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The Catalogue of the Universe (Phoenix Award Book (Awards)) Paperback – 1 Sep 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068985353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853531
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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“Margaret Mahy is outstanding in the richness of her ideas and in her great storytelling ability.” Twentieth Century Children’s Writers

“Of course, like everything Margaret Mahy writes, it is very funny … written with an awareness of the possibilities of language which can only be called poetic, and drawing convincing family relationships … such pleasures should be widely shared.” TES

“Mahy’s impulsive, ‘non-predictable’ style makes all convincing by sheer vividness and verve.” TLS

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A powerful and intellectually stimulating teenage love story. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Paperback
A fantastic, engrossing, mind-expanding novel for young adults, I can't recommend this highly enough. I've read this several times over the last 20 years, since first encountering it as a young teenager, and still get new things from it each time.

It works on many levels. There is an unlikely teenage romance between beautiful popular Angela and thoughtful different Tycho, with a convincing and funny treatment of domestic life in their two households. There is a distinctively New Zealand setting. There is beautiful clear writing and appealing characters. There is the revelation of what happens when Angela goes to find her estranged father.

But for me a real gift of this book is the light touch with which Mahy includes philosophy, astronomy, poetry and other things not usually found in fiction for young people. When I first read it, it made me feel for the first time that these things were not beyond my grasp - that I could dare to be curious about them, without the need for anyone else's instruction, or permission. I certainly didn't need to feel intimidated by them, or to listen if anyone said that they were not for the likes of me. I felt my horizons expand as I read, and I will always be grateful for this.
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Format: Paperback
My mum bought me this book when I was about fourteen, and by that point I had nearly completely moved on to reading adult books. As a result of this - and the fact that this sounded like a sci-fi novel from the synopsis - I never read it until now. It's a decent novel, one which I would have eaten up as an eleven-year-old, but not the kind of book I appreciate at the age of eighteen. It tells the story of how the lives of two teenagers change in the days after they graduate from high school. Nothing particularly special about it, but it was well written and not too much of a chore to read.
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Format: Hardcover
My friend recomended this book to me and I put off for a bit at first. However, as soon as I did start reading it was difficult to put down. I thought it was beautifully written and really touched the romantic side of me. The Potter family is very entertaining particularly Richard, I would go as far and say that they were eccentric! It is now a game of mine and my friend's to say, "You are strong, strong!".
Very enjoyable, I certainly recommend it.
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