by Morgan Keyes


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ISBN-13: 9781442442054
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Morgan Keyes grew up in California, Texas, Georgia, and Minnesota, accompanied by parents, a brother, a dog, and a cat. Also, there were lots and lots of books. Morgan now lives near Washington, DC, spending time reading, traveling, reading, writing, reading, cooking, reading, wrestling with cats, and reading. Because there are still lots and lots of books. Visit Morgan online at MorganKeyes.com.

Erin McGuire has illustrated many books for young readers, including The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and you can visit her at EMcGuire.net.

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"Challenges and adventures abound, but Keara is strong-willed and feisty. . . . Tightly woven and carefully constructed fantasy."—Kirkus Reviews

"It's a well-wrought tale that finds that difficult balance between accessibility and depth; Keyes talks to young readers without talking down."—Publishers Weekly

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Darkbeast 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
85tarheel More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely captivated by DARKBEAST, it reminded me of the books I read when I was growing up that made me a reader for life. Keara is a wonderfully drawn main character and because of the depth of her portrait you care about her fate from the start. The plot moves quickly and I found myself wanting to keep reading just to find out what would happen next. DARKBEAST explores the idea of coming of age rituals in a very detailed fantasy world and I imagine it will be great for sparking discussions about how young people move into the adult world. In short, it is fun and engrossing while not being condescending, it is simply a joy to read. I would heartily recommend it for any young reader (and even for older ones like myself).
deborahblakeNY More than 1 year ago
I grew up reading classic fantasy stories by such authors as Anne McCaffery, Andre Norton, Lloyd Alexander, and of course, Tolkien. I loved books that had strong female protagonists I could identify with, intriguing new worlds for me to get lost in, and an adventure I wanted to follow until the end (or beyond). Author Morgan Keyes gives us all of those in her debut novel, Darkbeast. Keara is a believable, feisty, and courageous heroine, whose dedication to her companion Caw makes me root for her even when she makes mistakes. The world-building is fabulous, and reminds me of the classics of my youth, when authors created new lands I wanted to return to over and over. This book is called a "Middle Grade" novel, and in fact I would recommend it highly to anyone looking for a good read for the younger set (it's a fast and easy read, perfect for the kid who doesn't "like" to read). But as an adult, I also found it satisfying and fun; I think it would suit anyone from 10 to 100. If you like fantasy, you won't want to miss Darkbeast! (And if you have a favorite animal companion of your own, I'm sure they'd agree.)
StephanieDray More than 1 year ago
This is a coming of age tale for children that left me, a grown woman, in tears. The author brings to life a vivid imaginary world in which our heroine must decide to follow her heart instead of the rules of society. She must decide for herself what is right and wrong, with all the pain of that goes with that discovery. Keara's yearning for _grace_ is beautiful and resonates deeply with anyone who has struggled with their own mistakes in life. I cannot say enough about how this book moved me. It will be with me for quite some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't ask for a better story, I've struggled with different things in my life and I can just relate realy well. Keara is drawn out so perfectly that you might be standing next to her listening to her tell you her story. I realy feel like she is a real person when I read the book. I do suggest this book to both old and new readers. I suggest it to older readers because you can relate to having to figur out right and wrong in your childhoovd, and to the younger readers, because of how much you can learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hai everyone, I enjoyed this sad but great book. Hope you guys enjoy. Love, Sophie Port
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