Abarat by Clive Barker

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A journey beyond imagination
is about to unfold. . . .

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.

When the answer comes, it's not one she expects.

Welcome to the Abarat.

 

About Clive Barker

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Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume. Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by HarperCollins. 500 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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27th, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-06-029171-6 Page count: 592pp ...

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Abarat

Publishers Weekly

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Like The Thief of Always, Barker's first book for children, this tale finds a bored protagonist venturing into a fantastical world. The novel begins with a ra

Jun 24 2002 | Read Full Review of Abarat

Publishers Weekly

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Barker's (The Thief of Always) fantasy for teen readers features some truly bizarre characters and often crackles with creepy and curious imagery. Unfortunate

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The Guardian

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Abarat by Clive Barker 388pp, HarperCollins, £17.99 On the one hand, the stakes are high for Clive Barker: this book has to follow some pretty tough acts.

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Publishers Weekly

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Candy Quackenbush travels from Chickentown, Minn., to a fantastic otherworld of unbelievable characters, including the Lord of Midnight, Christopher Carrion.

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Publishers Weekly

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Barker's (The Thief of Always) fantasy for teen readers features some truly bizarre characters and often crackles with creepy and curious imagery.

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BC Books

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Absolute Midnight continues right where Book Two left off.

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BC Books

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I first met Clive Barker a few years ago and yes, he is really that brilliant and a little bit crazy.

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Book Reporter

Most likely the young readers this book is intended for will not be critical of the occasional sloppiness in the text and most likely their attention will not be lost through the mental and physical obstacle course Candy finds herself in when she journeys to Abarat.

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AV Club

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Clive Barker's increasingly baroque fantasy tales rarely have just two sides: The antagonists are as haunted and embattled as the protagonists, if...

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Common Sense Media

I like this book a lot because there are a lot of scenes where you think "i'll just stop reading after this chapter or so" then something exiting happens like a villian appearing and you just can't put the book down.

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Common Sense Media

When the book first came out there was a free poster map of the world, and there is an interactive version on the Web site (www.harperchildren.com/abarat ), though why they didn't print the map on the endpapers is a mystery in an otherwise gorgeous and lavishly produced book.

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Seattle PI

I first met Clive Barker a few years ago and yes, he is really that brilliant and a little bit crazy.

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Kidz World

As she runs for her life she finds out more about the incredible world she's stumbled into and what it means to her future.

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Starburst Magazine

The books are great and all, but we can't help but miss his gorier, more terrifying Books of Blood, his Damnation Game and his Great and Secret Show.

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