Winter Door (The Gateway Trilogy Series #2)

Winter Door (The Gateway Trilogy Series #2)

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by Isobelle Carmody
     
 

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In the midst of the worst winter on record, Rage is beset with worry. Her mother still hasn’t fully recovered from her car accident despite Rage’s successful quest for healing magic. Her stoic uncle seems to be having second thoughts about looking after her. The school bully, Logan, is increasingly malicious. And her only friend, Billy Thunder, is just a…  See more details below

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In the midst of the worst winter on record, Rage is beset with worry. Her mother still hasn’t fully recovered from her car accident despite Rage’s successful quest for healing magic. Her stoic uncle seems to be having second thoughts about looking after her. The school bully, Logan, is increasingly malicious. And her only friend, Billy Thunder, is just a dog again. As if that weren’t enough, there’s something wild lurking in the woods around the farm. Do Rage’s dreams hint at a sinister threat to two worlds?


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The second book in this fantasy trilogy picks up some months after the conclusion of Night Gate (Random, 2005). Rebecca Jane "Rage" Winnoway's mother, while no longer comatose, still suffers from the aftereffects of a devastating car crash, and Rage is under the guardianship of her seemingly indifferent uncle. The school bully has made her a target, and her town is suffering from an unnaturally long and violent winter-a phenomenon that may be connected to the similar unusual weather caused by an evil force in the enchanted realm of Valley. In a particularly interesting twist, Rage accesses Valley this time around by literally "dreaming" herself there when she falls asleep in our world. C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (both of which play minor roles in the text) are obvious inspirations here, but Carmody develops some intriguing ideas of her own. The author's skillfully designed worlds, expressive prose, and theme of hope in the face of despair will appeal to fantasy fans; but readers who have not experienced the first book may have some difficulty catching up.-Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The second of this fantasy trilogy re-imagines the Persephone legend. After Rage Winnoway's excursion in the alternate world of Valley, her Mam's health improved, her long-lost uncle returned and she has finally looked beyond her beloved dog to find a human friend in the school bad boy. But her life unravels as winter sets in, and when Rage dream-travels to Valley, she finds it gripped by killing snowstorms, now leaking into Rage's home dimension. Reuniting with her companions from her earlier adventure, they venture to a third, bleaker universe ruled by the coldhearted Stormlord, attempting to close the "winter door" that endangers them all. Unfortunately, Rage spends hundreds of pages dithering between worlds before the real threat is revealed; too many climactic events occur offstage, further slowing the narrative pace. Subplots are started and dropped, or abruptly resolved between chapters. Yet Carmody's lyrical writing displays flashes of startling beauty, precisely capturing the piercing pain of loss and the dull ache of despair. While Rage remains annoyingly oblivious, she also grows in empathy and compassion; if the adult characters speak in moralizing platitudes, the dogs-turned-humans remain fresh and lovable. Several clues hint toward a satisfying conclusion for an uneven series. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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"The skillfully designed worlds, expressive prose, and theme of hope in the face of despair will appeal to fantasy fans." - School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375890901
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Gateway Trilogy , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,049,870
File size:
896 KB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Isobelle Carmody began her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while in high school. That series, along with her award-winning short stories, has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Billy Thunder and the Night Gate (the Australian title) was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She lives in Apollo Bay, Australia, and Prague, the Czech Republic.

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Winter Door (The Gateway Trilogy Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Great book i cant wait for the next one "firecat"