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The Door at the End of the World

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Step into the worlds outside our own as Lucy Eberslee must find a way to stop a dangerous force that threatens the fate of the eight worlds in Caroline Carlson’s latest middle grade novel.

What begins as a rather unremarkable Tuesday quickly turns to disaster when Lucy, the Gatekeeper’s deputy, discovers that her boss has vanished and the door connecting Lucy’s world to the
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Nicole Valentine
Caroline Carlson pulled off the perfect trifecta of middle grade adventure, humor and surprise in this sci-fi/fantasy novel. Part Diana Wynne Jones, part Pratchett - this book will easily be a new favorite. Lucy is the perfect heroine with both pluck and self doubt. Readers get to look at their own world a bit sideways, proving to them a new perspective is around every corner.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an adult, but this book was great. The characters were interesting and the idea of multiple worlds was complex enough to keep me hooked. The action was pretty fast, which made it all the more fun. It’s not always easy to find books that can be enjoyed by all ages, but this is one.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wish there'd been more; the story galloped along briskly in that really nice middle grade fantasy adventure way of magical happenings and bright changes of scene and mood (with, you know, a herd of magically intelligent cows arriving on the scene, as they do) and then there was the peaceful gathering of loose ends (which is one of the parts I like best in mg fantasy), and then...the last page and it was over. Sigh.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think my grade fives will love it too! Adventure, humour (loved the bees! ) friendship, mystery and gates to other worlds! What more could you want!
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

I have the budget and readership for about 10% of the fantasy books for middle grade that are published, and my students have rather specific needs. This didn't work for my collection because of the lack of world building at the beginning. We are rather thrown into the new environment, which I like, but which my students find confusing. My readers more often ask for books where there is magic in our world, and struggle a bit when entirely new worlds or planes of existenc
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Carlson creates eight worlds that are connected by gates- each with their own gatekeepers. Lucy is the Deputy Gatekeeper at one of Southeast's gates. Strange things happen on maintenance day when the Gatekeeper disappears and Arthur comes through the gate accidentally.
Adventures follow as they attempt to find out why the gates have been sealed.
With the help of a third young person - Rosemary a smuggler, they save the eight worlds.
Enough action and fantasy to hold middle grade readers.
Joy Lane
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j, magic, si-fi-futuristic
Creatve/an enjoyable adventure. No AR or Lexile yet, I'm going to recommend it to 4th-7th graders. I read the ebook, but hardbacks are soon to come to our library
Erin Varley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy, Rosemary, and Arthur team up to help save the worlds- all eight of them! This part-fantasy, part-sci-fi MG novel is a thrill-ride adventure!
Elizabeth S
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Tons of fun. I love the characters, the universe, and the fun!
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous adventure story for kids of all ages! Lucy, the assistant to the Gatekeeper at the end of her world, leads a very unremarkable life. Unremarkable, that is, until the Gatekeeper disappears on the other side of the door that leads to the next world over. And after Arthur, a boy from that world, tumbles unexpectedly through the door into Lucy's world, the door gets stuck. All this sends Lucy, Arthur, a suspicious girl named Rosemary, and a magical swarm of bees on a decidedly remarkable ...more
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Oh, I enjoyed that quite a lot. That's just the sort of adventure I would have appreciated as a kid. (And still do as an adult!)
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Caroline Carlson is the author of funny and fantastical books for young readers, including The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates trilogy, The World’s Greatest Detective, and The Door at the End of the World. Her novels have won accolades from the New York Times, the American Booksellers Association, Bank Street College of Education, the American Library Association, and Junior Library Guild, ...more