The Dark Ground

The Dark Ground

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Robert is alone, in a strange jungle. He has no food, no shelter, no warmth. Unfamiliar creatures are roaming about - and he's not even sure how he got there...Following the story of Robert's struggle for survival, through to his extraordinary realization of where he is and what has happened to him, and then to his perilous journey to find his way home, this is an incredible adventure story full of suspense and surprises. This builds on the great success achieved by Gillian Cross's previous novel "Calling a Dead Man". Gillian Cross is one of the UK's top children's authors, and has won every major children's book prize. She is highly acclaimed more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 200 x 26mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192719254
  • 9780192719256

Review Text

Creative, mysterious fantasy bookends a woodland survival story in this provocative series opener. On an airplane with his family, Robert looks in a mirror, sees a tiny version of himself reflected in his eye, feels a hard crash, and wakes up naked in a forest. Scrabbling for food, water, and warmth, he tries to follow someone who's shared furs and fruit, but he's attacked by a mammoth bird and brought to a gargantuan tree-from where he can see his house across the park. Stunner: it turns out the tree is normal-sized, while Robert has somehow become minuscule. He joins the tiny others in their struggle to survive the enormous woods but finally decides to try crossing the park to see his family. The trek is heart-stoppingly dangerous. Shocking final events and the fact that the deadly serious questions aren't answered (why do people shrink? what's going on?) will leave readers breathless for the next installment. (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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3 31% (79)
2 11% (29)
1 5% (14)
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