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The Underneath Paperback – January 5, 2010
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"A mysterious and magical story; poetic yet loaded with suspense." -- Louis Sachar, Newbery Medal-winning author of Holes
"The Underneath is as enchanting as a hummingbird, as magical as the clouds." -- Cynthia Kadohata, Newbery Medal-winning author of Kira-Kira
"Rarely do I come across a book that makes me catch my breath, that reminds me why I wanted to be a writer -- to make of life something beautiful, something enduring. The Underneath is a book of ancient themes -- love and loss and betrayal and redemption -- woven together in language both timeless and spellbinding. A classic." -- Alison McGhee, author of the New York Times bestselling Someday
"Kathi Appelt's novel, The Underneath, reads like a ballad sung." -- Ashley Bryan, Hans Christian Anderson Award Nominee and Three-Time Coretta Scott King Award Medalist
About the Author
Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Maybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows. She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.
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It probably was a blessing that a class-mate offered a spoiler, letting my son know about a death in the story. My child handled things in stride from that point on. I, on the other-hand, was blown away and became obsessed (sort of!) with what happened. I had to skip ahead, while my son was at school, to see how "bad" the reported death was! I could not wait! I had to know and I vowed that if it was too traumatic, I was done with the book! Alone, I bawled and bawled, but was relieved that it was described in a way that I could take in. Still hurt awfully though.
I usually don't like books weaving back and forth with multiple story lines, but I found myself loving how Kathi Appelt did this so beautifully! There was relief and respite with the changes and my interest, as always, reamined hooked.
We are not quite finished the story and I find myself begging my son to read one more, just one more chapter please! He is curious, interested in the book and quite attentive to our talks about the tough stuff. "The Underneath" is on my mind a lot, which is why I find myself writing a lengthy review, even though we are not yet finished! It continues to be a bittersweet journey... more for me than for him. It is a difficult read at times, as it has me bawling, stunned, surprised, shocked, but still unable to put it down!
Every time that we turn the page, I think that I have the ending figured out. Then there is an added dimension and the winding path opens as it curves!
Beautiful writing. Detailed visuals. I find myself curious about the author and what inspired such a tale. The Underneath is truly an emotional and unexpected gift that I hope will leave us with a deeply satisfying ending.