Title: Beyond the Magic Sphere
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 015200193X This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author and dated 10/29/94 with the following inscription: "To A_______ and M______ D_________, Let your imaginations soar! Happy Reading". Bookseller Inventory # 002762
Synopsis: While staying with her country cousin, Brenda, eleven-year-old S.B. makes two new friends, with whom she discovers the value of family, friendship, and nature and averts a disaster involving a wealthy landowner and a peculiar old man. Jr Lib Guild.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-When 11-year-old S.B. Field's father tricks her into spending the summer with his cousin Brenda instead of accompanying him to Europe, the girl is angry and confused. She must coexist with Brenda's sullen ward, 13-year-old Finis, who constantly bombards her with bits of gruesome trivia. Then she meets Cally, a strange girl who escapes her abusive home life by constructing a fantasy world that she enters through a mirrored, spherical ornament on Brenda's lawn. Real events (the feud between two neighbors over the removal of trees on a disputed boundary, culminating in arson) are related as a battle between the Enchanter and the Green Lord, with Finis, Cally, and S.B. assuming the roles of Water, Earth, and Air. Unfortunately, the attempt to blend mystical elements with reality is contrived and unsatisfying. There are interesting aspects to the plot (including S.B.'s background as the daughter of a rock star who left her family to pursue fame, only to be killed in a plane crash); however, too many ideas are introduced but left undeveloped. Through Brenda's kindness and insight, S.B. comes to terms with her mother's seeming abandonment and Cally finds hope for a more realistic escape from her misery; resolution of Finis's problems is less clear.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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