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The Divide (The Divide Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Kay
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Book Description

Felix has a heart condition that threatens his life. His parents take him on holiday to Costa Rica, where they visit the Divide, a place where the waters that run down to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans separate. But at this exact, magical spot Felix passes out, and when he opens his eyes, he discovers he's arrived in a back-to-front world where mythical creatures and magic are real, and humans and science are just rumour and legend. Luckily, Ironclaw - a griffin - takes him under his wing, and together with Betony, a tangle-girl, they set out to find a cure for Felix's condition and the way back home. Fast-paced and funny, The Divide is a quirky and immensely enjoyable adventure which
weaves in strands of ecology and mathematics, and the emergence of a multinational enterprise in an innocent world. This is the first volume of a trilogy, and the Kindle edition has new illustrations by the author.

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As he was obviously dreaming, Felix became bolder. "I'm a boy, " he said, "A human being. Homo sapiens. What are you?"

About the Author

Elizabeth Kay lives in Surrey. As well as being a popular children's writer she is a poet and a teacher of Art and Creative Writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2ESS3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is destined to become a classic! 9 Jun. 2003
By A Customer
This book has it all:
A well-paced and intelligent story laced with wry humour that still manages to unobtrusively educate and tackle such important themes as globalisation without ever become preachy. Ms Kay expertly juggles, weaves, and final neatly knits together at least half a dozen different plot threads.
A rich cast of quirky and varied characters who avoid the stereotypes so often found in the average children's book. Every character, (even those with only bit parts), in this book feels real. The heroes and heroines have flaws and foibles and the villains all have at least one likeable or redeeming feature. (My personal favourite is Ironclaw; a loveable, fearsome and occasionally pompous brazzle - The Divide's equivalent of a griffin - who specialises in pure mathematics. Yes - The Divide manages to make even abstract maths both interesting and fun!)
Best of all though, is the setting. A wonderfully well thought out magical other world that engages the imagination, wraps you up in a sense of wonder and leaves you longing for more.
In the book's introduction, the publisher says he is trying to persuade Ms Kay to write a sequel. I sincerely hope he succeeds!
I have four goddaughters all of whom are the right age for this book. I have bought a copy for each of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Fantasy 30 Aug. 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
Endless clones of Rowling and Pullman really are becoming a little wearying - the fact that this author has taken all the standard fantasy characters and created something entirely original is what makes this book special; that, and the humor!
Young terminally ill Felix collapses on the Great Continental Divide, falling in such a way that he slips into an alternate universe. He wakes up in a land where all the mythical beasts: griffins, dragons, elves, fauns, vampires, centaurs etc., are commonplace - and humans are mythical! He finds himself trapped in a world where most of the characters he meets don't believe he exists!
This is a lengthy book with a multi-stranded plot - yet it never feels long, as it moves along at such a brisk pace. In many respects, it reminds me of the old Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree stories, yet much more plot driven and contemporary. Furthermore, what really makes this book fizz is the constant humor.
Many reviewers have admired the unusual cover design - but I thought this was the book's one failing. Both the hardback (with a split cover) and paperback (with a hole in the cover), are very abstract in design. This, coupled with the ambiguity of the title - and the reader's first glimpse of the book conceals what lies within its pages. I suspect that a cover depicting the multiplicity of mythical fantasy creatures found within the text would work better and attract more fans of the genre.
Probably best suited to 8 - 12 year-olds, rather than young adult as suggested above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snakeweed gets a taste of his own medicine? 15 May 2003
I found myself giving wry smiles and chuckles at the poke-in-the-eye to multi national companies this book provides for the adult reader. But I then wondered if I would care enough about our hero and main character Felix to wish him his dream come true at the end.
I needn't have worried. In no time, I was roaring along on an adventure ride in a fantasy land filled with beautifully described creatures and beings. The fantastical Brazzles, the unmentionable shadow beasts, the extraordinary Shreddermouth and the noble Brittlehorns all giving something to the plot along the way.
As much as I wanted our friendly heroes, Felix now joined by his tangle-child friend Betony and the Brazzles of course, to succeed I wanted Snakeweed to get his comeuppance.
The sting in the tale of this book leaving me itching for a sequel to see what havoc Snakeweed can cause and how our friends from the other side of The Divide can be brought back into the story. Any chance?
If I enjoyed this magical ride this much, I just can't see how the kids that read it are going to contain their excitement. Any bedtime story reading adult has got his or her work cut out trying to find an appropriate place to stop this story for the night! My guess is most kids won't be sleeping until they've heard the lot.
A cracking read, a great insight into a fantastical world and I'm only left with one question...When will Snakeweed get a taste of his own medicine?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Divide 5 May 2003
By A Customer
A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read.
Crammed full of weird and wonderful creatures, sympathetic characters and magic, The Divide is Harry Potter with depth!
Guranteed to interest even the most reluctant of readers, I recommend The Divide to teachers and parents alike.
A must for teachers wishing to read something out of the ordinary and exciting to their class that will hold their attention and feed their imaginations.
A must for parents looking for that something to shut the kids up for prolonged periods of time!
The Divide is the most interesting and engaging children's read to come onto the market for a very long time. I cannot wait for the sequel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism with darkly realistic overtones 21 May 2003
By A Customer
A friend lent me this to read to my eight-year-old while she was ill, and although I'm sure it was mostly due to the antibiotics, I would dearly love to think that this magical tale in part helped her recover.
Having to think about and sympathise with Felix, the main character who was in a much worse position than she (as he suffers from a life-threatening heart condition) certainly made her look on the bright side about being ill, and the fiendishly original (and occasionally hysterically funny) characters such as Ironclaw (whom I suspect will be most people's favourite) Grimspite, the Shreddermouths, Snakeweed and all the rest most definitely took her mind off it all.
The plot is gripping, the fantasy world is (mostly) convincing, and there are numerous reflections of things from our own world that we should (but don't) think about far more carefully than we do. From pollutants getting into the food-chain and threatening the existance of species with important ecosystem functions, to pharmaceutical giants dodging the long process of testing new drugs and so making dangerous mistakes. I was a little disappointed that my daughter didn't pick up on these issues, but I should think that she'll be reading it again, and may be a little more alert this time...
However great all these things are in The Divide, none of it holds a candle to the characterisation and the dialogue, which are absolutely superb.
With the recent explosion of good children's books on the market, this one comes as a thoughtful, funny, and very original addition to the fairies-with-attitude genre, and I'm very much looking forward to Elizabeth Kay's next published work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I read this book when I was younger and couldn't remember the name, so glad I found it again!
Published 8 days ago by Samantha Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining
Set between two worlds that mirror our own and that of myth, the Divide is an original and creatively entertaining story that will delight readers of any age. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Evil-lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for young people
In this trilogy, Elizabeth Kay has created a world which we would call magical, but for the people and creatures in it, we are the things of legend. Read more
Published 15 months ago by PT
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divide - an excellent book
This book is so easy to read. It is exciting, interesting and grabs the imagination. Well written with beautiful use of English. I would love to see the film!
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Carole Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Felix is a boy whose parents are a little overprotective of him. And who can blame them? Their son has a potentially fatal heart condition. One wrong move could be Felix's last. Read more
Published on 13 Nov. 2010 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
I really enjoyed this novel, and it does truly trump Potter. My favourite animals were the comic scholarly Brazzles, and after them the worrits who will only eat people who they've... Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2007 by Leslie Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
This book follows the adventure of Felix Saunders, an inteligent boy with a rare heart diseise. When his parents take him to Costa Rica for an amazing holiday, he is transported... Read more
Published on 18 Sept. 2006 by Ms. L. J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read - better than Potter? You decide....
I picked this book up because of the cover, then read the synopsis and was hooked, took me a couple of days to read and was gripped by the visuals that this author induced, I could... Read more
Published on 23 Jun. 2004 by Mrs. F. Mulligan
5.0 out of 5 stars A spellbinder with a message
Wow! This knocks JK into a cocked cauldron. Great music makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and reading this book did the same. Read more
Published on 16 May 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, original, brilliant fun, clever and captivating
When I first took this book off the shelf and held the unique split cover design in my hand I knew I was in possession of something special. Read more
Published on 2 Mar. 2004 by Belinda K McKenna
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