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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (6 Aug. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471404595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471404597
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gardner pulls off a brilliant balancing act as her flawed hero travels between the two periods, discovering that, sometimes, a fresh start in a new environment can restore and heal those whose future - or past - looks hopeless. Rollicking stuff. --Daily Mail

Captures the mood of a generation. --The Times

As the three tangle with poison, treachery and love, the novel asks whether the past was better at granting the young responsibility, opportunities and adulthood... subtle, beautifully written and captivating. Enjoy. --New Statesman

About the Author

Sally Gardner is a multi-award-winning novelist whose work has been translated into more than 22 languages. Her novel MAGGOT MOON (Hot Key Books) won both the Costa Children's Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013. Sally's genre-defying novel THE DOUBLE SHADOW (Orion) received great critical acclaim and was also longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013. THE RED NECKLACE (shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Book Prize) and THE SILVER BLADE are set during the French Revolution, the film rights for which have been purchased by Dominic West. Sally also won the 2005 Nestle Children's Book Prize for her debut novel I, CORIANDER. She is currently writing the popular WINGS & CO Fairy Detective Agency series (Orion) for 7-11 year olds - hailed as 'Agatha Christie for kids' - and has recently released her latest Young Adult fiction novel, which is a modern Gothic tale called TINDER, illustrated by David Roberts (Orion). Follow Sally at www.sallygardner.net or on Twitter: @TheSallyGardner


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Before The Door That Led to Where, the only book I'd read by Sally Gardner was The Double Shadow. I completely fell in love with that book, which not only offered an intriguing story and wonderful characters, but also had me put my English Lit degree to good use. Thus I was pleased to receive a review copy of The Door That Led To Where, not least because it was a fantasy book set in my favourite of all places, London and it had time-travelling to boot. The idea of a secret door to a different time or place is an old one, who hasn't wished they had a magic wardrobe at least once as a child or to be able to cross to Platform 9 3/4? In Gardner's capable hands this premise led to a wonderful story that is not just about solving a murder, but about friendship, love, and the ties that bind.

What set the book apart from the get go is its voice. The story is narrated by AJ, our protagonist, and his voice is super clear and fun. He's very much a modern teenager with the associated slang included. Yet Gardner shows that teens these days aren't just all about the slang and the street, they are definitely able to shift register and quickly too, as we discover when AJ gets a job as a baby clerk at a prestigious law firm called Baldwin Groat. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story, the way AJ's best friends help him get ready to start his job and the scenes at the office and at court.

If mystery is at the centre of the narrative, then friendship is its heart. AJ's most important relationship is with his best friends Slim and Leon. The three of them form a very close-knit support group that helps its trio of members through heartbreak, grief, misfortune and good times.
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A great story touching on friendship, tough choices, and doing the right thing. Its main theme about time travel is brought up to date with shades of Charlie Higson's zombie series. Its crying out for a sequel and I hope Sally goes there, but perhaps with fewer characters as it does get confusing sometimes. Would also like to see perhaps a different time period in the next book or maybe some chance encounter with Charles Dickens or similar character.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2016
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3.5 stars

My grandson and I both read this book, and he gave me his evaluation. This is a time travel book, and one issue was that my grandson had not yet studied the 1800's where much of the novel takes place, thus some names were not apparent to him.

We meet AJ or Aiden Jaobey who lives in London with his mother. He has not done well with his GCSE exams which are a qualifying exam at age 16. This exam decides whether you will proceed with your education,and, if so, what college. He must look for a job, and finds one with a law firm as a clerk. One day he finds a key that arrived mysteriously. AJ must discover where this key fits. Eventually it opens a portal to the year 1830, and this is the beginning of many strange occurrences.

AJ has special friends in this time travel to 1830, and their escapades are noteworthy. 1830, as you can imagine presents a total different way of life. There is great poverty, crime and, of course, men are the important species. My grandson and I found it difficult at times to follow the plot. Moving from this century to 1830 happened quickly, and at times it was difficult to know where we were in the novel. My grandson became confused with the plot, and he is an avid reader and likes science fiction. I think this was above his reading level and more young adult. I have not been a fan of time travel, thus the book was at times confusing to me, also. One of the most important aspects for me is how crime and poverty has not changed as much as we had thought over the past century.

Recommended. prisrob 09-25-16
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As a school librarian I read a huge amount of teenage books, not all of them to my taste. I loved this book. Having lived as an adult in Stoke Newington for several years, and as a child in Clerkenwell I loved the feelings it invoked in me. I just didn't want it to end, but, as someone else said- here's hoping for a sequel.
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Little bit tricky to follow all the characters but loved the plot and the realism of teen life.
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The Door That Led To Where by British author Sally Gardner is a young adult novel with a range of themes. It is both contemporary and historical with a mix of mystery and science fiction. Most importantly, it is a brilliant story.

A.J. Flynn has just got his GCSE results. With the exception of an A* in English, he has failed all of his exams. Not only does he not have any qualifications, he does not even know what the initials that make up his name stand for. Without any optimism, A.J. attends a job interview and, after impressing the interviewer with his literary knowledge of Charles Dickens, lands himself a job as an office boy at a law firm.

What initially appears to be a standard job becomes shrouded with mystery. Firstly A.J. learns his real name, then discovers that his father, a man he never got the opportunity to meet, has left him a key to a very special door. This door, much to A.J.’s disbelief, transports him to 19th century London with people who know much more about A.J.’s family than he does himself. Although excited to explore the world that Charles Dickens lived in, A.J. faces a big decision. The door needs to be locked, but which side should he stay?

Time travel novels are nothing new however The Door That Led To Where provides something different. A.J. and his friends are the typical, uneducated youths that constantly find themselves in trouble, particularly with the law. To place a character such as this within an historical period creates a brand new perspective of the past. For someone who relies heavily on electricity and modern inventions to be thrown into the past, A.J. learns a lot more than he would have done by paying attention at school.
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