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ISBN-13: 9780140386332
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/01/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 18,114
Product dimensions: 7.18(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

Michael Ende was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1929. After attending drama school from 1948 to 1950, he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic for the Bavarian broadcasting company. His first novel for children, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine Driver, was published in Germany in 1960 to great popular and critical acclaim, and both radio and televsion series based on the Jim Knopf books were soon produced. In 1973 he published another award-winning children's novel, Momo. When The Neverending Story was first published in Germany in 1979 it immediately became the number-one bestseller arnd remained in that position for three years. It has since been published in many different languages all over the world, including Japanese, and has enchanted readers in each country in which it has appeared.

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"Gerard Doyle's performance grounds this new production of Ende's enduring fantasy about Bastian, a grieving boy whose life is changed by a stolen book." —-AudioFile

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The Neverending Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
Hosanna More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when I was a kid, so I bought both the DVD and the book for my son and I (when I bought the Princess Bride DVD and movie which my son loved.)

I was amazed to find that the movie only covered a small portion of the book. The rest of the book is still an adventure, that is deeply imaginative - creatively funny - and captivatingly ingenious.

I hate a book or movie that is predictable, and this book was far from it. And yet it tied most of the loose ends with a little bow. The other loose ends are another story, and will be talked about another time =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as a teenager, and it should be required reading for anyone with an imagination. I was so glad to see an edition with the original two-color text incorporated. I'd contemplated buying the book for a long time, but could never find a copy with the red and green text. I'm very pleased to add it to my collection now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book from the local library, not expecting it to be any good after having seen the movie. Yet I was pleasantly shocked to find that, unlike the movie, it is a psychological adventure with deep, mature themes. Excellent fantasy.
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
Well, first off I must say that I enjoyed the first half of the book more. This is not to say the second half was no good, just that it was not as exciting. Atreyu was a pathfinder on an quest  to save Fantastica while Bastian, whether he knew it or not, was a lost boy with a great deal of imagination and power.  There is an urgency to Atreyu's story which is missing in Bastian's wanderings. If you do not know the story, Bastian's travels will appear simply like aimless meandering until the mystery of his disappearing memories is explained. Still, there are many reasons to love this book. The first is as explained by Bastian is the idea of a story that never ends. Anyone with a passion for books will have at one time or another grieved the ending of a wonderful story. Saying goodbye to a character with whom you have shared many adventures can be as difficult as saying farewell to a beloved friend. But alas, the story does end and we have to bid adieu to Atreyu, Falkor and Bastian. At least for the time being. The second is Fantastica's strange and wondrous denizens. As the story unfolds, you find familiar creatures such as witches, ghosts, vampires, elves, dwarves, centaurs and more. But there are also many more less recognizable like the rock chewers, wind giants, headfooters, four-quarter trolls, blondycats and others. There seems to be no limits to the writer's imagination. And last but not least, The Neverending Story is also a story about love and responsibility.  Either loving yourself or learning to love others. We learn by watching what Bastian goes through in Fantastica. His actions at the end of the tale is a reflection of what he has learned in his time there. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Ende isn't very famous. But, his books are some of the best that I have read in my entire life. I highly recommend it to any who loves books. Even my grand-daughter loved the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The NeverEnding Story is a great book for any kids or adults who have a wild imagination, and who like the book genres fairytale, adventure, and fantasy.The book just like the movie enters the reader into a fantasy world of all sorts of imaginative characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book it was the best ever, any one would enjoy reading it, its full of animation and love!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I baught this book a very long time ago when I was in 5th grade, and that summer I spent a lot of my time with my nose buried into The Neverending Story, the entire story..with the singing voices, many colored death, the plants, the boats on the sea..and all the rest of the book was wonderful! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read. If you haven't read it yet it is a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I thought that I could never put it down. This is the only adventure book that I actually could really get into. I thought that this is a perfect book to read to get away from your troubles and take a very exciting vacation to Fantastica!!!!! I would give this a million stars if I could. Good job Michael Ende!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really seems like a neverending story because even after you finish reading it you are still thinking about it. Any one who hasen't read it you should but I don't recomend it for kids under 12. This was the best book ever!!!!!!! You really should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! It is kind of thick but if you like fanasty books it really should not matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book for any age! Like a 'Little Prince' on an 'Indiana Jones' like adventure. You will not put the book down it includes you into its own world. Michael Ende wrote a unique piece that I will always remember. Can also recommend his other books that all have a great message, very much needed for anybody who is growing up (and who is not!).
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I am a person who has seen The Neverending Story film hundreds of times. I love it, I own the DVD, I've watched it with my own children...but I had never read the book. I think I may have loved this story better if I had read the book first. I enjoyed the movie so much, and it was such a part of my childhood that when the book passed the ending of the movie, I found myself struggling to stay interested. It seemed to go on and on and on...it was neverending! For what it was, though, it was a well written and interesting story...I think I just had it so much in my head that the movie didn't go this way, that it made it hard for me to get into it. Luckily, by the end of the book I had gotten back into it again...there was just this whole part in the middle where Bastian is basically a spoiled brat that I couldn't get into. That being said, I did enjoy the multitude of new characters that were introduced and the depth of the world that wasn't really shown in the movie. And since we can never really hear what Bastian names the Childlike Empress at the end, it was nice to know her new name. For people who truly love a good adventure type fantasy, a book with a quest or two, this is the book for you.
Alondra_Leyva More than 1 year ago
The Neverending Story is a fascinating story that intertwines the lives of two young boys: Bastian Balthazar Bux and Atreyu. This book kept me awake at night, fearing for the characters and indulging in the successes of the characters. Bastian is a self-conscious boy, who lives in our world during the 1980’s. Bastian is fat, bow-legged, and weak, and is always mocked by the other boys at his school about his appearance. Atreyu is a Greenskin boy living in the Fantastican world, and is an accomplished hunter in his tribe of Greenskins. This fascinating story revolves around the Childlike Empress, the ruler of Fantastica that has gotten mysteriously ill of an unknown disease. As the Childlike Empress gets weaker, more spots of Nothing appear on Fantastican soil, swallowing up everything that it touches and drawing objects towards it. As Atreyu goes on a mission to find the Savior that can save the Childlike Empress, Bastian reads along in a magical book he had stolen. The way that this story was set up really enticed me. The way that Bastian was a character that was reading along in a story was a wonderful addition to the novel. The way the novel was set up, it felt as if the reader was reading along with Bastian as Bastian read all about Atreyu and his travels. As Bastian jumps into the world of Fantastica himself,the reader also feels as if he stepped into another world, unbeknownst to any other. The way that this novel was told was wonderful, and I could not stop reading about the travels of Atreyu and Bastian’s time in Fantastica. This was a completely new way of writing that I have never seen, and I feel that the author did a wonderful job in adding this element to the story without confusing the reader. The settings that the novel takes place in are also captivating and clear. Bastian's schoolhouse is well described, so much so that you can imagine yourself walking through the attic of the schoolhouse yourself. The imaginary world of Fantastica is also fantastic, with creativity filling the pages of descriptions of the Fantastican realm. Scenery you never could have imagined could be found in Fantastica, and so many new and innovative ideas are added to this novel, adding a whimsical feel to the novel. The author does a wonderful job of describing the setting to the reader throughout the novel, and you are always able to close your eyes and see a picture of the Fantastican realm standing clearly before your eyes. Throughout the course of the novel, several lessons are taught, both to the reader and the characters. As the reader journeys through the travels of Atreyu and Bastian, the reader learns valuable lessons about greed, conceitedness, and pride. These lessons show the reader examples of what we may look like to others if we act greedy, conceited, or prideful, and add a touch of education to the novel. The language that is used in this novel is also perfect, not too simple, but not too difficult. The vocabulary used is not too difficult to understand, but there were some new words that I encountered while reading this novel. The language used is very descriptive, with every little detail written down for the reader. The language in this novel is what makes The Neverending Story such a wonderful novel to read, for it can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. Overall, I assure you that this novel is an outstanding piece of literature, and should be read and enjoyed by everyone.
Alondra_Leyva More than 1 year ago
The Neverending Story is a fascinating story that intertwines the lives of two young boys: Bastian Balthazar Bux and Atreyu. This book kept me awake at night, fearing for the characters and indulging in the successes of the characters. Bastian is a self-conscious boy, who lives in our world during the 1980’s. Bastian is fat, bow-legged, and weak, and is always mocked by the other boys at his school about his appearance. Atreyu is a Greenskin boy living in the Fantastican world, and is an accomplished hunter in his tribe of Greenskins. This fascinating story revolves around the Childlike Empress, the ruler of Fantastica that has gotten mysteriously ill of an unknown disease. As the Childlike Empress gets weaker, more spots of Nothing appear on Fantastican soil, swallowing up everything that it touches and drawing objects towards it. As Atreyu goes on a mission to find the Savior that can save the Childlike Empress, Bastian reads along in a magical book he had stolen. The way that this story was set up really enticed me. The way that Bastian was a character that was reading along in a story was a wonderful addition to the novel. The way the novel was set up, it felt as if the reader was reading along with Bastian as Bastian read all about Atreyu and his travels. As Bastian jumps into the world of Fantastica himself,the reader also feels as if he stepped into another world, unbeknownst to any other. The way that this novel was told was wonderful, and I could not stop reading about the travels of Atreyu and Bastian’s time in Fantastica. This was a completely new way of writing that I have never seen, and I feel that the author did a wonderful job in adding this element to the story without confusing the reader. The settings that the novel takes place in are also captivating and clear. Bastian's schoolhouse is well described, so much so that you can imagine yourself walking through the attic of the schoolhouse yourself. The imaginary world of Fantastica is also fantastic, with creativity filling the pages of descriptions of the Fantastican realm. Scenery you never could have imagined could be found in Fantastica, and so many new and innovative ideas are added to this novel, adding a whimsical feel to the novel. The author does a wonderful job of describing the setting to the reader throughout the novel, and you are always able to close your eyes and see a picture of the Fantastican realm standing clearly before your eyes. Throughout the course of the novel, several lessons are taught, both to the reader and the characters. As the reader journeys through the travels of Atreyu and Bastian, the reader learns valuable lessons about greed, conceitedness, and pride. These lessons show the reader examples of what we may look like to others if we act greedy, conceited, or prideful, and add a touch of education to the novel. The language that is used in this novel is also perfect, not too simple, but not too difficult. The vocabulary used is not too difficult to understand, but there were some new words that I encountered while reading this novel. The language used is very descriptive, with every little detail written down for the reader. The language in this novel is what makes The Neverending Story such a wonderful novel to read, for it can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. Overall, I assure you that this novel is an outstanding piece of literature, and should be read and enjoyed by everyone.
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 10 or 11. Over twenty years later, it's still one of my favorites. This story has so much depth that each time it's read, it may as well be a different story altogether. Like Mr. Correander points out to Bastian, "The Neverending Story is different for each person", this holds true. This has to be the sixth or seventh time in my life that I've read this and still it was like a brand-new adventure. I smiled as I read chapters that remembered, and was in awe of ones I didn't. To this day, a piece of my heart belongs to Atreyu who has to be the bravest boy I've ever "met". This story carries a lot of emotion in it, and more than one cloaked lesson between its pages. It's definite must read by parents to their children. Not only will it teach children valuable life lessons, it will help parents to better see the world through their children's eyes and hearts. Perhaps it will remind parents of their own adventures in Fantastica, after all, we adults tend to forget the many times we've been there and have given the Childlike Empress her name >~.^< I hope the magic of The Neverending Story remains in my heart until "Men are myth and books are written by rabbits" (Quote is from The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, another book I believe is a gateway to Fantastica)
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NashaCT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie and this book!!!
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every inch of this book is layered with pure imagination adventure and suspence. it is one of the best books every made due to skillful writing and one of the very best covers on the market. this book was humorous and talked of loyal friendships and the hardships of a young boy who found peace inside a magical world called fantastica,the most amazing place ever full of inventive and completley original topics and ideas . every aspect is perfect anyone who can should really read this book
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sarbow on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I loved the first half of the book, which was fun and magical but with some important messages underneith. The second section of the bok was good, but came across as much more preachy.