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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of my all time favorite books! I had the illustrated version in grade school (most likely got it because of the beautiful images) but got the paperback this time for a reread. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Samantha Rossetti
I love this series.
Not for the faint at heart & probably not for kids younger than 10.
Complex characters & story lines.
Vibrant imagery. Read more
I loved all his movies. But writing..... Hmmm.....it's like reading a script. I would know.Published 1 month ago by LuvMyOnlineShopping
I started reading this series not knowing what to expect. CLIVE BARKERS book reviews all profess how great his range an skill is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tom Whelan
An amazing book for any age in my opinion. I'm 26 and I can't get enough of it. It's fantasy for the child at heart while maintaining the grit you enjoy as you get older.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Abarat is Clive Barker's version of Alice in Wonderland. A little girl follows a strange man to a new world and encounters crazy characters while learning how to grow up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by heather