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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Adam Gopnik's The Steps Across the Water is a charming and inventive fairytale about New York City (or U Nork. If you are a New Yorker, or a frequent visitor to the city, you will recognize many of the author's inventions in the novel. If you are not, don't worry--it will give you a marvelous introduction to an epic city. The heroine of the book is smart, brave and ingenious and people may recognize her brother as the protagonist in another novel by Adam Gopnik, The King in the Window (a fairytale about Paris). Whether you are an older child, a teen, young adult, or adult, this book is an excellent read, and is great for reading aloud, as well.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rose couldn't quite believe what she saw in Central Park, New York City. And if she couldn't believe it, chances are no one else would either. She saw a glass staircase coming out of the water with a couple of figures beckoning her to climb the steps across the water. Before she made up her mind, though, her adopted father and brother called her name, and that was that. Even as Rose settled into her usual routine, she didn't forget the strange staircase calling her name.

The usual routine consisted of shopping for her favorite thing --- snow globes --- and attending school. Snow globe shopping always put Rose in a good mood as she hoped to find the ones that looked realistic, as if there was a real city trapped inside. School, on the other hand, was not Rose's favorite, even when they took trips to the Empire State Building. The latest trip there, though, was unlike any other. Her friends started talking funny, as if they were someone else, asking Rose to return to the steps in Central Park and travel to U Nork. She also could have sworn there was a pink limousine driving up the side of the building. Regardless, she promises to return to the steps.

When Rose finally does cross the steps into U Nork, she enters a city unlike any other. The skyscrapers rise higher than any building in New York. Cars are open-sided and travel up the sides of buildings. Old-fashioned balloons fill the skies, and giant pigeons dart around the balloons carrying people and towing packages. What kind of place was U Nork exactly? Rose is in awe of the city, but she's even more in awe of how it came to be. U Nork used to be a planet at the edge of the solar system before the threat of the Ice Queen forced them to hide beneath the city of New York. The Ice Queen still threatens U Nork, but they have finally found someone to save them --- Rose!

Rose is shocked to find out that she's the one who's supposed to save U Nork, but the people have complete faith in her. As she looks for a way to help the people of this mysterious city, she finds herself in unexplainable situations. First there's lunch with old Joe Murphy from her father's office, who introduces her to three old sisters in a bookshop. Then there's her father's boss, Ultima Thule, who rides in a pink limousine and has an increased interest in everything Rose does. Rose isn't sure who to trust, and saving U Nork means confronting her long-lost past and discovering hidden secrets behind every corner.

THE STEPS ACROSS THE WATER follows in the footsteps of many beloved adventures where kids are transported to a different time and place that mirrors society in supernatural ways. Rose is a trusty heroine who, despite her misgivings, never gives up hope of saving those who trust in her. It's not every day that an entire planet's future is placed into the hands of a child who is just looking to fit in with the rest of the world. Any kid who dreams of faraway places and saving the day will enjoy this follow-up to Adam Gopnik's THE KING IN THE WINDOW.

--- Reviewed by Benjamin Boche
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
what kind of a childrens' book has a price tag just short of a hundred bucks? Putting it out of range of all but an infinitesimal fraction of the world's children? what am I missing?
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on September 14, 2014
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Gave this to my granddaughter who was on her way to Paris with her family. She loved it and read it in a day…at 10 years old for goodness sakes!! She is an avid reader and was thrilled to go to France soon after.. i won big points!!!
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on May 5, 2014
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this is a wonderful book for children...i bought if for my 6& 9 year old grandchildren to read. Initially I had trouble finding it for a reasonable price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2014
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The merchant I bought it from said it was in excellent hardly used condition, and it came from a Goodwill so I trusted them. Well, it came as expected, until i started peeling off the numerous sticker and realized that one sticker had been covering the biggest tear in the book jacket's spine area. Granted, it was a penny, but I wish they'd warned me.
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