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Jonathan Stroud
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4 Jan 2001 Definitions
Everyone says that Max is drowned, but Charlie thinks differently: she was in the mill-pool with him, and knows exactly what she saw. When she begins to see him in her dreams, her hopes are raised. It seems the reunion she craves is possible. But where exactly is Max leading her? And will she be able to return?

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (4 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099402858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099402855
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York University. He has a strong background in children's books. While writing his earlier novels, Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege, he worked as an editor in a London publishing firm, editing a number of game books and non-fiction titles . Now, with the worldwide interest in the best-selling Bartimaeus trilogy, he devotes himself to writing full-time. He also travels extensively, promoting his books. Ptolemy's Gate, the last title in the Bartimaeus trilogy, has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jonathan now lives in St Albans with his wife two children.

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"Compelling reading . . . Sensitively depicted" (Guardian)

"Atmospheric and intriguing . . . The quality of the writing never flags" (Daily Telegraph)

"This novel braids the fantastic and the everyday together into a very skilful and readable story, full of real emotions and fairytale echoes" (Carousel)

"A finely choreographed novel of displacement, death and friendship" (Oxford Times)

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A compelling and atmospheric tale from Jonathan Stroud, author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Sequence.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story of one girl's determination 18 Feb 2001
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I really enjoyed this book. It tells of a girl, Charlie, whose friend is thought to be dead. She believes he has been taken to another world by mythical creatures and she tries to make contact with this world and search for him via her dreams. Her doctors, friends and family think she's mad and still in shock and try to prevent her from remembering the past. The story is set in two worlds and from two different points of view (Charlie's and her brother's). One tells of Charlie's search while the other is about the struggle to return her to her normal lifestyle. This book is gripping and well written. I would recommend it to people aged ten and over who like a chllenging read (I'm twelve). If you like books by Tim Bowler you'll enjoy this too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a leap 30 Mar 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Losing a friend is one of the greatest traumas a person can have, especially if they somehow feel responsible for the death. Fantasy writer Jonathan Stroud tackled that sensitive topic in "The Leap," an early novel that straddled the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Charlie nearly died trying to rescue her drowning pal Max, and now she's suffering from her grief and shock. She remembers strange green women dragging him down, yet no one believes her. But things change suddenly when she begins to have strange dreams, of a surreal land where Max is walking in the distance.

In her dreams, Charlie encounters a strange man who tells her that Max is heading toward the Great Fair -- if he joins an alluring magic dance there, he will be lost forever. But the dreams are having a lasting effect on Charlie -- she's waking up with scratches, and thinks she sees wolves from her dream outside her house. Can she save Max, or will she herself be lost in the world of the dead?

It's a credit to Stroud that while including elements of fantasy, he's able to portray grief and guilt so expertly. In fact, as good as the dream sequences are, the detached, erratic behavior that Charlie has in the real world is much, much more compelling.

Stroud alternates between lush, descriptive writing in the dream realm, and more down-to-earth styles when Charlie is awake. And it's deeply affecting when he describes how the loss of Max has hit Charlie, her family, and his grieving parents. The only flaw is that we only get brief glimpses of Max; we never really get to know him.

But Stroud hits the bulls-eye with Charlie and her family -- she's determined to save Max, and not willing to believe that he's gone. And her family is afraid that she's going insane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but Painful 10 July 2009
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This is a beautiful but painful read, dealing with issues of grief and guilt and friendship in a sensitive book laden with its own special magic. Its a book to leave you thinking at the end too, but a very good read
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