City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
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Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the chance to take the trip of a lifetime. Parting from his family and ill mother, Alexander joins his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon. Their mission, along with the others on their team -- including a celebrated anthropologist, a local guide and his young daughter Nadia, and a doctor -- is to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

Under the dense canopy of the jungle, Alexander is amazed to discover much more than he could have imagined about the hidden worlds of the rain forest. Drawing on the strength of the jaguar, the totemic animal Alexander finds within himself, and the eagle, Nadia's spirit guide, both young people are led by the invisible People of the Mist on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery....

In a stunning novel of high adventure, internationally celebrated novelist Isabel Allende leads readers through the intricacies of two personal quests, and on an epic voyage -- teeming with magical realism -- into the wonder-filled heart of the Amazon.

 

About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of eleven works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young- adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with over 57 million copies sold. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.Nacida en Perú y criada en Chile, Isabel Allende es la autora de nueve novelas incluyendo más recientemente Zorro, Retrato en Sepia, Hija de la Fortuna e Inés del Alma Mía. También ha escrito cuentos cortos, tres libros autobiográficos incluyendo Mi País Inventado y Paula, y una trilogía de libros para jóvenes. Sus libros han sido traducidos a más de 27 idiomas y son bestsellers a través del mundo entero. En 2004, fue nombrada a la Academia de Artes y Letras de los Estados Unidos. Vive en California.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by HarperCollins.
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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The narrative as a whole suffers from extraordinarily labored language: “ ‘Remember whom you’re speaking to, you little twerp,’ the writer calmly interrupted, seizing him firmly by the shirt and paralyzing him with the glare of her fearsome blue eyes.” Whether this is the fault of the original wr...

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City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende 416pp, Flamingo, £12.99 A common figure in recent children's fiction has been the free-spirited wise girl (Lyra in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Mina in David Almond's Skellig), a brave and loyal child who tutors her more educated and linear-thi...

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After Alexander's mysterious encounter with a caged jaguar, another teen, Nadia, explains its importance to him, and begins calling Alexander "Jaguar."

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PW called this story of a 15-year-old who is reluctant to accompany his grandmother on a writing assignment in South America "laced with surprises and ironic twists."

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While the army is nominally supposed to be there to protect the indigenous peoples on behalf of the government, the reality is that many of the local officers are in the pay of businessmen like Carias, and act as their personal armies.

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Allende has done a remarkable job of not only writing an adventure story that will capture the imaginations of young people, but will also introduce them to the plight of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin and the threat they face from the exploitation of their environment.

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Oddly enough the books that do the best jobs of dealing with subjects that are pertinent to young people are usually fantasy books set outside our everyday world.

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While searching for the creature, Alex and Nadia encounter the People of the Mist, an indigenous Indian tribe capable of blending into their surroundings as though disappearing.

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That minor complaint aside, though, this is a highly readable and enjoyable book, and I have every intention of reading the remaining books in the trilogy about Alex Cold.

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Chicago Tribune

- A review of the young-adult novel "City of the Beasts," by Isabel Allende, in Sunday's Books section had an incorrect number of pages and an incorrect price for the book.

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