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Farthest-away Mountain (Knight Books) Paperback – July 1, 1978

4.8 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Grade 5-8-- Dakin, 15, is pretty, talented, and has a mind of her own. At age ten, she had set herself three goals: to go to the farthest-away mountain, to see a gargoyle, and to marry a prince. When she hears a voice from the mountain calling her, she responds at once. She is to free the mountain from the evil that has controlled it for 200 years , find the missing Ring of Kings before the evil Master does, and return it to the Prince. Dakin charges ahead and does what must be done, mostly using her own courage but with some help from enchanted beings. In completing her quest, she also accomplishes her own goals, including getting her prince, although not a royal one. This book is less engrossing than Banks's very successful Indian in the Cupboard (Avon, 1982). Dakin is too good, and the outcome too predictable (her prince is an enchanted frog at the story's beginning). The ending rambles on too long after the destruction of the evil, and the message--that evil can take over if good people are afraid to stand up to it--is stated too often and obviously. Also, the text is condescendingly riddled with italicized words that detract from the flow of the story. (And laughter does not "peel . ") For fantasy that holds the attention, it is hard to beat Lloyd Alexander's The High King (Holt, 1968) and Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising (McElderry, 1973). --Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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“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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Product Details

  • Series: Knight Books
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (July 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340230835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340230831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,709,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at our elementary school book fair, at random ... I'm so glad I did! I had to write this review because of the Horn Book review, which is right up at the top of the page, and so out of touch with what works for kids. "Slight?" The illustrations "contrived?" Couldn't be more wrong. I was in the fourth or fifth grade, maybe, when I read this book, and I'm twenty now, and looking back, this book just utterly captured me. Completely consumed me, in that amazing way that books can when you're that age. I was in the story, and magic was real, and I hurt for the gargoyles, and I cheered for Dakin ... I don't know, I think you have to be a childhood book-devourer to understand what that perfect book can be to a kid. Books like that are why I want to be a writer, so that people can get lost in my worlds like I got lost in that one. And the illustrations were part of the magic. In this case, "melodramatic" worked. Kids (well, kids like me, at least) like fantasy. Honestly, I suppose if I'd read this book for the first time as a twenty year old, I might have been passive about it ... but I remember what it was to be a kid, and so open to magic and wonder and so able to lose myself in other worlds and other circumstances. I'm so glad to have picked it up and experienced it ... give yourself the opportunity, whether you're a kid or an adult (in which case, maybe you'll get to feel like a kid for a little while).
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I discovered this book when I was in the Fourth grade and have read it about 5-6 times a year since then! Now that I am in my early 20's Dakin and her hopeful attitude and her high spirits always bring me comfort and courage through tough times in my life. I have shared this book with children I have met and every one of them discovered the same magic and mystery I did when I was a little girl! Lynne Reid Banks is an amazing author who puts all the hopes and fears any 15 year old girl experiences into the heart and mind of Dakin, a heroine we all truly fall in love with! This is my favorite book of all time and I will cherish it always!
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Format: Hardcover
I remember my mother reading this book to my twin sister and me. It was a hard back copy that she had gotten from the Library. My sister and I would come down out of our bunk beds and sit on the floor with my mother as we were enthralled to listen to her read this story. I loved the colored snow and the gargoyals. When I was married and had my first child I desired to read this book to my son and I did but it was mostly for me since he was only a few months old at the time. I will read it to him again. But I love this book. This story is a great treasure to me that I will always remember.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was my youngest child's favourite for me to read to her when she was young. Now those days are gone and she's about to graduate high school and embark on the next adventure--college! I purchased this hardcover as a surprise for her. All the feels. Sigh.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I remember this book from when I was very small. We passed it around in my family. I never finished it and I don't know why. Buying it now is like regaining a bit of my childhood, and it's just like I remember it.
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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I first read this book almost 13 years back, actually I used to rent it on audio tape from the local library when I was little. I LOVED this book. Now I'm 22, for the longest time I was trying to remember the name of this book and after a few tries I was able to remember enough of the book to properly google it. I'm so SO glad I managed to find it. This is a book I want my future children reading, it's a story that sticks with you for a long long time and one I've never been able to forget and I've read A LOT of books.

It's impossible not to fall in love with the characters. The plot is unique and definitely not your standard fairy tale. Dakin is a brave girl, who is an excellent role model for girls everywhere. She takes charge of her life, she doesn't marry the prince just because he's a prince, he doesn't interest her and they're incompatible. Yet throughout all of her bravery and challenges she still manages to find a man that SHE rescued and has a happy ending. Lynne Reid Banks (also wrote "The Indian in the Cupboard") has done it yet again with this novel, she brings characters to life and breathes fresh air into what could easily have been "just another fairy tale."
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By Olivia on June 28, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
My fourth grade teacher read this book to our class and I never forgot about it, however I couldn't remember the name! Finally, I came across this book and from reading the information, I knew it was the book. I ordered it used for a really good price and it arrived quickly and in great condition. Upon reading a little, I found out that it is inded the book I was thinking of and it's a wonderful, creative story! I'd highly recommend this book to young readers, perhaps aged 9 and up, but really anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale will enjoy this book.
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Format: Paperback
This is a classic fairy tale about an adventuresome little girl who is drawn to a mountain that is considered evil by the people of her village. During her journey she encounters an ogre, gargoyles, a magic pool, a frog, an evil witch, and more! The suspenseful tale captures the imagination and leaves children on the edge of their seat.
I read it every year to my second grade class. The kids LOVE this book and have (through various years) been motivated to act the story out, write their own fairy tales, discuss the elements of fairy tales, and more!
This book is not widely known. Maybe that is a good thing because then someone would want to make it into a movie, thus diminishing the use of imagination and sense of enjoyment that kids gain from hearing this story. BUT, I believe every child would benefit from hearing such a fantastic tale, and for that I am sad it is not better known and more highly regarded.
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