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Back to the Divide Hardcover – 31 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; 1st Edition edition (31 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904442277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904442271
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Kay has written radio plays, poetry and novels, including the Divide trilogy, a children's fantasy series published by The Chicken House, which has been widely translated. She has written books for reluctant readers, with very different settings and storylines, and her adult novels have been published by Eprint and on Kindle. She has also penned many short stories, which have won prizes including Bridport and the Canongate Award - available in the anthology Writing Wrongs. Her favourite occupation is travelling to far-flung places, and trying not get eaten by the local wildlife.

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Elizabeth Kay is a poet and a teacher of Art and Creative Writing. She lives in Surrey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy Kluver on 28 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Not only is 'Back to the Divide' as good as 'The Divide', in my opinion it is infinitely better. Just as CS Lewis did with 'The Chronicles of Narnia', Kay doesn't limit the magical world. So new lands are explored by Felix and Betony and on the way some wonderful new characters are introduced. My favourites are Turpsik,the one-eye, fish obsessed poet and Fuzzy - but I won't tell you who Fuzzy is as that would spoil a nice surprise!
Once again Kay intermingles current issues with the story, focussing on the environment and the dangers of introducing technology into a culture that doesn't understand it. Add to that a possible new WMD and this story is topically bang up to date.
But the best thing about 'Back to the Divide' is that you get to escape into a fantasy world for a short time. And as a busy mother of two small children that's really important to me! Who cares that it's a children's book? It's a darn good read and surely that's all that matters!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Back To The Divide achieves a brilliant balancing act on all fronts:
Firstly: it provides a fine feeling of continuity for those who have had the pleasure of reading The Divide yet works equally well as a stand-alone story. Favourite characters from The Divide - Felix, Bettony, Ironclaw, Grimspite, Snakeweed - are back for a second outing along with a batch of brand new ones - Turpsik, Nimby, Fuzzy - who are every bit as quirky and engaging as the originals.
Secondly: as in the first book, Ms. Kay's intricate, intelligent, plot moves along at a cracking pace deftly mixing elements of adventure, intrigue and humour against a series of evocatively described backdrops, some familiar from the first book and some, like the beautifully realised eastern desert and Arabian Night style cities, brand new.
Thirdly: once again, whilst being splendidly entertaining, Ms. Kay pulls off the trick of examining important themes, such as the nature of free will, and finds time to be educational. Where else would you get an explanation of both Pythagoras' theorem and the nature of a Mobius strip along with the definition of that much underused word, 'mallemaroking'?
My four goddaughters, who each thoroughly enjoyed The Divide, will shortly be receiving copies of Back To The Divide and I have no doubt that they will love it every bit as much, if not more so.
To put it shortly: Back To The Divide is excellent stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is warm, lively, full of humour, incident and invention. Elizabeth Kay has a wonderful knack of making her characters not only interesting and likeable, but loveable. To mention only a few:- a one-eyed giantess in pink, who makes poems about fish; a sinister 'shadow-beast' who is trying hard to reform and be good without really understanding what 'good' means - oh, and he's writing a cook-book too. A flying carpet with a mind of its own; and a strutting, boastful griffin with a passion for mathematics. It's as good as the first book, 'The Divide'. Highly recommended.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
After spending the previous summer in a magical world where humans are only a legend, Felix settles in back at home for a nice, normal life with his parents. During his trip to the magical world the previous year, Felix's heart condition had been cured with magic, so he is able to finally engage in the kinds of normal activities he has always dreamed of.

But a quiet life is not in the cards for Felix. One day, he is shocked to find his enemy from the magical world, Snakeweed, standing on the front porch. The evil Snakeweed had managed to sneak into the human world. He did not find it to his liking, however, so he sought out Felix to give him the spell to return to his own magical world. As a means to force Felix into giving up the return spell, Snakeweed puts a spell on Felix's parents that turns them into marble statues. Felix soon realizes that he must return to the magical world and enlist his friends' help once again in order to free his parents.

BACK TO THE DIVIDE is a fine sequel for readers who enjoyed THE DIVIDE, the first book in the trilogy. I must admit, though, that I was not as entertained by it as I was by the original. Perhaps that is largely because the novelty of the magical world was wearing off. But what bothered me more was that the book seemed to focus on an awful lot of traveling. It felt like Felix and his companions moved back and forth across the magical world a dozen times during the story. I'm sure they didn't, but it felt that way at times.

Despite these complaints, I was pleased to see that the fun creatures from THE DIVIDE were back in this sequel, including giant, bird-like, math-obsessed brazzles and evil, shape-shifting sinistroms.
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