The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic


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Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it's the belly of a sleeping giant! It's up to Persimmony and her friend Worvil to convince the island's quarreling inhabitants that a giant is sleeping in their midst and must not be awakened. The question is, will she be able to do it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142419342
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/08/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 208,540
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Trafton ( lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Brett Helquist ( lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great adventurous book for all ages. When i first started reading it, i couldn't stop. Ou have to read this book.
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it from the first page, just a really funny adventure. I hope the author writes more soon!
LeslitGS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life has, quite suddenly, become far more exciting for Persimmony Smudge. She was just chasing her had into the woods when she was set upon by a poisonous tortoise [uneducated readers, beware, they are nothing to laugh at] and forced to hide in a hollow log where she overhears a plot by the Leafeaters to tunnel under the king's castle and steal gold. At the castle, where she tells the king of the plot, she learns even more distressing news: the mountain at the center of the island--which rises until noon and falls until midnight, and always has, as long as anyone knows--is actually the stomach of a giant, sleeping beneath the surface. Now she has to prove that the giant exists, prevent a war and keep the rebels from waking up the giant and possibly killing them all. She's just not sure quite how to do this.This is a novel that I have picked up several [dozen] times and put down one less than several [dozen] times. The main reason is because the plot--girl saves kingdom from unlikely doom of waking giant--wasn't sold to me by the book flap. Let's just say I was underwhelmed. And then a very good friend of mine, who happens to be a reader and a teacher, absolutely demanded that I read it. So I did.And I regret nothing.Aside from not buying it the first time I found it. But that's beside the point.As I finished it last night, it came to me that it felt familiar. Not in a unpleasant or cliche way, but more in the familiar just met an old friend kind of way. I stopped and had to think a few moments until I realized why it felt like this. Mount Majestic was just as sweet and simple and fantastic as The Tale of Despereaux and Howl's Moving Castle. Inasmuch, I'm stealing a phrase I used in describing Howl's. This book is filled with wholesome charm. Wholesome charm--this book makes you feel good when you read it. There's no didactic moral, no forced message, just a wonderful story of a girl going on an adventure with friends and a kingdom being saved from giants and people being people. If you learn that maybe you should take your time and maybe be a touch more courteous, there's nothing wrong with that.Your main character here is, as the summation would imply, Persimmony. She starts the ball rolling, and even when not much is going on, she's constantly reviewing everything and revising how it should be. How she can save the world, how she could be brilliant, how this, that and the other thing could or should be different. Being someone who tends to live internally, I can appreciate how a lot of her thoughts go. [However, I'm not the daughter of a basketweaver in the forest, and I expect that daughters of accountants in suburbia don't have quite the break she might. Especially since we don't have poisonous tortoises or giving pots]. She's a bit of a dizzy dreamer, but completely endearing. Oddly enough, so is Worvil, her cohort in the trips. He's a little potato of a man whose worst fears are founded on things that might be, and lives in the uttermost terror of things that haven't even happened. But somehow, like Persimmony, you like him. Then there is King Lucas [the Loftier], Guafnoggle, Theodore, Persimmony's family, and the Leafeaters. There are too many wonderful people to communicate their importance here.But there is a glossary in the back of the book. It is hilarious. And useful. Be sure to check it out.The characters are charming, the creations are brilliant and the writing is so much fun that you'll want to read it aloud for no other reason than to just read it aloud. You might read it aloud to your cat [or dog, or roommate, or a friendly-looking wall], eagerly stumbling over the King's made up words or trying your hand at talking like Guafnoggle.
RefPenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ten-year-old Persimonny Smudge lives on an island with a mountain in the middle of it that mysteriously rises up and down. One day she overhears a secret ¿ that there is a giant asleep under the mountain! Persimmony sets out to persuade everyone else that the giant is there and should not be woken up. Along the way she encounters many strange people ¿ the Leaf Eaters, the Rumblebumps and Worvil the Worrier.This is a charming, fairy tale-like story with an engaging heroine. The writing in this book contains a lot of subtle humour which would be appreciated by adults and so this book makes a good read-aloud for ages 6 and up. For solo reading it is more suited to readers aged 10 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a sequel.
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Im so exited to read this book
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Comes back to grab something then he left
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