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Escape to Witch Mountain Paperback – November 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671545574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671545574
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,328,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexander Key started his career as an artist, studying at the Chicago Art Institute. He then pursued a successful career as an illustrator of children's books, which soon led him to write his own. Key is the author of many popular science fiction stories for children, including The Forgotten Door, The Golden Enemy, and The Incredible Tide. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Very different from the film, it is nonetheless a darn good read.
Noirdame
The characters are well conceived and their circumstances are revealed slowly and with a satisfying sense of mystery.
Pop Bop
This is one of my all-time favorite books; I have read it many times.
TC Daniels

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Noirdame on April 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a kid, I disliked this book because it bore little resemblance to the Disney movie that was inspired by it. Now, however, I have much deeper appreciation of the story.

In the novel, Tony and Tia Malone are two teenagers, adopted by an elderly woman, and they live in a rough neighborhood. Because of their psychic abilities, they are targets of bullies and gangs. When their adoptive grandmother dies, they are placed in a detention home, Hackett House, run by a cold, granite-like matron, Mrs. Grindley, a former policewoman. They do not fare well at the home because of their 'strangeness' (Tia is unable to speak normally, although she can speak telepathically with Tony), and as this is the time of youth rebellion and the Vietnam war, suspicious behavior. When a mysterious, well-dressed stranger, Lucas Deranian, shows up claiming to be their uncle, the siblings realize that he is after something else. They succeed in escaping from Hackett House and enlist the help of a priest, Father O'Day, to discover their true origins.

Very different from the film, it is nonetheless a darn good read.
It also speaks volumes of what many adolescents face during these crucial years of developement - finding your identity and being accepted for it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sarah voss on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Since most of the reviewers of this book are adults now who read this book as children and are remembering it as a childhood favorite, I would like to say that as a modern 14-year-old, I liked this book too. I agree with the reviewer who gave this book 4 stars because it was "dated" - the remark about communists ("human rights and human suffering mean nothing to a communist") - did make it quite clear what time period the book was written in, and the Christianity parts - Father O'Day "ranting" about his "sworn enemy", the devil - were kind of annoying, but that didn't spoil the book for me - i still loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By michael j devereaux on May 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I hadn't thought of this book for many years. This book (along with another by the same author "The Forgotten Door") set me on a lifetime of reading science fiction and fantasy. I have rarely rediscovered the sheer unadulterated *magic* that I felt while reading this book. Tony and Tia are teens and most teens will relate to them and will get caught up in the mystery and the adventure. I haven't reread it in years and years but I remain certain that for young readers this would be a book they would treasure. Forget about the Disney movie: It was silly popcorn fluff that I am sure crushingly disappointed every fan of the book. This book is about as serious as young adult science fiction gets. (And for those adults who enjoy Harry Potter: take a look at this book too! You won't be disappointed!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koehler on September 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading "Escape To Witch Mountain", "The Forgotten Door", or "The Case of the Vanishing Boy", you may find it hard to believe that Alexander Key, a magical-fantasy author, can pull off a science-fiction novel. But he managed to do it, and he managed to throw in his own little "Alexander Key charm" that made his other books so successful.
The story, of course, was based on the classic Disney film of the same name, so if you are looking for an extention of the first book, you are heading in the wrong direction. The book -is- an extention of the first FILM "Escape To Witch Mountain", as the film was meant to be. But for fans of the movies, this will not be a dissapointment! I, being a fan of both the books AND the films, was not dissapointed at all. But make sure to check out this book from the library before buying it.
-Robert Koehler
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid I loved the movies Escape to Witch Mountain and Return to Witch Mountain. I just came across the book Escape to Witch Mountain at the library and decided to read it. The book was great. I didn't want to put it down. It's hard to find "science fiction" books today that are not scary. My 9 yr old doesn't like books like Harry Potter or Spiderwick because of the scary details in the story. Escape to Witch Mountain was a nice change. As Tony & Tia go on their journey you want to keep reading to find out if they will get away. Pick up a copy today, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is classic Alexander Key, a story of a brother and sister with a mysterious past, psychic powers, and only dreams and fragmented memories to tell them who they really are. Much better than the okay-but-silly Disney film based on it, this ranks up there with "The Forgotten Door" as the best of Alexander Key.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Escape to Witch Mountain was a great book, made into a fun kid's movie. Then a sequel to the movie was made, and as far as I can tell, this book is merely the literal translation of that inferior second movie. It is nothing like Key's other books, and is sure to disappoint any fans of his who hope for a real continuation of the Witch Mountain story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I understand one's reluctance to pick up paperbacks that look like novelizations of so-so Disney movies. (Can you say "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" or "The Shaggy D.A."?) Well, this was written first, it is not Disneyfied, and it is a lot better than you might expect. It is certainly dated, but not to the extent that it is hard to follow or filled with careless inappropriate characterizations. The characters are well conceived and their circumstances are revealed slowly and with a satisfying sense of mystery. The escapes and chases are taut and plausible. As a consequence this book really does work as an adventure/mystery, without any of the magic angles that inform so much current youth fiction. So, this certainly qualifies as an overlooked semi-classic, and as such is well recommended
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