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Through the Hidden Door by Rosemary Wells
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bookshelves: young-adult-lit-30, first-10-for-ya-lit-class

Interesting adventure stroy. Barney, the main character finds himself in a very "Chocolate War" type situation when his boarding school headmaster, some teachers and a gang of bullies who used to be his chums try forcing him to switch schools. He joins with another outcast who believes he has found an ancient Pygmy city. And, of course, they excavate it together? However dumb it sounds, it actually is a pretty good read. It is short and is, for the most part, fun.

I would be hesitant to recommend this to audiences under a certain age due to language, underage drinking, violence (including animal cruelty) and, above all, the fact that the protagonist's father, an antiques dealer, gives him a pistol to take to school to protect himself from bullies. I'm not sure what the author was thinking when she made that choice, but, in her defense, this was written before school shootings were the concern that they are today.
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