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Angel's Gate Hardcover – September 30, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st U.S. ed edition (September 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689801661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689801662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,527,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the weird rural Australia of Crew's fiction (Strange Objects; No Such Country) it's not surprising to encounter characters out of The Road Warrior: feral children, a brutish prospector scratching around in the bush. Such types people the author's suspenseful new yarn. Kim, a boy in sixth grade, relates how gold hunter Paddy Flannagan is found murdered, prompting an all-out search for his two wild children, teenage Leena and eight-year-old Micky. Leena is captured and put into the care of Kim's father and mother, the town's only doctor and nurse. Under the assumption that Paddy's killer is still at large, Leena's whereabouts are kept secret?until Kimmy, as usual, spills the beans. Then he and his older sister's boyfriend find seemingly autistic Micky, who is likewise hidden. But as someone named "Mister" stalks the two Flannagan children, it falls to Kim to protect them. The mounting tension will keep readers glued to their seats. Teens used to the horrifying climaxes of adult suspense films or fiction may feel let down by the relatively innocuous resolution, but younger readers will probably be relieved. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9?An exciting, well-crafted mystery intertwined with an intriguing view of family relationships. Kim Marriott, 11, narrates the tale that fascinates his small Australia town: the murder of an impoverished gold digger and the disappearance of his son and daughter. Rumored sightings of these "wild children" quickly follow. When first Leena, then Micky is captured and temporarily housed with Kim's family, he befriends them and?in a hair-raising scene?protects them from the dreaded "Mister" who attacked their father. Smoothly woven into the suspense is a thought-provoking look at family loyalties and interactions. Leena and Micky both parallel and contrast with Kim and his vibrant, rebellious older sister Julia; the neglect experienced by the "wild children" is in sharp opposition to the Marriotts' strict, overprotective upbringing. Angel's Gate is a rich novel that will appeal to a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Characterization, setting, and plot development are outstanding. This is by far Crew's best book to date, and is a superb representation of contemporary Australian writing.?Ann W. Moore, Guilderland Public Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Whether you enjoy this novel really all depends on your taste of books. If you're the one for sci-fi or adventure, this book is a little slow moving. However, if you like crime mysteries, this one is for you. Set in the small country town of Jericho, the Marriot family's life in fairly uneventful. That is, until a gold-miner who was recently seen around the area dies by mysterious means. The concern of the town is that, there are claims that he had two children around with him at the time. Their whereabouts is unknown. The story's ability to mix trivial events along with the highlights is extremely clever.
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A Kid's Review on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is about a brother named Kim and the sister named Julia.There was a guy named Flanagan who was hurt bad with a bloody arm in his truck.Kims mom and dad are docter that work at there house wrapped his arm up and Flanagan gave the docters two dead parrots because he didn't have money with him.Kim and Julia had to burried the two parrots out in the yard.A couple months later Ben and the sarge who came to Kims house they said Flanagan is dead and the cops took Kims dad down to the crime scene and take a look at the injuries.The dad didn't get home until three o'clock in the morning.A couple days later there mom and dad thinks Kim and Julia going to school but there actully going to the conference about the death of Flanagan but they can't get in without julia boyfriend, bobby.They got in but all they were talking about was where he died when he died and clues who might of did it.The enxt day later julia was trying pick a dress to go to the dance the next day.They were at the dance while julia was in her regular normal clothes trying to stand out and other people are wearing dresses and fancy suits.She got into a fight with bobby and left.That night they're neightbors saw something and was terrify.It was a girl with a dress all beaten up.So kims mom and dad kept her so the welfare people won't.She could barly talk and she doesn't know anything.She talks to Kim and after a while Kim teaches her to do her A,B,C's.The next day Bobby won'ts to if Kim would go camping on New Years Eve.He said yes but they were actully looking the boy who was with the girl that night who the mom and dad kept at there house.When they went campinp in the middle of the night they saw fire so then when they got to the fire they saw the wild boy and at the time Kim was feeling really sick.Read more ›
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By A Customer on April 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lost Found and Murdered
Who killed Flannagan and where are his two kids? Flannagan, a guy that not many people know is murdered one night but when the scene of the crime (his campsite) is searched there are no signs of his kids. After many complaints from farmers, of eggs and milk being stolen, the girl is found and captured but her brother gets away. After a long time of searching her brother is found, but they would not tell who the murder was. However, after an argument between three adults he cannot hold it in any longer and tells them who killed his father, who could it be? I enjoyed reading this book, I don�t think there was one minute that I was bored, it kept you guessing and wondering what could be next. Then the murder is thrown in and all thoughts of who the murder is are crushed. You will not be able to put the book. It is truly the most interesting book I have read all year.
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