Westmark

Author Alexander, Lloyd.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Firebird, 2002




Annotation:

A boy fleeing from criminal charges falls in with a charlatan, his dwarf attendant, and an urchin girl, travels with them about the kingdom of Westmark, and ultimately arrives at the palace where the king is grieving over the loss of his daughter.



Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Best Books for Young Adults, 1981 American Library Association YALSA
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • National Book Award, 1982 Winner United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1986-1987; Nominee Minnesota
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1986; Nominee Colorado
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1984; Nominee Kentucky
  • Utah Children's Book Awards, 1983; Nominee Utah

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780440997313
Dell Pub. (New York:) 1982.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 6

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 690
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 11


0525423354
Dutton (New York:) 1981.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 6


9780141310688, 0141310685
Firebird (New York:) 2002.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 6

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 11

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Reviews :

Sarah Hammond (Children's Literature)
The first in a trilogy, this book is one of war, violence and love. Marked with a sprinkling of dry humor, this is the tale of Theo, a strong-willed orphan and his companions, two of whom are Count Las Bombas, a crooked man, and the girl with whom he falls in love, the mysterious and opinionated Mickle. Theo sets out on a journey of desperation after becoming involved in a murder. The town of Westmark is in a state of complete chaos; the King is on his deathbed, leaving the opportunity for a controlling, power-hungry man to take over, and the Princess is missing. In the end, it becomes Theo's personal quest to save the city while facing a decision between right and wrong. This winner of the ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults award is a treat to read. Because of its intense combination of humor and danger, this book will appeal to readers of all genres. Alexander does an incredible job, once again, of telling a story full of magical wonder. 2002, Penguin Group, $5.99. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Firebird (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2002 c1981.)

Alana Willingham (Children's Literature)
Theo is a young orphan, making his way through life as a printer's apprentice. However, due to Chief Minister Cabbarus' disruption of the Westmark's monarchy, this occupation has become a dangerous one. While escaping a warrant for his arrest, Theo encounters individuals of various shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and occupations. Through his travels and dealings with these people, Theo manages to come full circle in his escapade. Although Alexander uses a web of characters in this story, he impressively manages to keep them untangled. In the beginning, the characters are separate entities, but by the end of the story, everyone is acquainted. Alexander accomplishes this by telling two stories at once. Theo's account seems to weave itself into a complex story that leads to success. On the other hand, the Chief Minister's story, which is being told simultaneously, seems to unravel itself with the demise of the self-appointed leader. The reader does not realize until nearly the end that one story will impact the other. The composition of this work of literature, as well as the positive message it bears, make it a success. Comprehensively, the message says that even those with meager beginnings can secure noble endings, while those with grand beginnings can close with tarnished endings. 2002 (orig. 1981), Firebird/Penguin, $5.99. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Firebird (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2002 c1981.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Firebird, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
184 p.:
CPB Box no. 2001 vol. 20
0141310685
9780141310688
New York: Dell Pub., 1982

Media Type: Language Material
190 p. ;
(Fic)
0440997313
9780440997313
Dell/Laurel-Leaf, 1981

Media Type: Language Material
p.
([Fic]%2 19)
0844080829
9780844080826
New York: Dutton, 1981

Media Type: Language Material
184 p. ;
PZ7.A3774 ([Fic])
0525423354
9780525423355

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