The Divide by Elizabeth Kay

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A unique and humorous fantasy that weaves a cast of eccentric and charming characters into an incredible adventure story.

When Felix's parents take him to "The Divide"--a spot in Costa Rica where the waters that run down to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans separate--Felix finds himself in a bizarre parallel world where mythical creatures and magic are a reality.
There, he meets Betony, a tangle child and herbalist who becomes his friend in this strange land. As Felix explores this new world he soon discovers that its mythical beasts and fairy folk think Felix is a legendary creature who uses practical science instead of magic! Will Felix ever find his way back home...and will he want to?
 

About Elizabeth Kay

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Elizabeth Kay works as a teacher as well as a professional writer and illustrator. She has published radio plays, short stories and poetry, and two novels for children--The Divide and Back to the Divide. The final book in the Divide trilogy will be published in the summer of 2005. In the story of thirteen-year-old Felix, The Divide provides a mixture of imagination and humor. While on vacation in Costa Rica, Felix, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening heart disease, falls into a fantasy world. There, he meets a variety of fictional creatures who help him find a cure for his illness and help him get back home. In the second title of the trilogy, Back to the Divide, Felix must save his parents from a dangerous curse. The evil Snakeweed freezes Felix's parents in a curse that also endangers the Earth! Felix must work to free his parents and save the world. Elizabeth Kay has two grown-up daughters and lives in Surrey, England.
 
Published November 5, 2012 by The Chicken House. 328 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kay's "stranger in a strange land" tale takes some time to get moving; the first 50 pages or so introduce the terminology and the workings of this Faerie land. But once the ball gets ro

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Felix goes Back to the Divide in Elizabeth Kay's sequel to The Divide.

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As Betony sets out to fulfill the unicorn's wish, Felix strives to find a cure for his illness as well as a way home.

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Fortunately, Felix makes a number of friends along the way, starting with Ironclaw the brazzle (a griffin who's easily distracted by any intriguing mathematical problems, and who's convinced he can crack the code for sending Felix home), Betony the tanglechild who accompanies Felix on their adven...

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Angry with Felix for not finding a scientific way to make him a real living person with a real living body, the brandee kidnaps the bully -- nicknamed Rhino -- and takes him into the lamp until Felix lives up to his end of the bargain.

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During a brief respite between moments of chaos, Felix presents Thornbeak with the present of a newspaper from his world: "What sort of a world do you live in, Felix?"

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