The Door in the Sky

The Door in the Sky

by Sandy Klein Bernstein
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The Door in the Sky by Sandy Klein Bernstein

It all started with a stolen magic spell. Throw in a demented sorceress, a teen alchemist in desperate need of a haircut, a fearless king pining for an ill-tempered witch, a demonic shadow with a penchant for turning to mist, a cunning Claurican (think leprechaun, but with better shoes), and an army of invisible knights - all looking for a pair of bickering Earthlings ...
"Come back here at midnight, Ricky"

Eleven-year-old Ricky watches in stunned silence as those words magically appear in the stars during a show at the Chicago Space Museum. But why can't anyone else see the message? And why must he bring Jello?

His teenage sister, Allie, follows him back to the theater at midnight. They're both whisked through a door in the sky to the kingdom of Galdoren, where they quickly befriend a mischievous star and make a powerful enemy of Queen Glacidia, a one-eyed witch who rules over a land of never-ending winter.

On their quest to reach a castle riddled with secrets, the siblings will encounter a magic carpet with a terrible sense of direction, a cowardly dragon, a gallant stranger in a flying wheelchair, and a candy farm with exploding Red Hots.

Will that scruffy teen alchemist, Henry, be able to master his spell book in time to help? And will Ricky ever get the hang of flying, or will he forever be banging his head against the light fixtures?

The Door in the Sky will transport you to a world overflowing with magic, breathless adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. Each cliff-hanging chapter will keep you reading well past your bedtime and burning up the batteries to your book light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457511110
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 1,056,192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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The Door in the Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bibliophile2 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the advice of a teacher who had read it to her fourth grade class. She told me that her students loved it and that my grandkids would as well (they age in range from 9-13). She said that this book was one of her personal favorites and leant me her copy to preview. Fantasy and kids’ books aren’t usually my cup of tea, but this book had me hooked from page one. I could see why her students were so crazy about it. There’s magic and suspense, but also lots of humor. The author creates an enchanted world that you start to believe is real, as well as characters and relationships that seem simple at first, then grow more complex throughout the novel. I also loved the way clues are planted within the story. Objects and characters that might initially seem unimportant, later become integral parts of the book. There’s just something inherently charming about this book, and even though I’m not the intended audience, I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait for my grandkids to read it as I know it will become one of their favorite books, and then I’ll be the favorite grandma who bought it for them!
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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Out of all the books I’ve reviewed this year, this has to be one of my favorites. The Door in the Sky was obviously aimed for nine year-olds and up, but I believe any age can read it. The world Bernstein creates is (in my opinion), more magical than Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. It also has lots of humor, so not only was I intrigued about the world Bernstein created, I also had a great time living in it too. Everything she explains will make the reader think “Wow, that was unexpected”. The plot isn’t too slow or fast and contains plenty of adventure in every page. There are many characters to meet, each funnier and more interesting than the next. Ricky was easy to enjoy and like right off the bat. His determination and bravery in his attempts to fly make him a lovable character. Henry, a slightly nerdier version of Ricky, needs to practice his spells before it is too late. The reader will be avidly rooting for Henry to succeed. I’ve seen many reviews saying their grandson/children wanted them to read it, and they finally bit the bullet and gave the book 5/5 stars. This book isn’t something I’d pick up in a store because of the age group, so I’m happy I had a chance to review it. It was a time warp back to when I was younger and I wished there was a book like this during that time. I recommend this book to tweens, teens, and adults. Hopefully there’s a sequel coming out, because I will definitely get my hands on it! 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend this book highly enough! I will admit that buying this book was my daughter's idea. But listening to her laugh as she read it more than piqued my curiosity. Now every member of my family has read and thoroughly enjoyed this book, each of us enjoying it for different reasons. For me, the adventure was fun, but it was the author's sense of humor that kept me turning the page.
LKX29 More than 1 year ago
To all the book lovers out there: you know that great feeling you get when you begin reading a new book, and you know immediately that something special is happening? That is exactly the way I felt when I began reading Sandy Klein Bernstein's the Door in the Sky. As soon as I began reading, I was completely hooked. From the very outset, this book joins the ranks of fabulous novels for young readers; it is funny, exciting, charming, creative, and engaging. But for all you adult book lovers out there: don't write this off as being just a novel for young adults, anybody who enjoys delightfully humorous fantasy novels will adore this book! You will love the adventures of Ricky, Allie, Shimmer, Twink, and the cast of wonderful characters they meet along the way! An absolutely fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I like all kinds of books, including fantasies, but I usually read darker books than this, and mysteries. But this book was amazing! It reminded me of the first few Harry Potter books. I'm in high school, and I had bought this book for my sister as a birthday gift (she's in 6th grade and is crazy for Harry Potter and anything fantasy). She became OBSESSED with this book! I kept hearing her laughing as she was reading it, and I was curious. She talked about this book all the time and read it in something like 3 days. When she finished, she kept trying to get me to read it. But then I needed something to read during free read in English, so I threw this in my backpack since I didn't have anything else. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. It was SO FUNNY! But it also was really exciting and suspenseful. I already told a couple of friends about it. I saw somebody post something on facebook that he was reading a great book. Guess what it was? The Door in the Sky!
FantasyGal More than 1 year ago
The Door in the Sky was a FANTASTIC read. This book is full of interesting and inventive characters that appeal to readers of all ages. I genuinely had a great time reading it. The book begins with an alchemist being murdered by a creepy shadow, who is after a very specific spell. Meanwhile, on Earth, an 11-year-old boy named Ricky visits the planetarium with his older sister. The siblings are taken by a kind star and his nephew to Galdoren, where they are supposed to be the guests of honor and are invited to explore the kingdom for three days while time is stopped back on Earth. But the spell the shadow stole will allow the evil Queen Glacidia to escape from her kingdom of winter, where she was trapped many years ago. The two Earth kids end up in her way more than once and, with the help of their new Galdoren friends, fight to put her back. I love stories where normal kids get to go on magical adventures, and this one definitely enthralled me. It’s fun, funny, exciting, and layered. The characters are well-rounded (and I have never felt such affection for stars before). It’s a great read.