Ravenwood Paperback – 5 May 2011
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A powerful fantasy adventure fuelled by an eerie magic written by a dramatic storyteller. Magic, mystery and adventure are tightly fused in this thrilling and original drama. It's lyrical and thought-provoking, whilst being hugely enjoyable. --Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids
This fantasy adventure has a wonderfully original setting... It's humorously told at a cracking pace, exploring deeper themes of ecology, conservation and power. --The Bookseller
An action-packed adventure story set in the branches of giant trees; a meticulously imagined civilisation with its own religion and myths; political treachery and intrigue; heroism, and battles to the death. No wonder then that it is being described as an epic. --Andrea Reece, Books for Keeps
About the Author
ANDREW PETERS was born in Hildesheim, Germany, and raised in London, England. He has been climbing up and talking to trees ever since childhood. He now lives in Shropshire, England, with his wife and two children of their own. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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What I did read made me think of the market that it would appeal to, pre-teen and teenage boys/girls who are at that toilet humour stage.
The story is set in the last forest island in the world, somewhere in the distant future where a piece of bark is worth more than gold. The first half, or so of the book was filled with an endless array of wood/plant based word puns which became very irritating and juvenile very quickly and would have made me give up reading had it not been on the Vine scheme.
The last quarter of the book did seem to fall into its stride nicely with a more mature tone, less word puns and a more believable hero along with a surprisingly moving ending to the tale. My only wish is that the first three quarters of the book could have been written in the same style.
A good ending, but quite an effort to read that far.
The imagery of this is fantastic, however unfortunately this is where my interest in the book stops. Do not go into this expecting one of those 'young adult' novels that in fact appeals to both young and old alike. This book is very definitely aimed squarely at an audience of 10+, and the writing does nothing to dissuade you of this fact.
The characters in this book are all pretty one-dimensional, and nothing is really done to flesh them out at any point, and the humour contained in the book is mainly of the toilet variety, which admittedly is to be expected when the main character is a young boy who is also a plumber.
By all means give this book to the kids to read; I'm sure they'll get a laugh or two out of it. But don't expect much more than that.
The story is lively and, in the end, quite moving but any sentimentalism is cut through with cheerful vulgarity and with the constant tree-based puns scattered throughout the book (for instance, instead of "bloody hell", they say "buddy hell", and so on).
Issues discussed include adoption, the loss of the natural world to pollution, and living an honourable life. There's some interesting threads of anti-authoritarianism/anti-capitalism in here which almost offers a primer in these concepts, but at the same time it's an adventure romp which will appeal to reluctant male readers from about 8 upwards, depending on their reading comprehension.
Looking forward to the next one, as I said. Good work !
The story has a secure footing in the reaches of a magical experience. It is a fantasy ride set high in the tree tops of a parallel world. This last surviving place is a mysterious world of people and creatures, who all go about their daily life secure in the knowledge and understanding of each other. That is, until one dark day . . . . . .
Ark Malikum, the main character of the book, reminds me of Mario. He finds himself well and truly knee deep in the brown stuff, when he happens to overhear a plot to destroy the city. As a result, an action-packed adventure begins full of danger, discoveries and new found friends.
This book has a witty charm running through it. The author has cleverly woven wood-related themes through the story, as timely interjections, such as "buddy holly" and "totally conkers" which made me chuckle along the way. I was also able to appreciate the religious theme; giving the story a vivid past and enhancing the cleverly structured world of Aborium.
The book is a really good read. It encompasses events such as unblocking drains to danger, within the blink of an eye.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arborium: a mile-high world carved out in the canopies of gargantuan trees in the future. This beautiful place is built with rope and scaffolding and is home to Ark Malikum - a... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by BDMist
Traditional story of good versus evil told in a simple and accesible way for readers of perhaps 12-13ish? Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by avidreader
A really original concept, this book is wonderfully crafted to appeal to most children. It has a wicked element of toilet humour to be enjoyed. Read morePublished on 11 May 2011 by S. Duncan
Ravenwood is a fast paced, exciting book, full of fun. Neither of us could put it down. It is full of love-able characters, funny jokes and great twists and turns in the story. Read morePublished on 9 May 2011 by womanly states
The narrative gallops along from the opening paragraph, at first leaving you a little confused until you sort out who's who - but that doesnt matter, its great not to have it all... Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by I. Kerry
It is unusual to read something that is really original in children's literature but Ravenwood ticks all the boxes. Read morePublished on 23 April 2011 by Mrs. J. Jones
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