The Key to Rondo

The Key to Rondo

by Emily Rodda


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There are four rules to the old, painted music box that Leo Langlander inherits from his great-aunt:

Wind the box three times only.

Never wind the box while the music plays.

Never move the box while the music plays.

Never close the lid till the music has stopped.

Leo wouldn't dream of breaking these rules – he wouldn't dream of doing anything wrong. Then his weird cousin Mimi comes to visit, and the first thing she does is wind the music box four times. But what Mimi intends as a prank unlocks a hidden world – and frees the sorceress inside it. Now Leo and Mimi must pair up to stop the witch – if only they can discover the true secret of the music box in time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781743194126
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Series: Rondo Series , #1
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Emily Rodda is the author of the hugely successful Deltora Quest series, with over two million copies in print. Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times, she seems to know instinctively what children want to read. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

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The Key to Rondo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
indigo2037 More than 1 year ago
Set in a fantasy setting, the children learn a lesson of consequences for their actions when faces with challenges. Excellent read that absorbs you into the book. If fantasy is your vice, it is an easy flowing story that you'll immediatley want to read the sequel. By the way the sequel isn't out in the US yet. I can't wait....
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was excellent! i thought everything was great. emily rodda's deltora series is one of my favorites, but after her last book i thought that was the last one she would write. but i was wrong! this book is filled with twists and turns and i love it! but the other books that will come out will answer some questions like, who made the music box, why was it made, and do leo and mimi stay friends? hopefully all these questions will be answered in the books to come! but untill then enjoy The Key to Rondo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Key to Rondo was a great book, even thogh it left me with some questions... i would like to know who made the music box, how they made it, and why they made it. I would also like to know what happens after they get home.
amygatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first impression of this book was negative, because I really disliked the cover. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit that I do it all the time - more importantly, I know that young readers do it all the time. Even after reading the book, I cannot figure out why they chose to put Tye on the cover - she was a pretty minor character and I think another image from this book might "sell" it better. It has a lot of images to offer!I really enjoyed this book, despite my first impression. It reminded me very much of The Chronicles of Narnia - the parallel between the white witch and the blue queen, how time passes quickly in the fantasy world while almost no time passes in the real world, and the personification of animals were some of the more obvious connections between the two. I don't think that these similarities detracted from the book at all. In fact, this is a great candidate for a "what do I read next" list if a student really enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia". I would read the subsequent books in this series - I thought it was very creatively done. It played on traditional fairy tales but also brought its own original elements as well, like the hidey-hole who helps them escape. I would recommend this book to male and female readers in sixth or seventh grade - I think it is a little advanced for most elementary students.
readaholic123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well I didn't really want to read this book after reading umpteen adventures in Deltora and quests featuring Rowan, but I took the plunge when it was placed on the Notable books list for the CBCA. I had a moment of doubt when I discovered we were dealing with fairytale characters, but it only lasted a moment and then I was swept up in the delightful fantasy. If you have ever owned a music box, I bet you have wondered about where the music comes from and how the painted images on the box were chosen? Just imagine that you were sent to the land that the music box images portrayed and what if your family influenced the outcomes in the music box land?
Jennyonfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be entirely engrossing and interesting. Until I was half way through it. I liked the characters in the beginning however they became too boring. I couldn't finish this predictable book. The beginning was fun, being introduced to the talking duck and all of the music box inhabitants. It just seemed to get too regular too fast.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Leo Zifkak inherits an ancient music box from his aunt Bethany, he's determined to follow the three rules. He won't wind the box more than three times, he won't shut the box when the music is playing, and he won't move the box before the music stops. Leo isn't a rule breaker, but the same can't be said for his cousin, Mimi. She winds the box four times! This unlocks a hidden world and releases a sorceress who kidnaps Mimi's dog. Though he's angry with her, Leo must team up with Mimi and stop the witch from carrying out her evil plan. They travel to Rondo to save Mimi's dog and meet strange characters along the way. They aren't sure who they can trust or if they can trust anyone but themselves. Their only hope is to discover THE KEY TO RONDO and unlock their way home. Rodda does an amazing job of bringing Rondo to life. I loved the world and the characters, and am looking forward to reading more in THE WIZARD OF RONDO.
lulupickles More than 1 year ago
It was a good book! I loved how the author used detail, and you could just picture everything in your mind. The story line was great, and the writing was great too!!!!! I would highly recommend it!!!!!
Bookreviewer74 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book in all. Yet it was not my favoraite book. It is like every fairy tale you know combined into a great story. What I love about it is that it is original, witty and fun. I had a great time reading this book, it felt like I was actually in it. I could really see the charectors and their personalitys. I love how they bring those fairy tales and put them all togethor into a story line that fits! I liked this book a lto and I hope that other people will too.
narniagrl47 More than 1 year ago
this book is an adventure like no other!with the characters, you can both relate and marvel at their actions and their discoveries. being as avid a reader as i am, i found that this book was excellent in its storyline, plot, and detail! i would recommend this book to any and all readers.
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