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Dangerous Spaces Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Sturdy, earth-bound Flora resents her glamorous cousin. Newly orphaned Anthea has come to live with Flora's family in the house that is haunted by the girls' grandfather, Lionel. Unsure of her place in this chaotic adoptive family, Anthea retreats to Viridian, a strange dream landscape that was created and is inhabited by ghostly Lionel's long-dead younger brother. At first Viridian is a haven for Anthea, and seems more real than her waking life. But later, as her involvement with her new family grows, Anthea's nightly journeys become sinister and even life-threatening. It is fierce and noisy Flora who charges into Viridian, rescues her cousin and puts the family's stray ghosts to rest, at last. Readers with the tenacity to get past the initial tedious and disorienting descriptions of Viridian will find plenty of food for thought in the novel's closing scenes. The last third of the book is filled with the sort of writing Mahy's fans have come to expect: breathtaking adventure combined with honest and memorable insights into the workings of a family. Though it never achieves the seamless merging of magic and drama that characterize The Changeover and The Haunting , this novel will linger in the mind of the reader. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8-- Anthea, thrust into the tumultuous bosom of her uncle's family by her parents' untimely deaths, finds herself crowded physically and spiritually by their noisy, messy togetherness (which includes her grandfather's ghost). In her grief and discomfort, Anthea is ripe for the grand spaciousness of Viridian, a land created by a long-dead great-uncle also in need of large personal spaces. His spirit is still there, desperate for companionship to continue his "journey beyond." Anthea, willing at first, finds the seductive spaces of Viridian intruding on her waking life even as she begins to find her own place in her new family. Her cousin Flora, plump and freckled, at first resents slim and elegant Anthea, but as she too discovers Viridian, she also discovers a fondness for her cousin, and worries that she will be lost. Flora, always a life-force, faces her grandfather's ghost at last, forces his spirit to relinquish its grip on the family home and go to the aid of his brother, and she literally rides to Anthea's rescue in an exciting climax. The increasingly sinister spaces of the other world are replaced with expanding, loving family relationships. The contrasts are strong, as are the characterizations. While there are other dreamworlds in other books, Mahy's Viridian is unique in its slow slide from entrancing to spellbinding, its transformation from a place of beauty to one of menace and danger. Created from stereopticon slides and imagination, it has gone beyond the boundaries of the slide holder and the mind, and assumed a chilling reality of its own--no longer controlled, but controlling. Cool, careful crafting. --Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140363629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140363623
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,349,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand and is internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children's writers today. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which have received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of An Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she received the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valentin W. Johansen on November 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The more dreamy meditative pace and increasing mist of dread on this profoundly deep tale will not be suited to many older children / teens in our Ritalin and turbo-tv show generation. However, the characterization, the longing, the depth of the central plot and the lack of any craft seams or author artifice make this novel one that haunts. If you want a novel that takes you on a journey somewhere, this is your ticket. In a certain way, I've never come back.

It would not be possible to write a book on dreams with greater depth and internal consistency. The central item of the story that first gives glimpses into the potential "other" of the story and the world is also haunting.

4.6/5 stars.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book rather boring. I thought the biginning was hard to get into. There were some unnessacary discriptions that just seemed to add on to the pages in the book. I noticed I was daydreaming numerous times, which was a sign I wasn't into it. Near the end of the book it got a little more fascinating. I enjoyed some ending scenes that had a little more action. Overall, it was an O.K. book. I wasn't overally thrilled.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda on May 31, 2004
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The novel about a child living unhappily in a house (that could be haunted) with her relatives, may sound interesting.But it does not hold interest.
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