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Kneeknock Rise

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,340 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair, he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise: On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold, an undiscovered creature raises its voice and moans. Nobody knows what it is—nobody has ever dared to try to find out and come back again. Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 1970)
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Jun 24, 2012 K. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-tween-age
Another on the possible read-aloud list that probably won't make the cut for various reasons.

1) I LOVE the name of the mountain, which is the name of the book, it is pretty creative. Local people are frightened of it, so they call it "Knee-knock Rise." The small town at the base is called, also creatively, Instep.

2)I'm just not sure what Babbitt was getting at here. As much as I really don't like to put words into someone else's mouth, I feel there could be several interpretations, which I wil
Apr 21, 2008 Annette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Tuck Everlasting
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Like Tuck Everlasting, this is a thought provoking book. I didn't like it as much as Tuck, but I did enjoy it. I think the whole message of the book can be found in the poem written by Uncle Ott:

I visited a certain king
Who had a certain fool.
The king was gray with wisdom got
From forty years of schol.
The fool was pink with nonsense
And could barely write his name
But he knew a lot of little songs
And sang them just the same.
The fool was gay. The king was not.
Now tell me if you can:
Which was perhaps
Dec 02, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading Tuck Everlasting made me want to read all of Natalie Babbitt's books for young readers. The Megrimum is a bellowing creature that lives on top of the rise. No one knows what it is, but they all live in its shadow. When Egan arrives to stay with his mother's family in the village of Instep, he gets caught up in the legend and decides to climb the rise and become a hero--with surprising results. The book is a parable. It asks the question: who is the wise man and who is the fool? Parents ...more
Jamie Dacyczyn
Very fast read, obviously, because it's a 120 page childrens book. I needed a break from the heavy-handed sci-fi that I was reading. I picked this up because I loved "Tuck Everlasting" and this was by the same author.

I don't know about anyone else, but this book felt like a God allegory. A small village has a local legend of a mythical beast that lives at the top of a cliff on their mountain, which howls loudly during heavy rain/lighting storms. Everyone is scared of it (but also kind of fond o
Apr 06, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-ya, 2008
I thought I was going to love this book. Halfway through, I was sure I was going to love it. It ended up leaving me with a lot of thoughts, but mixed feelings. The fact that this brief children's book left me thinking quite deeply is a sign of how good the book was, but still. I think I wanted something different out of it in the end.

One of the blurbs on the back of the book describes it as a "new folktale," and that's probably an apt description. The story tells the tale of a boy named Egan as
Jun 26, 2016 Lillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, 4-star

Natalie Babbitt is one of my favorite authors from my childhood, and set a goal to read four award-winning books this year, so I figured I'd reread Kneeknock Rise. It's a Newbery Honor Book and I had forgotten some of the details, plus it's a super quick read. I read it in just a few hours, with breaks to eat and talk with friends. I love Babbitt's writing because how beautifully she uses words and imagery, so the quality of her writing always deserves five stars in my opinion. However, I found

Mar 20, 2010 Hannahd713 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
I LOVED THIS BOOK. i loved uncle Ott's poems. I think unce Ott was my favorite character because he very wise. He was just so simple. I didn't understand at first, I ended up reading the book twice before really understand the message in this book (there are a few) but the one that really stuck with me is that simple can be rather good. Sometimes things don't have to be exaggerated to make it sound good. Simplicity is a really natural, good thing.
Tim Vandenberg
Jul 18, 2014 Tim Vandenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This brief, yet profound, tale for grades 3-7 teaches the power of stubborn belief, and people's unwillingness to change their long-held worldviews, no matter the facts to the contrary. People naturally tend to be highly skilled at explaining away any ideas contrary to their own deeply-held beliefs, and this book teaches this truth quite well.

Consider Babbitt's words on p. 111: "...[I]t doesn't really matter. The only thing that matters is whether you want to believe...or not...And if your mind
Jun 17, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2014
The Megrimum lives atop the Kneeknock Rise, howling on stormy days and nights. In the small town of Instep stationed near the foot of the "mountain", no one has seen him but all are weary, taking precocious measures. For thousands of years, and for a thousand more he will continue to live atop Kneeknock Rise and the villagers will continue to live in fear.

I did not want to incorporate any of the characters in my review. The plot of the story does not so much as surround the protagonist, as it d
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Steph Su
Jan 21, 2014 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase-classes
While I fell for this book almost from the get-go--there is something about its haunting narration that befits the fable-esque tale it's telling and evokes fireplace storytelling nights--I was worried that my EL410 kids would have trouble getting into the book. The vocabulary is more difficult, the prose is old-fashioned, and this book came on the heels of Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, which is silly and straightforward and easy.

I needn't have worried. My kids blew me away with how much they cou
This was an odd book. A fable of people believing something, even when the thing they believe in is proven wrong. I think it could have been more enjoyable for me, had I gone into it knowing it wasn't terribly 'brilliant' in its outcome. I'll put it in my classroom library and perhaps my students will enjoy it.
In this Newbery Honor Book, young Egan visits his mother's family in a nearby town. The town has always been afraid of a creature called a Megrimum that lives on a nearby mountain. In fact, the town even has an annual fair that draws visitors from all around to hear the Megrimum's roars during the storms. When Egan discovers the truth about the Megrimum, he must wrestle with the importance of belief to the community.

This book would be appropriate for independent readers between nine and twelve
Dec 10, 2008 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-08, children-s
This is a quick read "fable-like" book. Interesting theme,
my favorite quote,
"Is it better to be wise if it makes you solemn and practical, or is it better to be foolish so you can go on enjoying tourself?"
Something to think about.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is my favorite of all Babbitt's books. Her style of writing here reminds me of Hermann Hesse, sort of mystical and dreamy. Highly recommended!
Nov 06, 2014 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't like books that have "lessons" in them, but I thought this book did a good job with the idea it was trying to convey, which was something along the lines of that sometimes it's better to just let the people believe in something because it makes them happy (which is weird to think about, considering the people of Instep lived in fear of being killed by the Megrimum), even if you know it's not true. I thought it was interesting how the point they made at the end connected back to t ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
This book is about a boy who hears about a legend that says there is a monster that lives at the top of a mountain. He wants to climb to the top of the mountain to see if this is real. He ends up climbing it and find out that there really isn't a monster at the top and he tries to tell people but they don't believe him.
I liked this book. I think it shows us how much society wants to believe in something whether it is good or bad. They want to believe there is something else besides their day to
Nov 02, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of supernatural stories
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Laura Verret
From the author of Tuck Everlasting… which I haven’t read, but I’m assuming some of you have. ;)

The Story.

Egan is excited to be visiting his cousins in Instep village for their annual Fair. After all, exciting things never happen in his own city! But what promises to be even more exciting than the fair is the Megrimmum.

Looking down on Instep is a mountain called Kneeknock Rise. This is where the Megrimmum lives. No one has ever seen the Megrimmum, but they’ve heard its howls and screams during t
Oct 05, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery, realistic
This was a perfect little fable-like tale. The language was wonderful: "It moaned like a lonely demon, like a mad despairing animal, like a huge and anguished something chained forever in its own great tragic disappointments." Wow.

The story itself is quite thought-provoking. I thought it was spot on in its depiction of people who sorta-kinda know deep down that there isn't really a monster, but want to believe there is because it makes life more interesting. I know a lot of people don't like th
Oct 23, 2011 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yaya: I remember when Ethan climbed up Kneeknock rise and he find a laughing man called Uncle Ott. On the bottom of Kneeknock Rise there was a cave with a spring. There was a Megrimum on Kneeknock rise and it was a hole in the ground. Uncle Ott said it's possible if the people want to believe in the Megrimum because they didn't want to believe in Ethan. A rock from the mountain came and they said that's the Megrimum. I remember when Annabelle was under the bed and the aunt said, "come out there, ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Feb 14, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a land of flat plains there sits a ridge of hill, and on the very top one, the one always embraced by a cloak of mist, there dwells a beast. The people of Instep, the town closest to Kneeknock Rise, hold a fair each autumn, when the weather turns surly and the Megrimum atop the hill begins to moan. It is to this fair that Egan is bound. Here he learns the nature of the beast, and the best ways to ward it off – candles, onions, wishbones, poppies and bells. Especially bells. Bright-eyed people ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. My 8-year-old enjoyed it as well. I thought she'd be too spooked by the lurking presence up on the rise, but she wasn't. She even thought it was funny that it turned out to be not what everyone expected. I liked the writing. There are some especially beautiful passages of prose and that is why I gave it 5 stars, even though I thought a few of the characters weren't my favorites (the cousin was obnoxious!). This paragraph-especially the end- in particular made me pine for boo ...more
Kasey H
May 03, 2013 Kasey H is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
April 29, 2013

I've read several books since the last Good Reads. I enjoyed "Tuck Everlasting" so much, that I've tried to get, and read more books by Natalie Babbitt. I don't enjoy fiction books as much as realistic fiction books, but Natalie Babbitt can make the fiction books great! So now I need to tell you the book I'm reading! Knee Knock Rise, obviously by Natalie Babbitt! So I should probably follow the directions about what our Good Reads this week is supposed to be about.
Egan is the m
May 24, 2013 Gale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Young Egan is traveling by chandler's cart to the distant village of Instep, to enjoy their annual fair, where he will
stay with relatives. (The setting is deliberately vague as to country and date.) But the guests and tourists expect much more than a delightful day in the country with special foods, games and craft booths. They want mist, rain and a big storm as a lugubrious prelude to the audible terror who dwells at the top of a mound called Kneeknock Rise. (W
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Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babbitt-natalie
Instep is built at the foot of Knee-knock Rise, a rugged cliff whose peak is shrouded in mist. When it rains, dreadful moans and groans come from the peak. The people believe that the noises are made by the Megrimum, a dreadful beast that eats dogs and people. Each year, many people come to Instep for the fair and for a chance to hear the Megrimum. When Egan comes to visit his Uncle Anson and Aunt Gertrude, it rains on the first evening of the fair, and the Megrimum is heard. Ada, Egan's cousin, ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Rowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the small village of Instep, everyone fears the Megrimum, a monster that lives on Kneeknock Rise, the peak of the tallest of the Mammoth Mountains. Nobody knows what this monster looks like or why it lives there, but it is believed that the storms anger him, and the cats of the village who chose to climb the mountain have seen him.
Nobody dares to climb the mountain, but when a boy named Egan visits the town, he decides to do so once and for all. What is the truth to Kneeknock Rise?

Michael Fitzgerald
Nothing extraordinary, just a decent story. As with Tuck Everlasting, this book seems to be unbalanced, with too much in the first half and not enough in the second. I fail to see what it is about Babbitt's books that some people find award-worthy.
May 26, 2010 Janeen-san rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant little book, by Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting, another great book.
I finished this book, only 118 pages, in one day! It was very well written. Kneeknock Rise tells the story of a young boy called Egan as he takes a dare from his rude cousin and climbs the dangerous Knee-knock Rise to slay the deadly Megrimum, a monster who has been harming the villagers.
What he discovers there will change everything and everyone--and he will see how strong the power of believin
Apr 09, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
A very enjoyable, thought-provoking read.

loved this description:
"A mumble of thunder complained from far away and then the clouds parted and the moon rode free. Instantly the mist was luminous, and Egan, with a gasp, felt as if he had suddenly been tucked inside a bubble. Looking up, he saw the moon as a shapeless radiance, like a candle seen through steamy glass. Each drop of moisture in the mist had become a tiny prism, filtering and fanning the dim light into a million pale rainbows of softe
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Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore on July 28, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She has 3 children and is married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She is a grandmother of 3 and lives in Rhode Island.

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“But it's enough, just having this day. It's the knowing there's something different, something special up there waiting. It's the knowing you could choose to change your days--climb up there and throw yourself right down the throat of the only and last and greatest terrible secret in the world. Except you don't climb up.” 17 likes
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