Winter Door: The Gateway Trilogy Book Two

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In the midst of the worst winter on record, Rage is beset with worry. Her mother still hasn’t fully recovered from her car accident despite Rage’s successful quest for healing magic. Her stoic uncle seems to be having second thoughts about looking after her. The school bully, Logan, is increasingly malicious. And her only friend, Billy Thunder, is just a dog again. As if that weren’t enough, there’s something wild lurking in the woods around the farm. Do Rage’s dreams hint at a sinister threat to two worlds?
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Isobelle Carmody began her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while in high school. That series, along with her award-winning short stories, has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia. Billy Thunder and the Night Gate (the Australian title) was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She lives in Apollo Bay, Australia, and Prague, the Czech Republic.
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Grade 7 Up–The second book in this fantasy trilogy picks up some months after the conclusion of Night Gate (Random, 2005). Rebecca Jane Rage Winnoway's mother, while no longer comatose, still suffers from the aftereffects of a devastating car crash, and Rage is under the guardianship of her seemingly indifferent uncle. The school bully has made her a target, and her town is suffering from an unnaturally long and violent winter–a phenomenon that may be connected to the similar unusual weather caused by an evil force in the enchanted realm of Valley. In a particularly interesting twist, Rage accesses Valley this time around by literally dreaming herself there when she falls asleep in our world. C. S. Lewis's Narnia and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (both of which play minor roles in the text) are obvious inspirations here, but Carmody develops some intriguing ideas of her own. The author's skillfully designed worlds, expressive prose, and theme of hope in the face of despair will appeal to fantasy fans; but readers who have not experienced the first book may have some difficulty catching up.–Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO
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