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The Map That Breathed

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A mysterious map of another world plunges two friends into the adventure of a lifetime

"Suddenly the map darkened as if someone had dimmed the light.
'Did you see that?' whispered Billy.
A fetid wind came barreling out of the window and sand whipped around in the hole. The two of them watched in astonishment as the map trembled and inhaled.
'It's breathing,' gasped Nora. 'T
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jul 27, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The Map That Breathed explores our world and a fantasy world, all without the use of anything called magic. People have skills different from what people in our world have, but they are just that, different skills. All the personality types - the socialites, the recluses, the scholars - are presented as valuable, each having his own weaknesses and strengths. Refreshingly, those characters who value facts over emotion or solitude over companionship, the kinds of characters who are often considere ...more
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Mar 06, 2015 Faye K rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers
Sure, this is a book for kids, but one that's going to stay on my shelf for a re-read! Rarely do I find a book that I can't figure out the correlation between characters! Most so called adult books get tedious that way, but not this one! Yes, it has the moral messages for the young, but we all need these reminders! Just a damn good read!
I am always pleased when I discover a fantasy story that is different, and this one is.

I'm a sucker for stories where children travel to other worlds, so that was the hook for me. But it's also a bit of a mystery, which parallels between our world and the other world, and involves people from each. As they face mystery, and danger, I found the characters believable and likeable. I really like the way the children truly did have fear and reluctance at times, while forcing themselves to do what wa
May 23, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Picked this up off the library shelf on a whim, based on the cover and the title (I didn't even have time to read the book flaps because I had to go chase my kids!) After chapter 1, I was thinking that maybe it wasn't such a good pick, but a few chapters later I was hooked. Yes, much was predictable, and I've seen many of the story elements used before, but they were twisted into a new plot in an engaging way. If I find a moment, I'll look for some more books by this author.
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Feb 09, 2014 Dayna Smith rated it liked it
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Billy is a young boy who can create gates between worlds. Nora is a young girl who can travel between worlds. When Billy sends Nora to Sanasarea the Provisioner, a monster who feeds on children, is released into our world. Only Nora and Billy together can defeat the Provisioner, but Nora has lost her memory and Billy can't travel to Sanasarea to find her. A great tale for boys and girls.
Jun 16, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it
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Trying trying trying to get into this. . . but the writing feels way too stiff and stilted for me to get lost in. SIGH.
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Melanie Gideon is the author of the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and a New York Times bestseller, as well as three young adult novels. Her latest novel, Wife 22, will be translated into 26 languages and is currently in development with Working Title Films. She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisc ...more
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