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Between Two Ends

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  227 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
When Yeats and his parents visit his grandmother's creepy old house, Yeats reunites a pair of pirate bookends and uncovers the amazing truth: Years ago, Yeats's father traveled into The Arabian Nights with a friend, and the friend, Shari, is still stuck in the tales. Assisted by the not-always-trustworthy pirates, Yeats must navigate the unfamiliar world of the story of Sh ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mar 09, 2013 Kinga rated it liked it
'Between Two Ends' relies on childrens-book all time favourite premise of the characters being transported into the story they are reading. Nothing excites bookworm children more that the possibility of that happening. I should know I was one.

Yeats (yes, there is a lot references to poetry in the book) ends up inside '1001 Arabian Nights'. I really wouldn't want to reveal more of the plot because the 'exposition' is done so brilliantly I wouldn't want to spoil it. It's better to enter the myster
Deborah Milagros
Book: Between Two Ends (2011)

Author: David Ward

My Story with: The book was released May 2011 and I got a copy from Amulet Books via NetGalley a long time before that. This is the first galley I finished reading using my new and addictive Kindle, but I started reading it using Aldiko on my Android device.

My View: The book was not what I was expecting. I was thinking the story was a more adult orientated one, but I was gladly surprised when I started reading it. Other than the constant mention of
Becky B
Yeats' father has had issues with depression for just about as long as he can remember. Yeats is starting to worry because it seems to be getting worse and he can tell his mom is about ready to give up on his dad. His dad says he is making one more attempt to conquer this by going to visit his mother for a weekend, and the rest of the family comes with him. It soon becomes clear that the depression was brought on by an event that happened twenty years ago in that house, and it somehow involved a ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-13-read
Like the concept, but it started off a little slow and not sure it will grab students... Have finally got into the story... Liked the sea of words and the pirate insults... Will comment when done...

a high 3 stars but will kids make it past exposition?
Jan 04, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-or-ya, kindle
Christmas Gift
This was an interesting reading experience. It was well-written and interesting, but it was paced somewhat oddly. I had planned to read only the beginning and then go to bed, but the story moved well and I found myself going ahead and continuing to the next chapter each time one ended. However, I kept glancing down at the Kindle notation that tells me how far into the book I've already gotten, and being surprised to see how much of it I'd already read. The first third of the book w
Maria Gryzlo
Apr 12, 2016 Maria Gryzlo rated it it was amazing
Personally, this was an exceptionally easy read. I enjoyed it from start to finish. But, the beginning was a little slow and picked up pace after the first couple chapters. I was intrigued to find the connections between the famous classic "1001 Arabian Nights" and how the ending came together. Without spoiling it, I'll say that I wish there was a sequel to this book. It really left me wondering what would happen next if another book was to be written. Altogether, I definitely recommend this to ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Cayla rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story - which reminded me at least in theme of Inkheart and The Great Good Thing. All three of these books have interested me simply because they play with the idea of books (and their inward workings) themselves and it's always interesting to see an author's take on the idea. I particularly liked Between Two Ends because the characters were sucked into Arabian Nights; I've been on a prolonged kick with desert and middle eastern story settings so I was very pleased with the exotic ...more
Deborah Andreasen
Aug 01, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it it was amazing
I have, like, 17 book reviews in my queue, but I HAD to bump this one up to the front. I started this book yesterday morning...and finished last night.

What a fantastic book! I loved it. The adventure was intriguing, the story was interesting, the details about magic, books and wishes were brilliant. It was clean, it was entertaining, it was awesome. I was not disappointed at all. The ending was a lead in to a sequel, and I can't wait to read it.

I was, however, a little confused by some things. I
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Between Two Ends is a fun, rollicking adventure set in an old Maine house surrounded by literature and the dusky landscape of the classic One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Yeats, a boy of 12, has the weight of the world on his shoulders – or more like the pressure to keep his family together. He’s young, but intelligent. His father seems to be falling into insanity and all Yeats can do is try to hold him up. This makes him wise beyond his years and quite the courageous boy.

Yeats instantly gra
kristin (paper reader)
Apr 14, 2011 kristin (paper reader) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good adventure
Shelves: 2011, ya, arc, netgalley
Between Two Ends tells the adventurous story of Yeats (and the equally adventurous story of his father, William) while visiting his grandmother's house in Maine. His father is fighting depression leaving his parents at odds with each other after so many years of trying to find treatment. Yeats desperately wants to keep his family together and risks it all to save them - and also help repair his father's image.

This was a really clever book. One of the downsides to a lot of children's literature
Jenn (Booksessed)
Apr 14, 2011 Jenn (Booksessed) rated it it was amazing

I picked this book because I thought it sounded really interesting and because the main characters name was Yeats. However, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The grandmother's house is the kind of house I would love. It's mysterious, there are tons of places to explore, there's even a wishing well on the grounds. The most mysterious place in the house is the library, it comes complete with a cat that doesn't appear to age, and pirate bookends that
May 07, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Things aren't good between Yeats' parents and he doesn't know why. They have come to visit his Gran to try to help his father come out of the depression that continues to plague him. Yeats quickly discovers that there is more going on than he ever dreamed. He finds a pair of bookends that allow him to travel inside any book. When he learns that his father's depression is related to the disappearance of a girl into the Arabian Nights twenty years earlier, he determines that the only way to help h ...more
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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I picked up this book from the shelves at the library based solely on it's cover-do you SEE..that cover!? The artwork is INSANELY beautiful. I LOVE middle-grade cover art, like, to the point of obsession. When I finally got around to tearing my eyes away from the front of the book, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I read the synopsis. A musty library..pirates..transport directly INTO books!? Are you kidding me!? Yes..PLEASE.

I wasn't completely blown away by magic and
Jul 21, 2011 Ms.Gaye rated it liked it
This tale of fantasy and adventure contains a story within a story. 12-year-old Yeats finds himself in the dangerous land of the Thousand and One Arabian Nights, a book of folk & fairy tales set in long-ago Arabia. He is transported over a sea of words by two pirates, Skin and Bones.
It all started when Yeats, along with his dad and mom, decided to visit Gran in her eerie house. After the weird cat Odysseus leads Yeats to the pirate bookends and to the ancient book, true adventure begins. Yea
Ken J.
Jul 19, 2011 Ken J. rated it really liked it
The aspiration of every storyteller is to make the reader believe that they are part of the story. But what if the story is so real, so wonderful, that the reader forgets and instead believes the fiction? And what if you had to get that reader to remember that it’s not real, because by doing so you might help someone you love? What if by even attempting it, you might also become caught in the story’s grasp and become lost to reality forever?

That’s the dilemma facing twelve-year-old Yeats Traffor
May 18, 2011 Jex rated it liked it
Every reader has dreamed of entering the world portrayed in the books they read. This tale tells the story of one girl, Shari, that got her wish. Not only did she join the world of Arabian Nights that she loved reading about, but she played the role of one of her favorite characters, Shaharazad. The only problem with entering the book realm is that over time you lose yourself in the book, as every reader does, and forget where you came from to begin with. The only way to break the wish and retur ...more
May 25, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
I loved the idea behind this story. Young Yeats must venture into a book to save a friend of his father's who has been trapped there for many years. When the story starts, Yeats has no idea of what happened to his father when he was younger, nor does his mother. Yeats' grandmother and the young girl in question's father, though, know a lot about magic and travelling into books and such. SO WHY DO THEY NEVER SAY ANYTHING?? Nowhere is it implied that all of this is a big secret and that people who ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jul 11, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Every child who loves stories wishes at least once in their lifetime the ability to be a part of the story. In the book "Between Two Ends" we find this is exactly what has happened. Yeats Trafford has returned to his grandmother's house with his mother and father. His parent's marriage is falling apart because of his father' depression. Yeats learns that his father and a young girl had entered the story of The Arabian Nights when they were children. Her father wished himself out of the story but ...more
May 30, 2011 Trisha rated it liked it
A middle grade fantasy, Between Two Ends takes readers on a trip into 1001 Nights as the young protagonist, Yeats, attempts to save Shari who has been lost in the story for twenty years.

The concept of going into books is one I (and probably most readers) very much appreciate. The thought of actually entering our favorite stories, of interacting with the characters, smelling the air, touching the objects, tasting the food, tantalizes. I am not sure if it was my first experience with this conceit,
Sue Morris
May 20, 2011 Sue Morris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle graders, boys, adventure lovers
Yeats Trafford, age 12, visits his grandmother, who lives in a creepy house which has more than the usual creeks and moans. The garden seems able to sense Yeats presence, especially near the old wishing well. From that weird experience, Yeats uncovers an old pirate bookend that was “kicked out” of the library 20 years earlier. Yeats cleans the old guy and takes him to gran’s library, reuniting him with his matching bookend. From there, a strange yet believable world opens up to Yeats. He has hea ...more
Baley Petersen
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Some books are so good that you want to get lost in them. You want to wander the streets of Revolution's France, smell the salty Sea Wolf's air, and wish upon Pinocchio's stars. What story would you choose to wake up in?

Yeats is a smart kid. He knows that his dad, William, has been depressed for a very long time and that his parents are on the verge of divorce. He also knows that for some reason, this trip to his grandmothers house i
Apr 16, 2011 Savanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I don't often review middle-grade books. I have nothing against them, I just tend to enjoy the more complex characters and plots that I find in older YA books. When I read the summary for this book, however, I knew that this was going to be one of the exceptions.
This book was comforting. That's the best way to describe it. Reading this book was like watching a movie from childhood. The main character is a child who is trying to hold his family together. In spite of being faced with a depressed
Lisa Schensted
In a sentence or so: Yeats must save a childhood friend of his father who is trapped inside of a classic story before she gets stuck there forever.

Things haven't been great between Yeats's parents. His mother tries to be patient with his father's moods and the family frequently moves to try and help the situation. Nothing is working. Yeats knows, even as a pre-teen, that his parents are headed for a split. He just wishes there was something, ANYTHING, he could do to break his father's gloom once
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
The book is told entirely from Yeats's perspective, which works because he's a pretty great character. Resourceful and (for the most part) smart, he has a lot at stake and as a reader you honestly want him to succeed.

The story runs at a slower pace than I'm used to for a YA novel, although that's not a bad thing. It takes its time, but the journey is an enjoyable one and it doesn't meander. There's nothing dragging it down, it runs at the pace it's meant to and does such a wonderful job building
Apr 18, 2011 Cleffairy rated it really liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 18 April 2011

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Between Two Ends by David Ward is one fantastic, satisfying read. It’s all I ever want in an adventure-fairy tale kind of fiction. You see, I’ve always adored the Arabian Nights… and the story of Scheherezade, the legendary Persian Queen who spin stories night after night for her beloved husband who only marries a virgin and sends them to the gallow the day after their wedding because of the betraya
Melissa Roach
Apr 19, 2011 Melissa Roach rated it it was amazing
When Yeats and his parents visit his grandmother's creepy old house, Yeats reunites a pair of pirate bookends and uncovers the amazing truth: Years ago, Yeats's father traveled into The Arabian Nights with a friend, and the friend, Shari, is still stuck in the tales. Assisted by the not-always-trustworthy pirates, Yeats must navigate the unfamiliar world of the story of Shaharazad--dodging guards and tigers and the dangerous things that lurk in the margins of the stories--in order to
Apr 26, 2011 L_manning rated it it was amazing
The idea of being lost in a story is familiar to almost any avid reader. It's a reason many of us read. To escape the world and become part of a new one. This is what happens to young Yeats in Between Two Ends. He goes into a story to rescue someone who has become lost in the book. Literally.

I loved this book! There was a beautiful mix of poetry and drama. Of course, what would you expect of a book with the main character named for a famous poet. It was a quick read, but it never felt rushed. Th
Aug 07, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
First Impression: I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. It's been on my Kindle a bit too long and since it made it to the YA Book Battle this year, I figured I'd start with this one.

While Reading: Between Two Worlds is definitely an engaging story with some similarities to Inkheart, only instead of having characters switching worlds, you can only enter the stories yourself and hopefully leave them as well. Yeats has quite a deal of problems with his parents always fighting and his dad alwa
Apr 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs, fantasy
Between Two Ends is a clever kids book that might just get your child to read classic literature. The idea of actually experiencing the stories one reads isn't new, but this book does it well. The scenery is lush, the characters are real, and there are plenty of funny moments for both kids and adults. There are surprisingly many plotlines, but they all tie together nicely and a happy ending is had by all. And who wouldn't want a stuffed library in an interesting old house with talking pirate boo ...more
I was expecting this to be wittier, more like The Phantom Tollbooth due to being trapped in a book, but it was not. It is much more of a straightforward action adventure story, and a good one at that. I liked the family dynamics more than the action, the marital strain and portrait of a disintegrating family was done well, so that I was rooting for them as a unit.

My favorite part of the book was the one passage with the crow. Nothing in the book lived up to the creepiness of the well expelling a
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David Ward was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his master's degree. He is the author of the Grassland trilogy and is a writer and university instructor in children's literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three children.
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