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The Farthest-Away Mountain Mass Market Paperback – January 13, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-7. Lynne Reid Banks' lively, imaginative adventure (Doubleday, 1991) comes alive thanks to her splendid narration. Daikon, the main character, is a heroine of the '90s, even though she lives in a faraway time. At 14 she is independent, compassionate and courageous, and will not be deterred. She has three goals in life?to visit the faraway mountain, to meet a gargoyle, and to marry a prince. She accomplishes the first two and, through the process, matures enough to realize that there are princes in all walks of life, not just in castles. Banks has created a lively cast of :characters, including trolls imprisoned as gargoyles, and an imaginative setting. The twists and turns of the plot keep listeners engaged throughout the story. Banks makes every character come alive, capturing the nuances of their natures, their pettiness, jealousy and fears through the voices she creates as well as the actions she relates. Her narration is fast-paced and convincing. This is a story that the entire family will enjoy.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Washington, DC
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This is an enjoyable fairy tale that will appeal to younger teens. The plot is fast moving and adds a few twists.”—VOYA
“The strength of Banks’ fantasy-writing abilities really comes through. . . . Dakin’s courage and determination strengthen a good fantasy probing the nature of good and evil.”—The Midwest Book Review
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I understand why the writer does what she does but some of it seems unnecessary. Still I recommend this for all young girls. No simpering heroines here.