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The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon #1)

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Underneath the steps leading down to Eric's basement is a hidden storage space. It's dusty and old- nothing special at all. But when Eric, Julie, and Neal all huddle inside the gray room together, something unbelievable happens. A glittering light and then a rainbow-colored staircase appear. And as the kids take their very first step down into the mysterious land of Droon, ...more
Paperback, 81 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Scholastic
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2nd out of 65 books — 10 voters
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May 22, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
For all the hype I heard on this series I was a bit disappointed. The book is a second grade reading level (give or take depending on the child) with a kindergarten story line. It focuses on 3 children who are suppose to be cleaning out a basement and learn that the closet under the stairs is a gateway to another world, called Droon. They enter Droon, save a princess and go home. End of story.
The overall concept for this series seemed to have potential but I feel the author could have done a be
چطور می تونم به مجموعه ای که منو فانتزی خون و در واقع، کتاب خون کرد کمتر از پنج ستاره بدم؟:)
یادش بخیر دوم دبستان بودم شروع کردم خوندنش رو :)
بعد از اون بود که من عاشق و دیوونه ی کتاب و مخصوصاً فانتزی شدم...
Steven R. McEvoy
Jun 30, 2015 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I must admit I was leary of starting this book. It is hard to imagine starting a new series with over 40 books in it that was started 16 years ago. I feared loving the book and being hooked for the whole series. And as much as I love most of Tony Abbott's books that I have read I also feared not liking it and being disappointed. With mixed feelings I must say it is the first. I now have a much bigger to read pile thanks to venturing into the world of Droon.

I find I go through spurts reading midd
Michelle Isenhoff
Jul 13, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it
Early chapter books aren’t my specialty. I don’t read them often, but my son was in need of a new series, so I read the first book of The Secrets of Droon. I was impressed. The story was very simplistic, of course, but what takes me twenty minutes to breeze through takes him several hours. That’s enough time for a child to be thoroughly immersed in a magical adventure.

Eric Hinkle and his friends Neil and Julie are regular soccer-playing kids who stumble onto a stairway that leads to Droon. But D
Apr 23, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-chap, lis-565
"'To Droon'" they cheered." I agree! This is a fun little chapter book which will appeal to grades 2-4 and maybe even early grade 1 readers. A little Chronicles of Narnia, a dash of Lord of the Rings, and a pinch of Harry Potter, wrapped in short chapters and age appropriate language, round out the recipe for The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet, the first book in The Secrets of Droon Series. Follow Eric and his friends down a secret staircase hidden in his basement to the land of Droon, fille ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Stevie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: elementary grade kids, fantasy lovers, new readers
Shelves: fantasy
Back when I was in second grade these books were amazing. I remember reading one or two a day and having the series passed around the class once someone finished a book. For a fantasy loving, imaginative seven year old there was nothing better than sitting down on the couch after school with the latest book in the Secrets of Droon series. Of course that's not how I feel now that I've had in the literature department, but for a children's' series, it was great fun to read. I ...more
Terri Lynn
Mar 31, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it liked it
This is a very nice little series for children from 4 (to be read to unless you are a homeschool family who teaches your kids to read at 4 like we do) to 9. Three kids are cleaning a basement when a hidden magical staircase pops up unexpectedly in a closet. Of course they all have to go down it and they discover a lower world called Droon which has wizards, kick-ass princesses, weird creatures, and an evil Sauron type guy who wants to get back the magical things he made long ago so to take over ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My grandson who is an almost 7 first grader loves this series. I thought I should read at least one so I'd know the main characters and the basic plot. This book is a fairly standard secret world adventure story where the good guys are really good, the bad guys are "pure evil" and the children save the day. While it did not do much for me, I see why a 6 or 7 year old would really love this fast moving story.
Ardea Smith
Nov 18, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet/Tony Abbot/1999

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: This book was easy to read and would have been just the sort of adventure I'd love to have read when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade!

After entering the tiny room underneath the stairs, three friends find themselves in a magic world of shiny red men and flying lizards, and they are soon forced to face great challenges in order to survive and make their way back
Nov 14, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Okay, the truth is, this book is poorly written, has corny messages, and paper thin characters. It has about seventy five pages of plot, and the series goes on far too long. That's the way I look on it now. However, I was absolutely obsessed with this series when I was in second grade, and read the first twenty books or so really quickly, since I loved it. Since this book is aimed at that age group, it obviously did something right. By the way, something I'm annoyed at with these series (droon, ...more
Janice Villwock
2nd-4th grade

The story introduces us Eric, Julie and Neal who are best friends who discover a magical staircase that just appears under Eric's basement stairs. As they cautiously creep down the stairs the enter the mysterious land of Droon. This book is very fast paced full of magic, fantasy and adventure. There is a lot of white space with an occasional picutre. The paragraphs are 3 to 4 sentences and the sentences are short. The typeface is medium-large. Children would enjoy this book because
Mar 06, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I finished reading the first book of the Secrets of Droon chapter book series with my 5-year-old tonight. He is completely enthralled, and has already started seeking out the subsequent books in his school library (we have #2,3, and 4 in a box set). After we finished the first book, he said "and tomorrow night we'll read the first two chapters of the next book!" I thought the writing was engaging for youngsters, and painted a very vivid and exciting picture of the adventures these young friends ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Linnae rated it it was ok
Three friends find a whole different world, down a magical staircase in Eric's basement.

This book was heavy on the action and light on the explanations. After a brief setup, we're into the new world, our heroes are being chased by scary-looking guys on flying red lizards, and there's a princess-girl who needs some help--and who also rescues our friends. By the end of the book, I still wasn't exactly clear on most of the why's, how's, or who's, but hey--the friends all got back to Eric's basemen
Oct 12, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A little slow to get started, but anyone who gets through the first two chapters or so should stay hooked, thanks to a series of cliffhangers to end each chapter. The setting is interesting, with certain vivid details (like the rainbow stairs, the pink sky, and the friendly spider-troll) helping to stimulate a child reader's imagination. The plot is conventional but lively, with familiar elements such as portal-fantasy (think Narnia), princess rescue (though, as in Star Wars, the princess is mor ...more
SUMMARY: Eric, Julie, and Neal would rather be playing soccer but instead have been sent to the basement to help clean it out. As they are goofing off they discover a hidden door which reveals a portal entrance to the world of Droon. Here they meet the Princess Keeah who has been kidnapped by Lord Sparr and the three friends set out on a rescue mission to bring her back. Only Princess Keeah knows the way back to the portal which will take them home.

The first title in the series gives a good intr
It's hard to know what to say about these books. As an adult I found them cheesy and laughable. I mean on the first page he spells dryer, drier. But and I do mean but...
There is also another side to these. For my first grade reader they seem to be the perfect length. He gets tired easily and reading out loud can't last too long if you want to promote reading. These books seem the perfect length and there seems to be just enough action and adventure to encourage him to get to the end of the chapt
These books are poorly written and ridiculous. There are much better series for 1st and 2nd graders to read. And if you read them out loud they are agony. Remember you shouldn't force children to read anything you wouldn't like and these are drivel. I try to steer customers away from them at the bookstore where I work. Try Magic Tree House or Geronimo Stilton, Cam Jansen or Junie B. Jones instead.
Jan 06, 2015 Jeremy rated it really liked it
I've decided to read The Secrets of Droon series entirely for Christmas since i've been feeling a bit nostalgic. I want to be able to live a bit of the magic of being a kid and what beeter to help than this incredible series. I know that this series is for young kids but i feel it will still be great after all these years.
In this first we are introduced to the main characters and the world of Droon. Not much happens in this book, the plot is really simple and it is a fast read but it hints at m
Dec 10, 2014 Irene rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids in Elementary School
Recommended to Irene by: Damian
Shelves: children
I usually prefer to rate books individually, but I think in this case, I'll use book #1 to rate the whole series - as I did with the Magic Tree House books, to which this series is remarkably similar.

So far I've only read this first book, but I will update this review if anything new worth mentioning comes up as I read additional books.

Mostly, this book struck me as being just like the Magic Tree House, only different. Instead of a brother and sister pair, it's a trio of friends consisting of
Feb 16, 2015 Jenifer rated it liked it
I read a lot of YA- especially as bedtime reading... I save the heavier stuff for when I'm not falling asleep, so I'm pretty well versed in the various kids series. My 7yo (who struggles with reading) loves these. LOVES. He found HP too long for the moment, and these are great for reading a chapter at bedtime. Yes, they're written in a manner that is, well, simplistic, but I think these are a great introduction to the fantasy genre, as well as the notion that a series can stretch over an extende ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Read this as a kid and read all the books in the series I could get ahold of, which was not very many at the time.
Nov 24, 2015 Kimi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-as-a-kid
This is the first real book I've ever read all by myself.I was eight then.I exactly remember at which part of the living room I was sitting, what clothes I was wearing and what we had for dinner the night that I was reading it.This book was the beginning of everything.
I read the first two books in one day and the next three books in the day after that.I'd fallen in love.And for the next six years (that's the time it had taken for these 44 books to get published in my country), I grew up with the
I remember seeing The Secrets of Droon series many times as a kid but never read them. I've only began to take a curious look at them now, and all I can say is WOW. I didn't expect these little bite sized books to be so involved! (I should have gotten into this series as a kid.) In this first book, three typical kids fall into a realm under a freaking BASEMENT and discover Droon, a land loaded with fantasy and all kinds if that good stuff! But they came at a bad time...

The villain in this story
Feb 05, 2014 Kalyn rated it really liked it
My son(9 years old) and I love to read before bed. It started where I read to him and now he will occasionally read to me. He reads other books on his own but it always comes back to the book before bed that mom has to read. We haven't missed many nights. Books for boys to enjoy are hard to find. This series, reading wise, may be below his level but they are filled with adventure, mild fight scenes, and characters turning into other things on occasion. It is the type of series that boys can get ...more
Skylar Burris
Jan 29, 2013 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Listen, folks, this is no Roald Dahl. This is not good writing. But here's the thing – my 3rd grader can, and does, devour them completely on her own. In terms of story, these books seem to be a cross between Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, but they are written on what I would guess to be a second grade reading level, and there is very little tension or character development (what little tension exists is resolved quickly). That is to say, like most modern young reader chapter books, thes ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
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Harold Ogle
May 05, 2013 Harold Ogle rated it it was ok
Quite a few people knocked the Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books for splitting what was ostensibly one novel into multiple volumes, but as you know from my reviews, I think it was a good choice in that it broke the story up into smaller chunks for more junior readers. Tony Abbott has completely trumped that with The Secrets of Droon series, which is spread across forty-four volumes. Each one is about sixty pages long (not counting illustrations), and tells the story of three kids ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
While the writing in this story was just okay and the plot was a little tame for an adult, I think this was a pretty good read. The story is paced well for a child starting chapter books and is so much better then the Magic Tree House series. There's a healthy dose of adventure, which helps these books be that much more enticing to kids who may not enjoy reading much.

The story is an introduction to the characters and the world of Droon, a secret realm with a stairway access in Eric's (one of the
Jessica Orth
Jul 19, 2014 Jessica Orth rated it it was amazing
I literally read every book, and made the time to grab my sleeping bag and pillow out to the trampoline where I would read after school until the sun no longer have enough light. All the Secrets of Droon books were amazing. The stories and situations Tony Abbott created were so different and exciting that putting the books down wasn't an option. They were addictive and a great read for children in primary school.
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Eric, Neal, and Julie have been friends since they got stuck in a tree during kindergarten. One day, while cleaning Eric’s basement, Neal kicks a soccer ball into a small closet under the basement stairs. A hidden staircase appears, and the children follow it into the land of Droon. Immediately, flying lizards ridden by red-faced men with flaming arrows attack them. Eric finds Princess Keeah, the daughter of King Zello, hiding from evil Lord Sparr. As Sparr’s lizard riders close in, Keeah gives ...more
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Tony Abbott (born 1952) is an American author of children's books. His most popular work is the book series The Secrets of Droon, which includes over 40 books. He has sold over 12 million copies of his books and they have been translated into several other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. He has also written the bestseller "Firegirl".
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The Secrets of Droon (1 - 10 of 44 books)
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  • The Mysterious Island (The Secrets of Droon, #3)
  • City in the Clouds (The Secrets Of Droon, #4)
  • The Great Ice Battle (The Secrets of Droon, #5)
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