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The Ancient One

(The Adventures of Kate #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,918 ratings  ·  112 reviews

When Kate travels to Oregon for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie's cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. Caught up in the struggle to help protect the redwood forest from loggers, Kate is thrown back in time five hundred years and finds herself facing the evil c
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Puffin Books (first published September 16th 1992)
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Maritza My brother read this book in his 5th grade class about 24 years ago. It is in our tween section of the library so I would imagine 10-12 years. Its sti…moreMy brother read this book in his 5th grade class about 24 years ago. It is in our tween section of the library so I would imagine 10-12 years. Its still one of my favorite books!(less)

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Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book several times. I tend to wait until I have forgotten the end or at least parts of the middle before reading it again. Since I've probably read it 4 times now (over a 15 year span), it probably merits more stars. That being said, its probably close to 3.25 stars in terms of writing and creativity for an adult. However, the twist with the Native American culture and the time travel adventure make the book quite enjoyable. Further, its written for young adults and I think I re ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been not wanting to read this book. (I haven't even read the first book, but I didn't know that.) I'm actually quite surprised about how good it turned out. The story went by pretty past, but there were some moment where I wanted to slap Kate with her own book. ...more
Jeni C.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favorite books in middle school. I took it with me to college, and I really enjoy revisiting it. The plot is engaging, magical, and it makes you think about the life you lead.
Jun 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've been meaning to read this book for probably ten years, and I am happy I finally did! Fortunately, it is a stand alone book as I don't remember much about the first book in the trilogy. It's a good story of magic, time travel and lost cultures with a prominent - but not obnoxiously so - environmental message. ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars. Review to come.
Riella Cristobal
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This collection by T. A. Barron has been sitting on my shelf for a few years now. I flew through the first book in the series, but never finished the second. I knew if I ever really started it, I would be able to easily read it. However, I just never really got into it. I would read a chapter and put it to the side. So for the prompt “A book you never finished”, I chose to finally take this book off the TBR pile, and finish it!
The Ancient One follows Kate who is visiting her aunt in Oregon, a b
Talbot Hook
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serendipitously, I found this book among the scarce stacks of our school's library; remembering my immense, lasting fondness for Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin series, I thought it would be permissible to add a Y.A. novel to my current reading list. In trying to analyze this book, it might be good to break it down into two categories: youth Talbot and teacher Talbot — imagining what I would have wanted as a child/preteen and stating what is good for young readers, in turn, as a teacher. The t ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book as a kid, and enjoyed reading it again as an adult.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read for all ages.

I first read this in grade school or junior high and loved it then. Kate is a strong, female protagonist and a great person for a young girl to read about. I appreciated that even with the strong environmental themes, Barron still recognized the challenge of people needing jobs and valuing the individuals who do cut down trees by making some of the loggers more human rather than completely evil (like one).

After just rereading Heartlight, however, Kate's developmen
Well written but it suffers a bit from being a little dated, formulaic, and simplistic.

I'm a tree hugger, but Barron's brushing off of the townsfolk's economic concerns just rubbed me the wrong way. "Well, it's your own fault that you don't have any trees to cut down anymore" might be completely true, but it's not really a productive thing to say when you're trying to persuade people.

"This would only delay the inevitable for about a year" is a little more productive - there's more substance to i
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teen and her great aunt try to save an untouched forest from destruction at the hands of loggers desperate for work in a weak economy. Also, she travels through time, meets a bunch of supernatural creatures, and fights a demon dinosaur.

The Ancient One is exactly the kind book I devoured when I was in elementary/middle school. The magical elements remind me of The Neverending Story a little, and I liked Kate's pluck and courage. The moral is hammered home perhaps a little bit too heavy-handedl
Ryan Mishap
Can't resist those books set in Oregon. A teenager has to move in with her Grandma in a little logging town. There, she is caught up in the debate over logging the last remaining forest--but people think it is in a crater lake-like natural fortress which no one has been able to get into. The loggers are determined to blast a way in and the grandma is determined to stop them.
Meanwhile, the teenager is transported back in time to when the native people's of the area lived in the crater. Events
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up because of the rave review on the back from Madeleine L'Engle. I'm not surprised they solicited her for a blurb, as it's a quite similar story to her "An Acceptable Time" - young girl and a problematic young man travel back in time to meet a Native American tribe. This book however, takes a more typical quest-story format, has more fantastic elements, and has a more blatant (but well-done) environmentalist message. (The main plot element has to do with saving a lost stand of ancie ...more
Stuart Phoenix
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I've not read this book for a very long time. I believe I read it when I was in second or third grade, after my sister told me it was good. It made such a lasting impression on us both that for years we tried to find it again. I'm nearly 30 now and I still think about how much I enjoyed it way back when. I think it says a lot about a book if it can stick with someone for most of their lives like that. Got a young reader in the house? Give them this and feed their mind holes, it'll be w ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I cried at the end of it.

The emotion that this book managed to evoke was brilliant. I hadn't read the first one in the series, hadn't even heard of it, but I picked this one up because I enjoyed the other books this author writes.' It is one of those books that makes a home in your heart and never leaves.
As much as I like T.A Barron-and I do-this just wasn't for me. All of the elements were there to make a really neat story, but for some reason, it just did not come together. There's also the possibility that the rave review from Madeline L'Engle just set my expectations a little too high.

That said, there were cool parts in the book. The pond with the green worms was neat, and tiny bits such as the one with the hot chocolate or the rocks talking showed some of the spark present in the Merlin boo
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't like to rate something by T.A. Baron so low, but this book, being plot-driven rather than character-driven, was not to my taste. The characters were simple and flat, but likable. The plot was simple but not entirely predictable. There was plenty of rich setting description which sometimes grew dry. In spite of those things, the ideas and the sense of hope which the book left me with are still lingering in my mind. ...more
Jennifer Dugan
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Favorite book when I was a kid. I read it so many times my copy is falling apart. I used to dream of going to the magical world inside the crater. On Easter Island there is a crater that is lush and green inside with water at the bottom. For some reason it made me think of this book and I was like hmm I wonder if I can find the secret entrance 🤣
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like many of the other reviewers, I read this in middle school. It remains one of my favorite books. It has a message I feel that we all need to hear and in a sea of fantasy novels, the story still stands out to me. This is one to read.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was one of my favorites as a kid and it's still a great story. It's a young adult book that I think most adults should read. Plus, it's a bonus that I'm from the Pacific Northwest and the story is based in Oregon. This is one of those books that can transport you to another place in time. ...more
Mara M
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-read, owned
This was a book from my youth that got me into reading fantasy. Part of my 4.5 stars rating is nostalgia, but I do think it deserves it in its own right as well. Simple enough for someone 10-12 to read, but robust enough an adult could find joy in reading it.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the book that inspired my desire to visit the Pacific Northwest all those many years ago. Enjoyable to read it again.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been going back and rating some of my favorite novels from my teenage years. I just loved this one.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: would-read-again
This is one of those books you read as a kid and never forget, with adult eyes I appreciate it even more.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books from my childhood.
Heather Rose
Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Much better than the first installment.
Erika Emmons
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is by far a childhood favorite of mine. I have re-read it at least twice. Great for young children.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorites when I was younger! I remember buying a copy at my 7th grade book fair. I read it so many times I finally had to get rid of it because pages were falling out of it. I was ecstatic to find it at the library I work at. A wonderful story that is more than just about magic and time traveling. A deeper theme of taking care of our earth runs through the book. I loved rereading this as an adult. I recently shared this book in a book talk. I hope a whole new generation can c ...more
Jenna Brooks
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading the Kate series in reverse order having started with The Merlin Effect. The second book doesn't disappoint and Kate remains courageous and compassionate. Now I'm off to read Book #1. Highly recommended as a fun read if you like adventure with a bit of fantasy and time travel thrown in. ...more
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T.A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature” and many other awards. T. A. Barron is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include The Lost Years of Merlin (now being d ...more

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