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Once upon a time, in a village nestled in a mountain valley, lived a girl named Darkin. Darkin wants three things more than anything else: to visit the farthest-away mountain, to meet a gargoyle, and to marry a prince. Everyone
in her village thinks she's crazy, especially since no one has ever been to the farthest-away mountain. But one day, when she is nearly 15, she hea
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 13th 2004 by Yearling (first published 1976)
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Krysta
I LOVED this book. Everything a child's fairytale should be. While I enjoy many current junior fiction titles, they just can't capture the vintage charm that stories such as this contain. "The Farthest-away Mountain" is going right up there with "The Ordinary Princess" as a book that will, without question, be read to my daughter. The heroine is brave and kind and good, but not immune from making mistakes or struggling in the midst of trials. I found the moral to be wonderful and the story balan ...more
Anastasia
I recognized this cover immediately when I stumbled across it here, even though I haven't seen my copy of the book in probably a decade. I loved this story because it was one of the first books I read about a girl who was willing to set out on her own to explore the world she wanted to see. She's not forced to head to the mountain because of war or a mysterious quest--she wants to see it, and she goes. The world she finds there might seem overly familiar now that every fantasy archetype risks be ...more
Aaron
Just fyi, I'm reading this for the first time at 26 years old. I'm reading it because a friend said it was her favorite book growing up.

My first reaction was happiness because I saw this book was written by the same author as The Indian in the Cupboard, which I remember I liked as a child. But then after I read 20 pages, I became scared to go back and re-read my favorite childhood books like The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Great Brain, and The Castle in the Att
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Melissa
This was a book that I grew up loving. It was one of my favorites. I was so excited to read it out loud to Lucy. First, Lucy loved the book. My son even sat still for a good chunk of the book to listen and he is 3. Lucy is 6 and she loved it. She understood it mostly and I had to remind her of a couple things here and there. I didn't use all the vocab, sometimes just making it a little simpler. But she liked it.

I give the book 2 stars because reading it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought. I didn'
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Ysabel
This book has sentimental value for me. This was the first book I read when I was a young girl, roughly around the age of 7. It made me feel magical, and truly was my escape at the time, which is probably why I love it so much. I remember while reading this, imagining that I was Darkin on this wild adventure to get to the farthest-away mountain. This really is the ultimate fairy-tale! And as a young girl, this book was so incredibly magical to me, I must of read it about a thousand times. Defini ...more
Kayleen
I recently reread this, and I have to say that it wasn't even half as good as when I first read it when I was seven or eight.
There were several misspelled words and sentences, and not enough plot development.
I know its a children's book, but that shouldn't mean anything. A book should have correct words and should tell you everything you need and want to know about the story. But sadly not all books are like that.

I remember this book being so good, but the truth is that it really isn't.

I wish I
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Meg
Apr 13, 2014 Meg rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children aged 6 - 10
I just re-read the Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks to my daughter, probably 25 years since I first read it. I recall enjoying the story as a kid, but unlike some fellow second-time-around-readers, reading it now I found depths in it that were even more intriguing.

Fifteen year old Dakin is quite the prettiest girl in the village but she's refusing to do the expected and get married until she's done the things she wants to do 'she wanted to visit the farthest-away mountain; she wanted t
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Kara
Oh, how I loved this book!

I remembered this book from when I was <10 years old. I loved it. My fond memories of this book led me to re-read it at 28. I still love it! This is a book for a young person who loves to read. I would recommend it to any child who is looking for a longer more challenging book. The themes are benign and the fantasy charming. There are some very mild scary parts but they come no where near disturbing. It's just precious :)
Jessamay
This is one of those foundational books for me. I read it as a child, I searched for it as an adult, and re-read it...and it's still magic. It has everything I need in a fantasy, and everything a children's book should have. I think this really influenced my taste in literature. Irrevocably.
Stephanie
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. When I was in fourth grade, my teacher read it to us with silly voices for all the characters. I think that is what really made me love the story!
But the idea of the story is really neat and fun. It is a great, original fantasy story!
Bry
One of my favorite books ever. I read this as a kid and still have my copy, and have reread it so many times. Even as an adult since it just takes me back!
Cheryl
The girl rescues the prince! Love and compassion win! Humor and excitement abound! (What's not to love? :) By the author of The Indian in the Cupboard series.
Esti
Lynne Reid Banks' The Farthest Away Mountain is a fairy tale story with engaging peeks behind the scenes. The plot follows Dakin, an adolescent girl from a quaint village who wakes one morning certain that the nearby mountain has called her by name. Despite the fact that no one has visited it in living memory, she sets off to uncover its secrets, meeting a strange and often very funny set of creatures along the way. Many traditional fairy tale elements—an enchanted frog, a giant's castle—are rei ...more
Nieva21

One day a girl named Dakin hears a far mountain call to her. When she asks the mountain, if it did call her to come to it, it nods to her affirmatively. Dakin is almost fifteen-years old and dreams of nothing, but visiting the 'farthest-away mountain' as it's referred to, seeing a live gargoyle, and marrying a prince. So when boys from the village start asking her to marry them, she tells her family her reasons for firmly refusing them and remains without a husband. Her reasons being that she mu
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Sarah
Oh, so many mixed feels. I loved this when I was younger, but I can't really decide what I think of it now. It's a quest story, which is amazing, since usually quest stories are dominated by male heroes rather than female ones. However, the heroine conquers by having hysterics and displays of emotions rather than any true virtue of her own-- well, kindness, I suppose. What, an obstacle? LET ME LAUGH AND MY JOY WILL DEFEAT IT! What, another obstacle? LET ME CRY AND MY SORROW WILL DEFEAT IT. Her r ...more
Kim
May 20, 2014 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
I remembered a few things about this book that I remember being my first favorite chapter book in elementary school, and I finally was able to remember enough about it to Google it and find the title a few months ago. Such a fun book to read aloud to the kids. I was into it as much as they were and ended up reading longer than I normally do each night because nobody wanted me to stop.
Sarah
This gets three stars as a compromise - I would give it two, as it's a cute but predictable and unexceptional fairy tale, not in the same league as more sophisticated and gripping books such as Ella Enchanted. My daughter loved it though and told me it was the next book I HAD to read, so it obviously hits the mark with younger readers.
Jen McConnel
Dakin is an unusual girl. Not content with living in her quiet village and getting married one day, Dakin vows to visit the Farthest Away Mountain, meet a gargoyle, and wed a prince. One morning, the mountain calls to her, and so begins her rapid adventure battling the force of evil that has consumed the magical mountain. Through wit, bravery, and a few well-timed tears, Dakin defeats the evil wizard who has held the mountain in his thrall and recovers the mystical ring which will allow the reig ...more
Audrey
I re-read this book last night, after a hard day and in need of some comfort. And, I am happy to say, it ages well.

The story concerns a young girl named Dakin, who is independent, honest, kind, clever, brave, and very self-motivated. If you're looking for a fantasy/fairy-tale book that provides an excellent role model for girls, you've found one. Though she is wonderful, she is not without her flaws and moments of confusion, and she makes compelling friends along the way. My only real complaints
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Kay
Feb 20, 2009 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The strong-willed.
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2009
I'm rereading this, as it was one of my favorites when I was first starting to read chapter books. I still think it's beautifully written and vivid, the illustrations adding depth to the world, but my child-mind had made it a much more engrossing memory than my adult-mind can fathom.

What made me love this was Dakin's need to travel and SEE things. The Farthest Away Mountain calls to her and she decides, wisely, that she should see what it has to offer before rooting herself somewhere. As a wand
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Darlene
Feb 18, 2011 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone. It is a quick fun read.
Recommended to Darlene by: Cherylllr and Yvensong
Shelves: children, young-adult
A female that had brains, courage and a heart and soul that cared deeply for others. What more could we want from our main character? And Lynne Reid Banks took her on an adventure as fun and terrorizing as the boy in the _Indian in the Cupboard_ books. I would have given it five stars but in the end she was to marry. I wish more independent thought could have come in to show a woman of substance, it was copyrighted 1976 so Banks could have been braver.

All in all, though, it was a fun read and ha
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Ruby Hollyberry
Excellent quirky fantasy story from the gargoyles that adore being petted to the evil witch that spends her time turning the snow funny colors. The heroine is lots of fun and I really like the way she makes mistakes and forgets things and still triumphs with a little persistence. My only peeve is that I am TIRED of the villain of fantasy and sci fi stories being gay or an effeminate man, etc. This villain introduces a new wrinkle to this too-prevalent tendency by being a transvestite of sorts, e ...more
Melissa
It's been years since I last read this, so I can't really objectively judge it's literary merit, but I can remember loving and being obsessed with it growing up. I reread it constantly.
Rebecca Larson
Cute book! Read on the recommendation of my sister who has had it since she was little. I love the message to little girls, that being brave and wise and kind will get you far, and that you don't need to marry a prince to be happy.
Heather Gray-Losek
I remember doing a book report in 3rd or 4th grade on this book. Banks does an awesome job of creating memorable characters and worlds in her books. Nice, quick read as an adult.
Debbie
I just picked this up for a quick re-read. This was a book from elementary school that I read once and loved so much, the name stuck in my head and I was able to look it up years later. I loved fantasy as a child, and I think this book may be one of the reasons why.

Re-reading it, I can see why I loved it. Dakin is independent and adventurous, and the story has really vivid imagery. And I really like that the ending (view spoiler)
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Kayti
This book is engrained in my memory from childhood. I loved everything about it...the fantasy of it, yes. But I totally looked up to and admired Dakin. She was a strong-willed, determined woman who went through all kinds of obstacles and willingly embarked on this journey that could have easily killed her. I recently read it again after having gone years without having even seen it. It had lost some of its glitz over the years and I left a little dissapointed that it didn't have the same effect ...more
Ashley
I read this book dozen of times when I was younger. I absolutly loved it! It was such a great book of adventure.

Update 7.31.14
Since I loved this book as a child, I wanted my kids to enjoy it as much as I did. Which they did. They loved the book at ages 7 & 5.
I however did not love the book reading it as an adult. The writing truly is poor. It is interesting to see as an adult how much you truly change and are able to see great writing as opposed to mediocre and just plain awful. I'm sad that
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Elizabeth Tangora
Yeah, it was a kids' book; but it was sweet and imaginative. Read it in a few hours in the hospital, and it was a great mood-lifter. The story is creative and the characters are fun, and even though it keeps a straight face thoughout the fairy-tale tone is still winking enough to not be cliche. Plus, it's feminist-safe: the girl follows her dreams, conquers her fears, uses her wits to survive, realizes one of her dreams (marrying the prince) wasn't such a great idea and marries the nice scholarl ...more
Jill
So I spent years racking my brain trying to find this book. This was one of my favorite books when I was a child and the book I give credit for my love of reading.
I have to say I still loved reading! I know some of that is the sentimental feelings of the book, but it's a really great story about a girl who goes on an adventure alone and basically saves her world. I always like when children's and teen books have brave girls that may have vulnerability but are strong females. If I have a little
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Lynne Reid Banks is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty books, including the best-selling children's novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and been made into a film.
Banks was born in London, the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks. She was evacuated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during World War II but returned after
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The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #1) The Return of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #2) The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #3) The Mystery of the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #4) The Key to the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #5)

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