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Midnight Blue

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9-An enjoyable fantasy that offers food for thought. Bonnie is trapped between the possibility of happiness with her mother and the reality that her controlling grandmother, "Grandbag," will never leave them alone. As Bonnie says, "She sees things, you see, and they have to be hers.- And it's not just things- It's people too. If someone's hers, she'll never let them go-." When Bonnie sees a neighbor blowing up a big, blue hot-air balloon, she tries to sneak aboard and inadvertently takes off alone. When she arrives in the "world beyond the sky," she finds that it looks exactly like her world-same people, same buildings, but with some definite differences- some of them scary. She meets the family she always wanted- her double lives happily with her mother, her father, and a new baby sister. Unfortunately, evil Grandbag's double also arrives in the village and has her sights set on her granddaughter's new family. Bonnie must try to save them, and herself, and in the process finds the courage to return home. The conclusion leaves open the possibility that happy endings do happen, and that just maybe, Bonnie will finally have the peace and happiness she has always longed for. This book is reminiscent of Madeleine L'Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" series, with the characters learning more of themselves in other worlds and translating that knowledge into their everyday lives at home.
Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Gr. 5-7. Bonnie's oppressive grandmother, "Grandbag," torments her and her mother, Maybelle. To escape, Bonnie flees the apartment and discovers a strange, magical enclosure, a launching area for a balloon that takes her into a parallel world. There, a warm, loving farm family adopts Bonnie, who is amazed that she and a girl named Arabella look alike, as do Arabella's mum and Maybelle. Bonnie enjoys their cozy, idyllic life until a "Grandmother Marvel" appears and maliciously threatens the girls. Bonnie longs to stay but realizes she must return to her own world to save Arabella. Upon her return, Bonnie discovers some surprises that connect the two worlds. Do ancient spirits protect the hills? Why do people in one world look just like those in the other? Is the story a dream, or is it real? The deft interplay of fantasy and reality leaves some questions for readers to answer. Linda Perkins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417692014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417692019
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
this is one of the most beautiful books i have ever read. i stumbled opon it in the english youth section of the library in my city. (i'm an american living in the netherlands) and when i read it i was completely overwhelmed. it is a very dreamy and unique book- i have never read anything like it. i couldn't put it down- and all day while i was supposed to be busy, all i could think about was getting home so i could read it. i would highly reccomend it to anyone who loves dreamy stories and i'd read it again a thousand times if i had the chance. :)
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I loved this haunting fable of childhood wishes and parallel lives for its dreamlike power, its Shropshire setting and its quietly poetic style. A short balloon ride away, beyond the sky, appears to lie the perfect life of which young Bonnie has dreamed. She even finds a far less troubled version of herself...and freedom from the grandmother whom she regards as a witch. But trouble follows her to her new Eden--and her heart begins to fill with bitterness and hate. She must decide carefully: does Eden really lie on the far side of the sky? Further on the color blue: it's woven masterfully throughout the tale.Despite its occasional darkness, the story is upbeat and blue. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Once i picked this book up i could not stop reading it. I felt like Bonnie the main character in this book. Whatever was happening i felt it to. Bonnie didn't know how good she had it until she left. This mirror life she entered showed her a family very much so like she wanted. She loved staying with them she never wanted to go back to her old life. But Bonnie gets stuck and she has to do something.The reason why she is there is for her to return. She also learned that you can run away from hate and that if everyone tries they can to. i dont want to ruin the story for you. So buy this book and travel into this mysterious world with Bonnie.
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I read that this was popular when the Harry Potter series started so I got it. It was fun to read and reminded me how it felt to read when I was young.(having gotten back into reading just the last few years) I really enjoyed it. Adventure, mystery etc. I'd recommend it to anyone that appreciates childrens stories.
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Format: Kindle Edition
What a pleasure it is to see the best of a former generation of children's novels being re-published electronically. Pauline Fisk's Midnight Blue was overall winner of the Smarties prize in 1990 and its limpidly beautiful language stands the test of time. Midnight Blue was Pauline Fisk's first novel and the winner of the Smarties Prize in 1990. I read it immediately after reading Blood Red Road by Moira Young a debut novel which won this year's Costa Children's award. So many points of comparison - a solitary heroine, a magic necklace, fear and friendship,choices to be made -- and such glaring contrasts in language and setting. The landscape of Blood Red Road is post-climate-change dystopian, the landscape of large sections of Midnight Blue is a grass-covered hill in Shropshire, softly undulating and sprinkled with folk-magic. For adults as well as children.
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Format: Paperback
This is an award winning book, and rightly so because it is an eerily strange but also very powerful piece of writing. It is a book to make you think, but also one that some people will have mixed feelings about. It is not a story anyone would expect exactly, but it is a wonderful story about escape from abusive relationships, conflict resolution, self discovery and of the love of parents and children.

Even if I tried to describe this story I would fail. It is magical, imaginative and so unlike anything else I have written of late that it thoroughly deserves to be better noticed. But the lack of an easy to comprehend plot, and a down to earth conflict will challenge some readers. All I can say is that it really is worth the effort of reading it, so if you are intrigued - buy this book. If you are not intrigued, then at least borrow it from the library and give it a go.
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