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The Door in the Forest Paperback – March 13, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"[A] moving fantasy . . . Townley provides revelations that are both comic and awesome. Reminiscent of the work of Diana Wynne Jones, this lovely tale should impress young readers."
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About the Author

RODERICK TOWNLEY has taught in Chile on a Fulbright Fellowship, worked in New York as a journalist, and now devotes his time to writing. His highly acclaimed novels include The Blue Shoe, The Red Thread, Sky, and the three books of the Sylvie Cycle: The Great Good Thing, Into the Labyrinth, and The Constellation of Sylvie. You can read more about his work at RoderickTownley.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bluefire; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375847421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Townley starts off with an intriguing sentence: "Some people claim it was enchanted, others swore it was cursed; but, really, it hardly mattered what you thought because you couldn't get to it." And he proceeds to take you on an engaging journey from `There' to `Here' and `Now'. He weaves his tale of rural eccentrics with believable dialogue and effective descriptions so that you always know where you are and how you got there. His writing style allows the story to flow without awkward stops and starts and carries you along, second guessing the next adventure.

This is an ideal story for young adults as it centers on the experiences of 14 year old Daniel, who could not tell a lie, a dreamer that yearned to explore the "forbidden place where no one had ever been", and his scholarly 10 year old brother Wes, and, most necessary, his new enigmatic friend, Emily, that had come to stay with her grandma Bridey Byrdsong, who could read the future in the bubbles of her bath. This trio slowly builds a relationship of trust and confidence that enables them to step through the door in the forest and eventually unravel the secrets that swirl around them, saving the town and themselves from ruin.

This is an ideal story for adult readers because it is realistic, even in its fantasies, and enjoyable in its creative and forthright writing style. While maintaining a lyrical descriptive approach to the surroundings, his prose is economical but well thought out and reads very well indeed.

I would definitely recommend this book to, well, anyone who enjoys a bit of fantasy and mystery, a bit of adventure, the triumph of good over evil, and a look into the secret places.
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The Door in the Forest, by Roderick Townley, is a young adult fantasy that takes place somewhere in Europe shortly after the first world war. Daniel is a tall, lanky boy in his early teens who physically cannot tell a lie. He lives with his younger brother and his parents in a very small, rural town. But strangers from town are coming through, including a fascinating girl named Emily who barely speaks. She moves in with her grandmother Bridey, a local witch. And then the soldiers come, creating havoc and fermenting unrest.

I've heard a lot about Roderick Townley's book The Great Good Thing, about a character in a fairy tale who decides to take her story into her own hands. I've been wanting to read the author for a long time because he is well-regarded for his young adult fantasy. But this book wasn't quite what I expected.

First of all, it was very dark. The kids don't have much fun at all, and no one has much of a sense of humor. This is often the case in fantasy novels, but with a whimsical title like The Door in the Forest and a character who reads the future in her soap bubbles, one would expect just a little bit of humor.

I also didn't fall in love with any of the characters. Daniel was kind and good and honest, and I liked him, but he was so serious that it was hard to imagine him being just fourteen. The same went for Emily. The two just seemed so weighed down with their cares and worries that it was easy to respect them, but I couldn't warm to them. Emily and Daniel just seemed so much older than they were that when they actually did act like kids, it was jolting and hard to believe.

With characters so weighed down, it's probably no surprise that this book tackles some pretty heavy themes.
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Daniel has an unusual problem, he cannot lie. He definitely tries but gets ill before he can. This causes him all sorts of trials and embarrassments. Daniel lives in Everwood a small rural village who's remoteness has spared the village from the terrors of the 'Uncertainties' which sound like the anarchies some countries faced after WWI. Everwood itself is touched by enchantment. There is an island which is separated from the village by a river full of poisonous snakes. Any boat that attempts to cross to the island begins to fall apart and the unlucky soul finds themselves sucked down into quicksand or set upon by snakes.

Daniel is mysteriously drawn to the island and dreams of oneday passing over to see what there could be waiting for him there.

Suddenly the Uncertainties come to Everwood. Refugees from the Cities begin to pass thru. A man come thru to deliever a girl Emily to her Grandmother. Daniel and his brother Wes are amazed to find this is the weird Bridley Birdsong. The Birdsong family being known for the strange happenings at their home over the years.

Soon government troops arrive looking for Emily. The Captian finding that Daniel cannot lie tries to use him to find suspected treason in Everwood and who is hiding Emily. With Birdie's help, Emily, Daniel, and Wes try to find the path to the Door in the Forest that leads to the enchanted island where the means for saving Everwood may lie.

I found this to be a nice story for all ages. The snakes are a little scary and so is the Captain who is probably the biggest snake of all. It is a fun story full of fantasy and adventure.
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