- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Apple (1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590431307
- ISBN-13: 978-0590431309
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Forgotten Door Paperback – 1986
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Top Customer Reviews
I was astonished to discover that many ethical and moral ideas that I sort of thought were mine - ways of looking at the world and waysof understanding other people - I had actually learned from this children's book. But there it was: written in "The Forgotten Door", by Alexander Key: things I had said myself all my life and statements that I had made all my life. And I had no idea that this simple little book was where I had actually got them from in the first place. I was amazed to realize what a large, large influence this book had actually been.
What a wonderful job Mr. Key has done. If you give this book to your child, it will change them. And it's a great read, too.
My sister recently had her first baby, Allison. I knew I wanted to buy this book for her (even if she is a bit young yet). Now I can read it to my niece and the tradition will continue. I highly recommend "The Forgotten Door" to readers of all ages. It's truely a classic not to be missed!
Alexander Key's book should be considered one of the all-time best fantasy/science fiction novels for kids (it's not really a genre-specific story). Heck, I even recommend it for adults. That old paperback is one book I just can't bring myself to part with.
The plot goes like this...
Little Jon is on his home planet, running around with his friends and watching shooting stars. Suddenly, the once firm ground gives way, and he plummits away from everything he once knew. When he awoke, he remembered very little. He was in a cave, and very frightened. He exited the cave, trying to find a person. He stumbled upon a doe, and reached out to it... with his mind! This was one of the astounding things he can do with his mind. He talked to it gently with his thoughts, then followed it to a field. All of a sudden, a shot rang out, scaring away the doe and frightening Jon. The deer ran off, leaving Little Jon to face his first human alone. A man came across the field. He was mean to Jon,and even though Jon can't yet understand the language, he used his mind powers to sense the anger in the man's thoughts. Again, using the powers that come so naturally to him, Little Jon telepathically lightened his feet and ran away, running as fast as a deer.
Eventually he met the Bean family, with whom he learned English. The Beans lived in a small country town outside of Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1900s. They took him in and sheltered him, but rumors of this so-called "wild boy" spread quickly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... and it is even better than I remembered! I was about 9 or 10 the first time I read The Forgotten Door and it was one of the reasons I started devouring science fiction books... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ~michele
I love reading this book - have read it dozens of times since my first time when I was probably around 10 or 12... the message this story tells never gets old.Published 2 months ago by Debbie L. Thune
I remember reading this as a kid and thought it was pretty good. As an adult, it's still a good book!Published 2 months ago by R Shimoda
I just saw the new movie re-make (Midnight Special) and I thought it would be fun to read this classic again.Published 3 months ago by Morgan Painter
I read this book as a child and found myself just as enthralled and please 40 years later.Published 4 months ago by M. Moran Bishop
This was one of my favorite books as a child. Re-reading it as an adult I am still entranced. If you have youth that enjoy Star Trek and Star Wars they will certainly enjoy this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by library lady
A book that my grandchildren and I thoroughly enjoyed reading together. We also read Return from Witch Mountain - a great book to read aloud. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ophelia
I have read literally thousands of books of Science Fiction, yet THE FORGOTTEN DOOR is the best. It is well written and a realistic premise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roberdeax Wheat