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Island Realm (Crystal Doors, No.1) Paperback – May 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031611295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316112956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Gwen and Vic are cousins who were born within five hours of one another. Their mothers were sisters who mysteriously showed up out of nowhere in the Yucatan jungle, where their husbands-to-be, two brothers, were working at an archaeological dig. Now Gwens parents have been killed under strange circumstances and Vics mom has disappeared. The boys father is obsessed with finding his wife and figuring out what happened to his brother and sister-in-law. After he tells the kids that they are going away, they find him in a room surrounded by strange crystals, and suddenly Gwen and Vic are transported to another world. Elantya is a way station and an educational center that travelers from different worlds can visit through crystal doors. No one is quite sure how the cousins arrived there, but everyone is anxious to help them return home, until the teens and the rest of Elantya are forced into a war with the monster merlons. Crystal Doors is a fun fantasy adventure. It starts off a little slowly, but once the adventure in Elantya begins, the pace picks up considerably. Some of the foreshadowing is a little heavy-handed, but the protagonists are realistically drawn and the adventures exciting. The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel or two.–Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Gr. 6-9. Fourteen-year-old Gwen and Vic are "twin" cousins. They were born on the same day, their fathers are identical twins, and their mothers are sisters. Gwen has been living with Vic and Uncle Cap since her parents died and her aunt went missing. When the cousins walk into an experiment that Uncle Cap is performing with an elaborate crystal setup, they are swept into a parallel world. The portal, which leads to the island world of Elantya, a hub between many worlds, has been sealed for many ages to prevent an evil sorcerer from conquering all. Elantya hosts a school of powerful sages and gifted apprentices who use written magic to fight merlons, water-dwelling enemies who are disrupting the travel between worlds and aggressively attacking the Elantyans and their visitors. Joined by Sharif, who flies on a magic carpet, and a telepath named Lyssandra, Vic and Gwen must face dangers such as flying piranhas and armored sea serpents in order to set things right. This is a fast-paced beginning for the Crystal Door trilogy. Diana Herald
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It's fast paced and fun!
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Now it's just Cap and the cousins, and the three attempt to make the best life together that they can.
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I really enjoyed this book and can't wait until the next two books of the trilogy come out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I think this a great book!it had all the stuff i want in a book Magic,Imagination(on the part of the Authors),Some Fight scenes, And of course Suspense!I would certanly recommend this book.i think it probably for kids/teens around 10-13.the only problem i have with this book is the fact it's so short.Other than that i say bring it on!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fourteen-year old cousins Gwen and Vic Pierce are almost nothing alike. Where Gwen is serious, scientific, and analytical, Vic is fun-loving, spontaneous, and outgoing. Older by a mere five hours, Gwen likes to think of herself as the one in charge. Vic likes to use his love of fun to rile his cousin up. Since they both live with Carlton Arthur "Cap" Pierce, Vic's father and Gwen's uncle, things often times get interesting. Gwen's father, Reginald "Rip" Pierce, was Uncle Cap's twin brother. And her mother, Fyera, was the sister of Vic's mom, Kyara. The two brothers met the two sisters on a dig in the Yucatan Peninsula and were instantly smitten. They soon married, and Gwen and Vic arrived on the same day, only hours apart.

Now Gwen's parents are gone, victims of a mysterious car accident. Even Vic's mother, Kyara, is no longer in the picture, having vanished into thin air two years ago only one week after the death of Gwen's parents. Now it's just Cap and the cousins, and the three attempt to make the best life together that they can. Gwen and Vic are raised almost like brother and sister, with Cap as their father. Although Gwen sometimes feels guilty for this new "family," her dreams of one day being a marine biologist keep her reaching towards her goal.

After a nearly disastrous trip to Ocean Kingdoms, the kids are surprised by Cap's strange behavior. He informs them that their family will be leaving the very next day, to avoid danger. Having no idea what he's talking about, Gwen and Vic spend a night of fitful sleep wondering what's gotten into their uncle and father. They awake the next morning to a solarium full of mirrors, crystals, and prisms, and suddenly their world gets a whole lot stranger.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By terryannlibrarian on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
i read this as an advanced review and i have to say i'm super glad they changed the cover! cousins Vic and Gwen are a little naive and not that believable as teens (especially city kids). i also felt that the mystery element with the parents was a little forced. however, this book has other very excellent qualities like the magical world of Elyanta and all of the strange and amazing creatures Vic and Gwen meet. it is fast paced and very interesting, the world and just come to life in a way that will grab teen readers and hook them (unlike that aweful first cover).
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By Tejana on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Though promoted as a Middle Grade Book (usually age 8+) this is for sure directed towards the oldest of the range (10-12). The world building in this is wonderful - the authors brilliantly described this *almost* earth like world with details that are full, but not boring. The new twist on old creatures, namely mermaids, is well done. None of them are copies of Disney's Ariel, these are mean, kickbutt, stab-you-for-fun type creatures. Some of the underlying themes will go unnoticed by younger children. But at 292 medium print pages, its an interesting read.
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