stand-alone this book does not work at all. There is no summary of the action of the previous books anywhere in the text, so for readers unfamiliar with the earlier installments, none of the action in the book will make much sense at all. This is book four in "The Elsewhere Chronicles." Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761360681
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: The Elsewhere Chronicles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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