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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233565
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* An unexplored attic is as mysterious and intriguing as an unknown land, one where hidden dangers and potential treasures might be found amid layers of junk and dust, if you only look. Kilworth more than delivers on this premise in his innovative fantasy adventure about Attica, a treacherous but wondrous environment fit for intrepid explorers and treasure hunters alike. Step-siblings Jordy, Chloe, and Alex stumble upon Attica in their search for their landlord’s pocket watch—one moment they are in the attic of their new home, the next, a vast landscape: forests of coat racks, hills of typewriters, plains of bare boards, waterholes of water tanks, villages of wardrobes, brambles of twisted wire coat hangers. As they search for both the pocket watch and the way home, they run into creatures hostile as well as helpful, all of which fit within the environment, such as angry mannequins who dress up their human prey in humiliating garments and mock them before killing them. Kilworth doesn’t skimp on his characterization or story, either. The children have distinct personalities and react to Attica in realistic ways, finding their own strengths in this exhilarating, unpredictable environment. This book is a rare find. Grades 4-8. --Krista Hutley


"Innovative fantasy adventure . . . a rare find."  —Booklist, starred review

"An excellent book, good and original and, in all the best ways, strange."  —Neil Gaiman

"Belongs in the mainstream of children's literature and has the ingredients to make it an adventure in the attic classic."  —Children's Bookseller Supplement

"This book is reminiscent of Narnia with its alternative, magical world. A fantastic read that will have imaginations working overtime."  —The Bookseller

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna on July 19, 2013
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Attica was brilliantly narrated by Simon Vance. This was the first title that I have listened to by this narrator which is surprising since he has narrated over 700 popular novels such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. After listening to his outstanding narration of Attica, I will be searching out more titles read by Vance. I would say that Vance's performance of this audio was contributed significantly to my enjoyment and brought life to even the dullest moments of the story.

Attica introduces the reader to 3 siblings who find themselves on a quest to find a missing object in what they believe is an average old attic but find themselves exploring an ever expanding world of bizarre creatures & dangerous adventure. I found the story to be reminiscent of the dark & whimsical style of Neil Gaiman but lacking his crucial ability to build a connection between reader and characters. This also read a lot like Narnia without the intensity and religious overtones.

Middle grade readers will likely enjoy the strange creatures introduced,the sense of adventure, and the relationship between the kids. Older readers should enjoy reminiscing about the excitement of exploring an old attic and imagining all the hazards that may be lurking there and the treasure that may be waiting to be found.

Ultimately, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend for fans of whimsical middle grade fantasy. I would urge anyone considering reading Attica to listen to the audio. The fabulous narration by Vance adds personality and atmosphere to this story that distracts from any flaws in the plot or writing.

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