Bitopia by Ari Magnusson

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When you run from bullies, you never know where you might wind up...

Bitopia is a wonderland of fantastical foliage and mysterious creatures. It's also a place where Venators lurk, vile creatures that relentlessly hunt children. So the children of Bitopia, the only human inhabitants, are forced to live in a high-walled city for protection, a medieval metropolis of cold and shadow where time passes but no one ages, a place of no escape.

Like all the other children of Bitopia, Stewart arrives there unexpectedly while fleeing from bullies. And, like all Newcomers, Stewart dreams of finding a way back home. Risking exile from the city and the protection that it offers, Stewart and Cora, his Finder, discover a clue to escaping, one that presents them with a terrible choice: face their greatest fear and risk death, or be trapped in Bitopia forever.

Ages 8 and up.

About Ari Magnusson

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Published February 9, 2012 by Olivander Press. 242 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Action & Adventure.

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Despite a theme geared for younger readers and the unmistakable moral lesson of facing one’s fears head-on, the author surprises with somber, mature dialogue, as when the Princeps, the city’s female leader, states bluntly, “[W]e are fairly confident that we are no longer on the planet Earth.” For...

Oct 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Bitopia

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First-time author Magnusson delivers a welcome, though somewhat heavy-handed message about handling bullies in this fast-paced adventure. It starts when sixth-grader Stewart is forced to run and hide

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Bitopia

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