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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Land of Elyon (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439700949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439700948
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Mystery and adventure entwine in this second book in the series. Alexa and her odd companions (two men, one of whom is two feet tall; a squirrel; a wolf; a hawk; and a giant) share suspenseful and horrific experiences, such as escaping the Black Swarm (hundreds of deadly bats) and running from zombielike ogres on flame-covered hills with only jagged rocks and the Lonely Sea below. Dangerous scenes such as these lend excitement and fear as the group attempts to defeat Abaddon, an evil ogre who asserts his murderous will through lesser ogres and bats while chained in a great pit at the edge of the Tenth City. Carman provides enough background information for those who have not read the first installment. The text is poetic, full of childlike wonder, and well written, but the occasional lapse in action may make this novel unsuitable for some reluctant readers. These adventures seem daunting at times to mischievous Alexa, but fantasy fans will eagerly join in her quest.–Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
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Kirkus 9/1/05
Alexa Daley and her father return to the walled city of Bridewell, where Mr. Daley has more strictures for Alexa's behavior than ever. Nevertheless, Alexa leaves Bridewell through its underground tunnels led by Yipes, her tiny companion from Dark Hills Divide. Instructions in a letter from Warvold lead them in a quest to free the dead leader's wife from imprisonment in the Dark Tower on the other side of the eponymous valley. Gutsy Alexa centers this story, always ready to foster cooperation and accept help from well-intentioned friends, be they human or animal. Animal characters take an active and effective role in the adventure. The plot takes off a lot faster than in the first installment, because Carman integrates the backstory as needed in the text, rather than allowing it to slow down the pace. Although the resolution of this tale satisfies, it ends on a cliffhanger, leaving readers to wait in suspense for the story's finale. Still, a trip with Alexa Daley through the Valley of Thorns is well worth the effort. (Fiction. 10-12)
SLJ 10/1/05
CARMAN, Patrick. Beyond the Valley of Thorns. 221p. (The Land of Elyon Series). map. Scholastic/Orchard. 2005. Tr $11.99. ISBN 0-439-70094-9. LC number unavailable.
Gr 4-6–Mystery and adventure entwine in this second book in the series. Alexa and her odd companions (two men, one of whom is two feet tall; a squirrel; a wolf; a hawk; and a giant) share suspenseful and horrific experiences, such as escaping the Black Swarm (hundreds of deadly bats) and running from zombielike ogres on flame-covered hills with only jagged rocks and the Lonely Sea below. Dangerous scenes such as these lend excitement and fear as the group attempts to defeat Abaddon, an evil ogre who asserts his murderous will through lesser ogres and bats while chained in a great pit at the edge of the Tenth City. Carman provides enough background information for those who have not read the first installment. The text is poetic, full of childlike wonder, and well written, but the occasional lapse in action may make this novel unsuitable for some reluctant readers. These adventures seem daunting at times to mischievous Alexa, but fantasy fans will eagerly join in her quest.–Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
Voice of Youth Advocates
(December 1, 2005; 0-439-70094-9; 978-0-439-70094-8)

In the second volume of The Land of Elyon series, thirteen-year-old Alexa Daley returns to Bridewell, scene of her previous adventure. With the walls around the road down, the forest seems at once more free and less protected, and even though Ganesh, her former nemesis, is gone, Alexa has the haunting feeling that all is not well. It really comes as no surprise when she hears knocking from behind the secret door in the library and finds herself again on the road with Yipes, the dwarf, his friend John Christopher, a wolf named Odessa, Murphy the squirrel, and Squire the hawk. What does surprise her is the nature of her quest: She must take the last Jocasta, a magical stone, and free the land of Castalia from evil Victor Grindall and his ogres. In the process, she loses friends, makes new ones, is reunited with loved ones she thought dead, and discovers that her tasks have just begun. Compared to The Dark Hills Divide (Orchard, 2005/VOYA April 2005), this volume seems a bit static. Even though the action is unrelenting, less time is taken with characterization. Few fantasy books would benefit from greater length, but this one could use a slightly more leisurely pace and a little more depth. Regardless it is still creditable fantasy for the elementary and middle school crowd, and readers of the first volume will snap it up and eagerly await the promised third volume.-Ann Welton.

Customer Reviews

I think this book is a great source of reading for any one that likes suspenseful fantasy.
ashertopia
Author Patrick Carman narrates an imaginative tale filled with exciting adventures, bizarre creatures, hilarious dialogue, and colorful descriptions.
KidsReads
This is book two in the Land of Elyon trilogy and the third book by Carman I have read set in Elyon.
Steven R. McEvoy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Beyond the Valley of Thorns

Patrick Carmen

Orchard Books

"It was nighttime in the Dark Hills and we were without food, water, and shelter."

Alexa Daley is back for a summer in Bridewell, and after the events of the previous summer, she is under strict limits. No venturing outside the walls that enclose the town. But when she receives a letter, written by a deceased friend, she goes far beyond the limits, far beyond the walls. Alexa goes on a dangerous mission to Castalia, a mission to save the people, especially those imprisoned in the Dark Tower, forever. Learn about Alexa's journey in Patrick Carmen's Beyond the Valley of Thorns.

Alexa Daley is a thirteen year old who sometimes lets her curiosity get the better of her. She is kind to her friends and wants revenge on her enemies. She uses her cleverness to her advantage. One of her only human friends is John-Christopher, who has been misunderstood his whole life. He, like Alexa, has the ability to communicate with animals, which changes his life. Many animals accompany Alexa on her journey. Odessa, a harmless wolf, is among these. She is large and although she is a female, she is powerful. It isn't smart to underestimate her. Murphy is a hyper, energetic squirrel. He is a good source when information is needed and can go unseen. He makes a good spy. Yipes is a small, two-foot man who lived in the wild for years. He loves animals, but can no longer speak to them. He is a good friend to Alexa. Murphy is my favorite character because he is the most like me. He is very hyper and is friendly. Many of the characters would not really exist, but they are well described and they seemed as if they could really exist while I was reading.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Welcome back to the Land of Elyon! A year has passed, and 13-year-old Alexa Daley is once again traveling with her father to one of the town meetings. But this journey is so very different from that of a year ago, for the towering walls that protected them for so long have been removed. Now Alexa can see for miles in all directions, but the dangers lurking on the edge of the forest can see her as well.

It doesn't take Alexa long to reunite with her dear friend, Yipes. He sneaks into the library through the secret passageways, bringing with him a year-old letter of instructions and a map from their dead friend, Worvold. Alexa and Yipes follow the map to a hidden cave where some questions are answered and even more questions are raised. As they learn about the impossible task they must accomplish, Alexa is presented with the last Jocasta, a glowing stone that grants her the ability to speak with the animals. This is the very stone that their enemy hopes to claim as his own.

Alexa fears she will be helpless against the evil dangers that threaten their lives, but she soon finds strength and courage in both old and new friends who join her for the mission. This mish-mashed group of heroes --- including an ex-convict, a majestic wolf, a beautiful hawk, a tiny man, a young girl, a spastic squirrel, and a gentle giant --- set out on a dangerous quest to save their beloved world.

Author Patrick Carman narrates an imaginative tale filled with exciting adventures, bizarre creatures, hilarious dialogue, and colorful descriptions. This second book in the trilogy will pull fans back into Carman's world of Elyon with a page-turner of a journey that just won't quit. Fans will impatiently anticipate the third installment, THE TENTH CITY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on June 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is book two in the Land of Elyon trilogy and the third book by Carman I have read set in Elyon. Carman creates an amazing, believable, alternate world. As I read more and more of Carman's writing the more I enjoy and appreciate his skills. Elyon is the Semetic for God or Most High. It has been used in fiction by Ted Dekker as a name for God allegorically, and for Carman it is the name of the world or land. As I progress through his books, the more similar I see that his writings are to Lewis's Narnia. As such, these are great stories for the whole family.

This book takes place a year after The Dark Hills Divide. A year ago beloved leader Thomas Warvold passed away, the plan to capture Bridewell have been foiled and the walls connecting the towns of Bridewell, Ainsworth, Lathbury and Turlock have come down. Now a year later it appears Warvold had plans for Alexa Daley, and others. Alexa is delivered a letter and told she has a mission to perform and she cannot tell anyone she is leaving. She must leave another letter prepared for her father and be on her way to yet another adventure.

Alexa joins forces again with Yipes the dwarf, Odessa the wolf, Squire the Hawk and Murphy the squirrel. They have been entrusted into the hands and guidance of John Christopher a former convict, who will guide them through the wild, and along the way they join forces with a Giant named Armon. They are charged with the task of sneaking into a well-guarded land, freeing a captive and overthrowing the Grindall.

However, whenever great tasks are attempted, a price must be paid, and in this adventure the price will be very high. You must join Alexa and the team that has been gathered around her as she travels across the land of Elyon to fulfill the request of her beloved Warvold.
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins Publishers.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some bestselling series work: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Here's a fun note...the books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages. Currently I'm developing a few new-media projects. Check out DARK EDEN to experience this type of cross-platform project.

When I'm not writing or creating a story, I spend my free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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