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The forbidden door

Heyer, Marilee

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ISBN 10: 0670817406 / ISBN 13: 9780670817405
Published by Viking Kestrel, New York, N.Y., 1988
Condition: Near Fine(-) Hardcover
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Large quarto in glossy full-color DJ; [32] p. : ill. ; 31 cm. Signed and inscribed by the author, and dated 1989. Impressive full-page, full color illustrations. "Although her people have been forced to live underground for many years by the evil Okira, Reena discovers the forbidden door to the outside world and manages to free them." || Fantasy. Witches ; Magic, Enchantment. Near Fine to Near Fine(-), with light edge wear, in a VG+ DJ with small closed edge tear (about a half inch) to upper outer corner. First edition, first printing (full number line). Bookseller Inventory # 14450

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Title: The forbidden door

Publisher: Viking Kestrel, New York, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine(-)

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Although her people have been forced to live underground for many years by the evil Okira, Reena discovers the forbidden door to the outside world and manages to free them.

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Grade 3-4 Reena and her parents, the last of their kind, live safely in an underground cave filled with wondrous treasures. One day during her explorations, Reena comes to an ancient tapestry which hides a door that leads to the dangerous outside. A hideous monster named the Okira traps her in vines. Little winged creatures help rescue her and help her steal the Ruby Crystal, the source of the Okira's power. Finally Reena and her parents can emerge from their cave. The bland text lacks vivid language and precise descriptions of setting and characters. For example, the Okira, a major character, is solely described as "a creature of the most horrible proportions, with eyes full of evil." The book also lacks drama and tension. Although Reena is held captive, what her horrible fate is to be is never defined. And finally it lacks cohesiveness and imagination. The ending is standard: the Okira is captured, and Reena and her family live happily ever after. All that is missing in the text can be found in the illustrations. Beautifully rendered in a fantasy/surrealistic style, they are filled with fascinating creatures and intricate settings, all fully conceived and strongly colored. Heyer relies on her splendid illustrations not only to expand the text, but also literally to tell the story, and they are not enough to save this original fantasy story. Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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