The Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library

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Late one night Alice Creighton hears her father having an argument with a fairy - a snarling, bald beast with warts and needle-like teeth. The next day her father disappears, never to return. And Alice is sent to live with Master Geryon, an uncle she never even knew existed. Geryon has a dark, mysterious library which is strictly off-limits to Alice. But after meeting a talking cat who is willing to sneak her in, Alice opens a book and suddenly finds herself inside it - and the only way out is by conquering the dangerous creatures within...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 161 x 237 x 29mm | 562g
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857532871
  • 9780857532879
  • 701,920

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Imagine a world...
Where cats can talk;
Where fairies are snarling bald beasts with needle-like teeth;
Where a huge, dark library hides secrets in its shadows;
And dangerous creatures prowl the pages of books...
Dare you join Alice on her quest to find a happy ending?
From the astonishing imagination of Django Wexler comes this captivating debut adventure story.
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Review Text

"Working in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy, Wexler’s off to a promising start"
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"Compulsive fantasy with a brave, brilliant heroine." Metro "Reminiscent of Corneila Funke's Inkheart and Neil Gaiman's Coraline ... Wexler ingeniously creates an inventive world with interesting creatures and frightening situations." School Library Journal "The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler is a dream come true for book lovers, child and adult alike ... certainly deserving of becoming a classic in the future." BookZone4Boys "Working in the grand tradition of children's fantasy, Wexler's off to a promising start" Kirkus Reviews "A charming, adventuresome fantasy from a promising new author" Booklist "Will gratify book lovers and fantasy experts alike" The Horn Book "A refreshing and unique tale - one that rises above the cliches it could so easily have fallen into - that entertains on every level. It's pitched perfectly to its audience (as well as those who are a few years older...) and, while only time will tell if it becomes a classic, it treats the familiar tropes with care and respect, leaving the reader wanting more after the final page has been turned." Starburst "This is a brilliant story, and Django Wexler is a name to remember - as if you could forget it!" Books Monthly, Children's Book of the Month
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About Django Wexler

Django Wexler graduated Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft and Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. @DjangoWexler
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Rating details

3,156 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (787)
4 39% (1,228)
3 28% (888)
2 6% (200)
1 2% (53)

Our customer reviews

Where to start with this review? How about the word AMAZING! This is the best book of this type I've read in a long while. Yes, it may be written for the younger viewers but as an adult reading it I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this doesn't read like a kids book and it very enjoyable to read as an adult reader. Granted, that the language used is simpler than what you would find in a adult book but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it means you read this without have to think about the words and their underlying meanings, no over-thinking required! The book revolved around Alice Creighton, a young orphan who is sent to live with a strange man, Geryon, and finds herself within a very odd set of circumstances revolving around a very peculiar library within the grounds of Alice's new home. A library full of strange books and even stranger creatures including an awful lot of cats so unlike your normal run-of-the-mill moggies. Basically full of magic and Alice finds out that she is a 'Reader', a user of magic able to go inside books and able to dominate and control whatever is within. It's a very interesting idea indeed and the book itself has been well executed. The writing flows easily with a lovely fluidity. As my copy was an e-ARC copy it was missing the illustrations that the final book will have as they were still to be confirmed and to have their position within the text confirmed. I am sure that the pictures will help no-end with the imagery and I know I will have to buy the final book for myself as my curiosity is terrible and I need to see the illustrations, the words that told me there was supposed to be an illustration drove me nutty as I just wanted to see them! If ever there was a good excuse to make a purchase following a ARC read then this is it! The characterisation in the book is superb and can't be faulted. Alice is a lovely character, the girl with all the gifts who is orphaned at a young age. She begins the book scared of what is going to happen to her following the death (?) of her father but full of curiosity for her surroundings and for the world in general. Throughout the book she really grows as a character and you really fall for her and her little feline sidekick Ashes (who is pretty cool and a talking cat, a talking CAT!). The other characters all have their own little unique qualities that make each and every one of them interesting (Particularly the little maid Emma, there's something VERY odd about her!) and I hope that if Django Wexler writes a sequel we will get a more in depth look into each of the them as they all have a shadowy secret side to them that makes them even more interesting. All in all I haven't enjoyed a book for younger readers like this since Eragon first got released. It's wonderful book full of vivid imagery that your mind can run totally free with. Please Django.... please write a follow up book...... pretty please? Would I recommend this? Indeed I would, in fact I already have as the first person I told about when finishing it was my mother who loves this kind of book and I know she'll be first in line to buy it on release day!show more
by Thea Wilson
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