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Candy Quackenbush is growing up in Chickentown, Minnesota, yearning for more--which she finds, quite unexpectedly, when a man with eight heads appears from nowhere in the middle of the prairie, being chased by something really monstrous. And so begins Candy's epic adventure to the islands of the Abarat. Peopled by all manner of creatures, cultures, and customs, the islands should prove a fertile setting for the series that Barker is calling The Books of Abarat. Candy is an intelligent and likable heroine, and the many supporting characters are deftly drawn, both in words and in the full-color interior art that Barker has produced to give the story an extra dimension.
Abarat delivers the rich and imaginative storytelling that Barker is known for, with less overt horror or violence than one of his adult novels might include. However, Candy's path isn't an easy one, and young adult readers should appreciate the hard choices she must make along the way. --Roz Genessee
been following this series since 2002. really interesting young adult fantasy for the cool young adult in your life.Published 1 month ago by Frances
I first read this book in my freshman year of highschool and I loved it. Now 10 years later, I picked this book up again and feel like a lot of the original magic is lost. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Butler
I LOVED this book. I've read it when I was in high school and I've been looking for it ever since.I've read it at least 3 times since I bought it.Published 4 months ago by *Harhu*
Clive does it again. He takes my mind hostage in a good way. I look forward to the next adventurePublished 5 months ago by Hillarie
I purchased this book because a friend recommended it to me. It has a Harry Potter feel to it, but they are not that similar. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Kamrany
I love this book in hardbound, because of the complete colorful paintings/illustrations as well as the story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maria A. Lucas