The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
The Land of Elyon, Book 1

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An extraordinary debut weaving magic and heroism into a classic tale of good and evil, featuring a heroine you'll never forget.

Inquisitive twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in the walled town of Bridewell. This year, she is set on solving the mystery of what lies beyond the walls. Legend says the walls were built to keep out an unnamed evil that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills. But what exactly is it that the townspeople are so afraid of?
As Alexa begins to unravel the truth, pushing beyond the protective barrier she's lived behind all her life, she discovers a strange and ancient enchantment -- and exposes a danger that could destroy everything she holds dear.
 

About Patrick Carman

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Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot's Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
 
Published February 1, 2005 by Orchard. 272 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics. Fiction

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In his debut fantasy, the launch of the Land of Elyon series, Carman crafts an intriguingly insular world, and introduces a plucky, convincingly curious heroine who yearns to see what lies outside

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There's a new heroine in the adventure-fantasy realm, and she's got plenty of smarts and girl-power drive, skillfully conveyed by Vigesaa's confident and well-paced reading. Twelve-year

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Carman (the Skeleton Creek series) continues to play with the integration of print and digital media, crafting a competent but slow thriller about seven teens with serious phobias who have been sent to a last-ditch facility to help them conquer their fears.

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There's a new heroine in the adventure-fantasy realm, and she's got plenty of smarts and girl-power drive, skillfully conveyed by Vigesaa's confident and well-paced reading.

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While the adults grapple with the population problem within this confined space, Alexa follows her passion—to find "a way outside the wall"—and escapes, thanks to Warvold's key.

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However, the The Dark Hills Divide’s unusual setting and well-written characters will easily pull in fantasy readers, and since it is part of a series (The Land of Elyon books--an internationally best selling set), even more fun adventures await the fantasy-loving child.

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BookPage

The young protagonist of The Dark Hills Divide, the first book in a new series, finds worlds opening to her through her love of books, and this well-written juvenile fantasy will do the same for its readers.

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Nights and Weekends

And the last time we discussed books, Emily introduced me to Patrick Carman's
The Land of Elyon books. She told me that she liked the first book in the series, ...

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Fantasy Literature

Patrick Carman’s The Dark Hills Divide has a good if not all that original premise at its core — a kingdom of four cities completely walled in and a 12-yr-old heroine who longs to see what’s beyond the walls.

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Filled with mysterious clues, secret passageways, hidden maps, sneaks and spies, and a magic stone that allows Alexa to speak with the wild animals, this story will thrill anyone willing to travel through the pages of Elyon.

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