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Journey Outside

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  125 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Grandfather said they were headed for the Better Place, but Dilar suspected they were headed nowhere, simply following the dark underground river blindly. And so one night he leaped onto a shelf of rock and watched the flotilla of the Raft People disappear. And from there he found his way Outside, into a world so beautiful and strange he could only suppose he had died-a wo ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 26th 1979 by Puffin Books (first published April 28th 1969)
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Diana Welsch
Dilar lives on a raft with his family, in a convoy of rafts that drifts along an underground river. Supposedly the rafts are headed for a "better place," but they never get there, and Dilar starts wondering if they aren't just going in a big circle. This thought consumes him until he hops off the raft onto the riverbank and watches his whole life float away.

He starts climbing up the cave walls and eventually makes it to the surface of the earth, where he gorges himself on peaches and gets a bad
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Nina Levine
Can you imagine never having seen green? Dilar impulsively abandons, for a time, his raft, leaving behind the primitive River People. Emerging from a mountain-top, Dilar's senses are flooded with the wondrous landscape spreading before him. He journeys widely discovering a world previously unimagined while searching for the answer to the question that nags him. Is this the Better Place his people dream of? We catch a glimpse of the familiar through the eyes of an innocent as we share in Dilar's ...more
Karin
The story of a tween or teen who becomes dissatisfied with the lifestyle of his people. As a member of The Raft People, Dilar floats along on an underground raft with his family and friends on rafts close by. One day Dilar sees a cliff outcropping and on a whim, jumps off his father's raft. He finds the way to the outside world and has many adventures and makes many discoveries.

The only fault I have with the book is that it ends with Dilar just beginning his voyage back to the hill from whence h
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Bryan Skelton
I am still not sure about this one. It will take some thinking. Very interesting story, however I am not sure about the end and its meaning.
Mckinley
Liked the Odyssey-like style.

Reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau reminded me of this a bit.
Bethany
Rated G.

THIS WAS WEIRD. It was seriously trippy. As the back says, it can be an allegory, a fantasy, an adventure--and all at the same time. It is a truly bizarre but oddly interesting story of a boy's search for a Better Place for himself and his family.
Kim
Interesting story about a boy who lives underground on a raft with his father and grandfather and their people. He decides to explore the world and meets many different types of people. Enjoyable and different.
Flower
Started out with a story line much like another book that I love, but turned out somewhat differently. Read "City of Ember" and that series.
Michelle
My favorite book, as a young adult, and now.
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Full name: Mary Quintard Govan Steele

Noted American author and naturalist of over 20 books --- some adult-style, but mostly for children. Her 1970 Journey Outside was a Newbery Honor Book. Steele sometimes wrote under the name Wilson Gage.

Steele was the youngest daughter of an author-historian and a well-known children's writer, Christine Noble Govan (author of The Pink Maple House). Her older sis
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