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The Ice Palace [Kindle Edition]

Robert Swindells
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Ivan lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. Starjik, King of Winter, steals Ivan's little brother and Ivan braves the bitter cold to find him.

About the Author

Robert Swindells lives on the Yorkshire moors and is a full-time writer. He has won the Children's Book Award twice, for BROTHER IN THE LAND and for ROOM 13. In 1994, he won the Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD, and also the Sheffield Book Award.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16100 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (26 Nov. 1992)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9LZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review - Ice Palace 9 Jun. 2007
By Cc
Starjik, a child taker, always came to the village to take away the children. One night, Starjik came and took away Ivan's little brother. Ivan loved his brother and so he went on a journey to find Starjik's land. Ivan was in great danger many times on the way to Starjik's place. But he finally arrived there safely. He was not afraid of Starjik and was able to warm his heart and turned him into a good person again. Therefore, the frozen children, including his brother, were saved. And they all went home happily.

This book is a bit weird but has many good parts. My favorite part is when an old woman gave Ivan his tears that he cried for his brother. And Ivan later used the tears to warm Starjik's heart. Another interesting part of the story is that the old woman used miracles to change herself into different things to help Ivan. She has changed into a snowy owl, a bear and a fir tree to save Ivan from all kinds of dangers. The weirdest part of the story is the picture illustrations especially for the one on page seventeen. It was unclear to the readers whether the person in the picture was Ivan or his mother. And we don't know where the person was by looking at the picture. Another favourite part of the story is when Ivan warmed Starjik's heart and that helped Starjik to understand his problems. Finally, Starjik let all the children go back home.

At school, I gave eight stars (out of ten) to this book even though the pictures are weird. In Amazon, I'll give four stars (out of five) to the book.

Constance Chu, age 7 (almost 8)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Favourite author 2 Feb. 2009
Bought this for my 9 year old son as he has read a number of Robert Swindells books. Although he really enjoyed it, it didn't grab him in the same way as some of the others such as 'Ghost of Givenham Keep'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Palace Review 20 Oct. 2010
By Lenny
Excellent descriptive imagery - including some lovely similes to describe the setting and a plot that keeps children on the edge of their seats. We used it for studying stories in an imaginary setting. Children are keen to emphasize with Ivan and are willing him to succeed. It is a bit of a rollercoaster with the emotions. There is a great twist at the end. Excellent for use in schools with children in Year 3 and 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 21 Feb. 2010
By Cod
I work as a teacher in year 3 and we have been reading this book as part of our adventure stories unit. It is an excellent book and the children have really loved the story so far!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Y4 book if you know what to do with it. 30 Oct. 2014
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Bought for a year 4 class (8-9 years) it was a great read for both boys and girls. Including themes of loss, discovery, redemption, prejudice and adventure, this proved the basis for four weeks of in depth literacy that engaged the children from start to finish, challenging their pre-conceived ideas and opinions along the way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been written by a ten year old. 18 Feb. 2014
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The basic story is good and the beginning does grip you but unfortunately it dies a sudden death afterwards. The story moves so fast there isn't anytime for details. Shame, had the makings of a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 Jan. 2014
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Fabulous book because it is the best of all
I recommend it to 5s and up a brilliant idea the best
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and mysterious 2 Dec. 2013
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This story was clever because the author used some interesting words to do with the scene. The book is scary, mysterious and can help children to use describing words in sentences.
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