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Only the four children can save the twilight world of Elidor, by guarding four strange treasures - a street-map, a deserted demolition site, a football and a ruined church. But gradually the powers of evil start to invade the quiet Manchester suburbs. By the author of The Owl Ser... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780006742913
Barcode 9780006742913
Published 14 May 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Essential Modern Classics
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ISBN-13 9780006742913
ISBN-10 0006742912
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 14 May 1992
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Essential Modern Classics
Category Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 105g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Children's stories
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

An urban fantasy, runner up for the Carnegie Medal on its original publication On a gloomy day in Manchester, Roland, Helen, Nicholas and David are lured into a ruined church, where the fabric of time and place is weak enough to allow them into the twilight world of Elidor. It is a place almost destroyed by fear and darkness, and the children are charged with guarding its Treasures while a way is sought to save the dying land. Then the evil forces find a path through to this world...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A beautiful work of poetic imagination, it deserves to become a classic of fantasy. The Listener
US Review The finding is chance. Wasteland and boundaries, places that are neither one thing nor the other, neither here nor there - these are the gates of Elidor. For Roland Watson, Fog Lane, Manchester 20, and his older brothers and sisters, the gate is a gutted church on a demolition site, the fix between the two worlds is the music of a blind, lame fiddler who becomes Malebron, King of Elidor. From ancient prophecy, Malebron sees in the children the saviors of Elidor the means to bring light after long darkness. At his insistence - Think it. Force it with your mind - Roland imagines the door to the hidden Treasures that hold Elidor's fate, and the four retrieve them; to protect Elidor, they must take the Treasures back with them. The problem thereafter is two-fold: to conceal (and neutralize) the Treasures, which act as electric generators, disrupting television reception and setting off household appliances; to overcome the evil forces from Elidor bent on gaining possession of them and, ultimately, to return them safely to Malebron. Some of this is hilarious - the family facing an evening without TV, the stolid father confronting invisible forces - some is harrowing, but it rarely rises above the level of formula fantasy. The obvious weaknesses are a certain flatness of style and the lack of definition of character, the stillborn aspect of faerieland: we don't know Elidor or the children intimately enough to care what happens to them, nor to regret, in the case of the children, that they are little touched by the sum of their experiences. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Alan Garner was born in Cheshire, where he still lives today. His first book -The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - was published in 1960.

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