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Out of the Woods Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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Grade 5–8—The magical pipe that caused so many problems in Into the Woods (Random, 2006) finds its way back to Storm Eden from the bottom of the sea where she tossed it, hoping never to see it again. The evil witch Belladonna wants the pipe, but her time is short if she can't convince Storm's beautiful older sister Aurora to promise her heart to her. Using a magic mirror (one of many nods to Snow White) to improve her looks, Belladonna fools Storm, Aurora, and baby Any into believing that their father is dead and that they are now in her care. Snappy dialogue and familiar fairy-tale references, some of which cleverly poke fun at well-known characters, create the feeling of a fairy-tale community to which the sisters now belong. The girls are sometimes misguided but always believable as they venture into the Underworld, the only way to rid themselves of the pipe and save Aurora's life. Readers of the first book will happily revisit Eden's End. However, those who haven't read it may struggle since no backstory is provided and minor characters with little to no introduction greatly influence the plot. Themes of loyalty and family are creatively and unexpectedly woven into the story line and playfully point out that sisterhood can be both a blessing and a curse. Grey's black-and-white illustrations manage to be gorgeous and hilarious at the same time, and, thankfully, sneak in on almost every page.—Mandy Lawrence, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX
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Temporarily abandoned by their adventurous father, the Eden sisters encounter a villainous witch, Belladonna, who pretends she has become their stepmother in order to obtain (and consume) Aurora’s heart. Luckily the plan goes awry, unleashing a chain of adventures that humorously reinterpret fairy-tale characters and plots. In this sequel to Into the Woods (2007), the girls’ personalities shine through: Aurora outwits a wolf with her tasty cooking; the loquacious Anyis transformed into a croaking frog; and Storm bravely journeys to the Underworld, meeting her mother and returning a magic pipe. Satisfying fare for fairy-tale or adventure fans. Grades 3-6. --Kay Weisman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; Reprint edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a wonderful mix of old fairy tales with new suprises ad happy endings thrown in. I loved this book very much, it is both a good story and well-written. This is a book I would recomend to everyone and anyone.
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When readers were brought Into the Woods by this fantastic author and illustrator, they were first introduced to the three Eden sisters; a psychotic doctor; a pack of wolves; and, a magical pipe. As readers are brought Out of the Woods by the same magical literary pair, they will witness a strange carnival that plays home to a witch who will stop at nothing to find the artifact that will make her the most powerful person in the world; not to mention a heart that will give her the enchanting beauty she knows she deserves.

We begin with Kit. Kit is an orphan who is working on a fishing boat. He left his home and has been apprenticing for the Captain, trying with all his might to find his fortune so that he may go back home and marry the most beautiful girl in the world - Aurora Eden. As they are about to dock, the Captain gets a strange feeling inside him, letting him know that he must cast his net one last time in order to catch a huge fish to give to the young man as thanks for a job well done. What the Captain doesn't know, is that on the bottom of the ocean his prize has just swallowed the magic pipe - a pipe that is literally calling out to every living creature to retrieve it from the water and deliver it back to its' rightful owner - Storm Eden.

Storm, Aurora, and their youngest sister, Any, live in the small village with hardly a dime to their name. Aurora's beautiful face is constantly covered with worry lines as she stares at the pile of bills the family simply can not pay. Their father - the great explorer Captain Reggie Eden - is no help to his daughters. He lost the love of his life - their mother - and hasn't been able to recover.
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Let's see... If you take a generous heaping of the Brothers Grimm, add a dash of Lemony Snickett, toss in a heaping spoonful of Greek Mythology, what do you get? A great mash up of a story that will have you both giggling and shivering with dread - sometimes all at the same time. Not to say Ms. Garner does not add her own unique touch to this story; her incessant pacing makes it fly and her characters are a true delight. I enjoy fairy tales and folk tales and relish the results when those classic story elements get placed in the hands of a talented writer. That's what's happened here - the seven dwarfs, enchanted frogs that must get kissed by a prince, poisonous red apples, and in a nod to Oscar Wilde even a "Dorian Mirror" all make an appearance here.

Oh, and did I mention the wicked witch and her enchanted carnival? Deliciously creepy does not even begin to cover it. Maybe it's just me, but that witch and her carnival really creeped me out and let's just say I'm well past being a kid. This is a really fun read full of lots of action. There are some parts of it that to me seemed genuinely scary so I would probably stick with kids at least 10 and up unless you have a really precocious reader who's not afraid of trips to the netherworld and enchanted carnies.

Finally, just a quick nod to the illustrations that really add to the story. Mini Grey does a perfect job of sometimes adding just the right note of whimsy and other times adding to the terror. That picture of the guy hanging with the bolt through his head. eeshhh. A big recommend for fantasy and fairy tale fans. I will add my voice to what the other reviewer said and express my hope that we see lot's more books from these two!
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