Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (Secrets of Droon Series #1)

Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (Secrets of Droon Series #1)

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Overview

When Neal and Julie agree to help Eric straighten up his basement, they never imagine that they're in for more than getting a little dusty. But as the three kids follow a soccer ball into the small room under the basement stairs, the floor suddenly evaporates to reveal a rainbow staircase to another world!
Before they have a chance to look around, they are caught in the midst of a battle. Shiny red men riding giant lizards are shooting arrows straight at them. They are saved by Princess Keeah of Droon who tells them the red men are warriors for the evil Lord Sparr. She promises to help them get home if they will carry a message for her.
The message is delivered successfully but the brave Keeah has been captured by Lord Sparr. Equipped with a cape of invisibility, a six legged camel/horse, and a talkative spider-troll named Max, the three children manage to sneak in and rescue Keeah.
Astride a magic carpet, Julie, Eric, Neal, and Keeah fly to the stairs that will take the three "Upper World" children back home. The kids are astonished to discover that no time has passed back in their own world. But even as they marvel at their adventure, they realize that Princess Keeah has left them a secret message: Your dreams will tell you to return!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590108393
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Series: The Secrets of Droon , #1
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 95,236
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Tony Abbott is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including THE SECRETS OF DROON series; middle-grade novel KRINGLE; and THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series. He was the recipient of the 2006 Golden Kite Award, as well as the 2009 Edgar Award. Tony was born in Ohio, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in Trumbull, Connecticut. Visit him online at www.tonyabbottbooks.com.

Table of Contents

1.The Small Room1
2.The Sky Below the Ground10
3.Groggles and Ninns16
4.At the Bridge24
5.The Vanishing Tower32
6.Home Must Wait43
7.The Forbidden City48
8.Prisoners!58
9.Into Thin Air!66
10.The World Under the Stairs72

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The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MrGTeach More than 1 year ago
This book follows the conventions of the fantasy genre. It's at an OK level for 3rd graders. The story involves three kids who follow a secret staircase to the land of Droon. Once there, they encounter dangerous creatures, a princess named Keeah, talking spiders, and other "fantastic" beings and happenings. The kids have to help Keeah, and the story goes from there. The ending leaves open the possibility for the subsequent other books in the series.
readerworm12345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute seris it was really good I loved them I wish I could have read more but my mom though I was to old for them. I loved how they made it realistic unlike some books like this were time passes the same in both places here its only been a few mins so it makes sence that the perants didnt worry about the kids. They were really good books i would recomend them to all the children grade 3-6.
rsamet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an easy chapter book that incorporates the premises of the Narnia chronicles and Lord of the Rings trilogy into short, 80-page nuggets for the 2nd-4th grade crowd, look no further than the Secrets of Droon series. The Hidden Stairs... is the first in the series, and introduces all the major characters. There is Eric, who has a secret staircase to another realm hidden in his messy basement, and his two best friends Neal and Julie. They arrive in Droon, a world in turmoil, as an evil wizard named Lord Sparr is trying to take over by finding three objects of power that have been scattered. They meet Princess Keeah, and her ally, the old wizard Galen Longbeard, and battle against Sparr and his army of Ninns using magical artifacts. The series continues as the trio's dreams summon them back to Droon to fight Lord Sparr and help Princess Keeah. This is a great series to recommend to kids who love fantasy but are not ready for the challenge and complexity of C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien.
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We chose this book for my son who is in first grade reading at a second grade level. He is progressing quickly so I thought he'd enjoy the story and he did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day Eric called Julie and Neal.He wanted to know if they would come over and play soccer they did.Eric didn't know he had to clean the basement so he told his friends.So they all went down stairs.Julie kicked the ball into a secret room.I liked this book, it's very mysterious and magical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was...very...cool...i loved it. it was awsome! ya hear me. A-W-S-O-M-E! AWSOME!!!!!!!! it is full of action! this made me read the whole entire series! i'm not done with the series though. i'm only on the 4rth one. you'll like these books. they are COOL. ya here me! C-O-O-L!!!!!! COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you should read the whole series! this book was cool! it was awsome! it was great! it was nice! it was very nice! it was good! and most of all it was full of SUPER ACTION!!!!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!! I REPEAT READ THIS BOOK! WELL, gotta go!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it the first time and loved it.Then I read it again and loved it even more than before.I'm nearly fifteen and Love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only read the 1st book but I want to keep on reading the series. You should read the 1st book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is astonishing it amazed me and it brought great interest to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this set of books in the bookstore and immed knew my 1st and 2nd grade boys would love it. Story along lines of Harry Potter.....Cronic of Narina but in a series. My sons love to collect the books in the series. We've gone through Magic Treehouse....and they're done with the first 3 books in the Droon series already. They seem to like this one much more than the treehouse books-they're done with one of these books in a weekend (Treehouse would take them a week to finish)....and it really seems to hold their attention-they end up not wanting to put it down. My 2nd grader sat down with book 1 and didn't stop reading until he finished the entire book! Also my boys don't claim this series "is for babies" like they do these days with anything Harry Potter. Perhaps the Potter line has been overcomercialized??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like it a lot because it seems like there is so much magic. I'm reading it by myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow I really like this series......it's cool fantasy. Really cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a mix of Harry Potter, Chronicals of Narnia, and The Magical Tree House. The only problem about this book is it seems to be reading leval 2.1 Its to easy. Atleast they have over a dozen books in the series to make it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a outstading Book. I enjoyed reading this exciting book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a fantasy and now I wish I had not finished it yet. It is between Harry Potter and The magic treehouse!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed these book series because they are exiciting and adventuroes.