The Ancient One

Author Barron, T. A.
Language English
Publisher
New York: TOR, 1994




Annotation:

5-8



Subjects :

  • Time travel
  • Fiction
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction.
  • Space and time
  • Fantasy fiction.

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Best Books :

  • Best Books, 1992 Parents Magazine
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Young Adults' Choices, 1994 International Reading Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 1993 Finalist United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1994; Nominee Colorado
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1997-98; Nominee Colorado

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0399218998
Philomel Books (New York:) 1992.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points 14

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 18


999999
TOR (New York:) 1994.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 910
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 18

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Reviews :

Sally Estes (Booklist, Sept. 1, 1992 (Vol. 89, No. 1))
Visiting her Aunt Melanie in Oregon, 13-year-old Kate becomes involved in a logger-environmentalist conflict when a virgin stand of redwood old growth is discovered in the heretofore fog-shrouded Lost Crater. Holding her aunt's owl-headed walking stick, Kate is thrust back in time, where she meets Laioni, a member of an Indian tribe that vanished centuries earlier. Kate soon finds herself fighting to save the forest not only in her own time, but also in the distant past. The typical stuff of fantasy is all here: a likable hero and her companions, allies and enemies, battles and death, a quest for a lost amulet needed to overcome evil, etc. But what starts out as a convincing fantasy rooted in contemporary times and issues runs amok when the story rises to a crescendo (you can hear the music also rising in the background) for the confrontation between the forces of good (Kate) and the forces of evil (a "colossal," "great," "gigantic," "towering red beast, with the head and body of a Tyrannosaurus rex and the enlarged arms and legs of a human . . . part dinosaur, part man, part octopus . . . ," with "bulbous black eyes," "deep purple lips," and "teeth-studded jaws," "a many-toothed grin," and a "gargantuan smile," with "a few dozen teeth"). At this point, the story is so vastly overwritten, melodramatic, and cliche- and adjective-ridden that the almost too strong environmental message is nearly lost. That's a pity, because the author is obviously truly concerned, and his scenes of the Northwest wilderness are right on target. Despite the excesses, readers will be drawn in at the start and will want to know the outcome. Category: Older Readers. 1992, Putnam/Philomel, $17.95. Gr. 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Philomel Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1992)
A long but well-peopled fantasy with a strong environmental message. When Kate, 13, tries to help stop a group of unemployed Oregon loggers from cutting a unique stand of redwoods, she's cast back five centuries and propelled into the struggle against Gashra, a megalomaniac volcano creature with a very real "scorched earth policy." The strongest feature of this novel is not the wandering, predictable plot but the colorful cast, especially the nonhumans--boulder-like Stonehags, many-eyed underwater Guardians, lizard-folk, owl-folk, and (best of all) the monstrous Gashra, a delicious combination of tyrannosaur, octopus, and two-year-old--who add a strong dash of humor as well as occasional prophecies and rescues. In the end, Kate recovers a stolen power crystal, sends Gashra back into the earth for a few more centuries (take heed), and returns to her own time to witness one last desperate logger felling the oldest redwood just before a protective injunction takes effect. Barron shows some understanding of the loggers' plight, but pushes concepts like the interconnectedness of nature, our arrogance toward the environment, and the necessity of preservation (both directly and metaphorically). Still, much better wrought than the author's tedious Heartlight (1990). 1992, Philomel/Putnam, $17.95. © 1992 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Philomel Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
When an untouched forest of ancient redwoods is discovered on Native American holy grounds in the Oregon wilderness, a band of unemployed loggers sees only an opportunity to earn a living, not thinking of either the ecological or the spiritual consequences of felling the trees. Anxious to preserve the wilderness, Kate (the heroine of Barron's debut novel, Heartlight ) and her great-aunt Melanie set off to stop the loggers. Once in the forest, Kate is catapulted 500 years into the past, where she is caught in a fatal struggle over the very same wilderness. Kate's quest--to help the forces of light and love prevail over Gashra, the Wicked One, and his forces of greed and death--resonates through time, influencing events set in the past as well as those set in the present. This fantasy adventure offers well-realized characters, imaginative situations, high-minded theme and purpose, complex emotion, a smattering of really good fight scenes and a healthy dose of slapstick humor. Working with elements inspired by American Indian lore, the Lost World stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and A. Merrit, and the works of C. S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle, Barron has woven a boldly original novel that is as thought-provoking as it is fun to read. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Philomel Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Roger Sutton (The Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÂ’s Books, January 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 5))
In this earthbound companion to the space fantasy Heartlight (BCCB 12/90), Kate, mourning the death of her grandfather (while apparently forgetting the intergalactic quest the two shared in the first book), is visiting her great-aunt Melanie in Oregon and is soon swept into a controversy that pits Aunt Melanie against the logging industry. Kate is also soon swept a few centuries back in time, where she meets a fantasy Native American tribe called the Halami, a god-like owl-people called the Tinnanis, some lizard people called the Slimni, and their evil leader Gashra. Perhaps due to the fact that the setting is a large volcanic crater, the action shifts rapidly: whenever trouble comes too close to Kate and her friends, a tremor shows up to help them along ("suddenly" is a favorite transitional adverb here). Like Heartlight, this novel owes too much to Madeline L'Engle; it also owes quite a bit to the Oz books. The tone is sometimes twee (the major helper figure is called Kandeldandel Zinzin) and the language clichéd ("'Aaarghh,' groaned the warrior"), and while the plethora of action, often violent, may draw in readers, there's a numbing predictability to events that vitiates their effectiveness. For fans of the first book, this is more of the same. M--Marginal book that is so slight in content or has so many weaknesses in style or format that it should be given careful consideration before purchase. (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1992, Philomel, 367p, $17.95. Grades 4-8.
(PUBLISHER: Philomel Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: TOR, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
xii 339 p. ;
PZ7.B27567 ([Fic])
0812536541
9780812536546
Companion vol. to Heartlight.
"A Thomas Doherty Associates book."
Originally published New York: Philomel Books 1992.
New York: Philomel Books, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
367 p.:
PZ7.B27567 ([Fic])
0399218998
9780399218996
Companion vol. to Heartlight.

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