The Golden Door (Three Doors Trilogy #1)

The Golden Door (Three Doors Trilogy #1)

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by Emily Rodda
     
 

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The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora! The walled city of Weld is under attck from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one…  See more details below

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The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora! The walled city of Weld is under attck from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is oficially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mining folktale tropes, veteran Australian author Rodda (the Deltora Quest series) opens her Three Doors trilogy with promising urgency and a twist of historical consciousness. The enclave of Weld, surrounded by a wall with no opening, is under attack from above. Man-eating “skimmers” fly over the city on warm summer nights, swarming wherever there is light or sound. The autocratic government calls for volunteers to find and destroy the source of the scourge, revealing that there is, after all, a way out of the city. Sixteen-year-old Rye’s older brothers, Dirk and Sholto, volunteer and vanish, presumed dead. After a foolish error by Rye impoverishes the family, he sneaks away to volunteer, facing the choice of the three magical doors and the challenges beyond. Are Rye’s brothers really dead? Can the skimmers be stopped? And would anyone really want the promised reward: the Warden of Weld’s spoiled daughter? Rodda avoids two-dimensional stereotypes entirely: while the brothers’ roles are traditional, each is appealingly human. Rye goes questing, not because he has a high destiny, but because he loves and misses his family. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
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Praise for THE GOLDEN DOOR:

"A well-realized, high-fantasy world. . . . The fast-paced, accessible story will leave readers anticipating Rye's next adventure." -- BOOKLIST

"Rodda's world-building is, as always, excellent . . . " -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for THE KEY TO RONDO:

"Rodda trusts her readers and gives them sweetness and real emotion with zero sentimentality." -- KIRKUS, starred review

"The rollicking, action-packed plot moves along quickly and twists keep readers guessing . . ." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Like the protagonist in Rodda's Rowan of Rin (Greenwillow, 2001), Rye is young, naïve, and voted least likely to save the walled city of Weld from anything, especially flying, destructive monsters. But when his two older brothers fail to return after volunteering to hunt these ravenous beasts, Rye lies about his age and heads off to find them. A Keep Orphan named Sonia convinces him to take her along, and together they step through the golden door and are magically whisked off to the Fell Zone, where they have to contend with dragons, blood hogs, sea serpents, and the evil and ancient Wizard Olt, who requires human sacrifices to stay alive. The mysterious Fellans inform Rye that he is a long-awaited hero and give him nine magical objects to help him find his oldest brother Dirk, stop Olt, and rescue the sacrifices. But wait, there's more-this is only the first book in a trilogy. Rye starts out quiet and introspective, but ultimately shows himself to be brave and resourceful, if unconvinced of his heroic destiny. There's a bit of mystery surrounding Sonia, who has some brave, resourceful moments of her own. The rest of the supporting cast is somewhat flat, with a few exceptions. Rodda's world-building is, as always, excellent, though her use of Fantasy Speech (no contractions) is distracting. There is some violence, but despite that and the fact that Rye and Sonia are teens, this curiously old-fashioned fantasy would work best with upper-elementary-aged readers.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545469937
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Three Doors Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
201,106
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Emily Rodda is the author of the hugely successful Deltora Quest series, with over two million copies in print. Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times, she seems to know instinctively what children want to read. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

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