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Kneeknock Rise

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,714 ratings  ·  181 reviews
From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep, he senses the spell cast over the villagers by the Megrimum--the mysterious something that lurks on the mist-wreathed peak of Kneeknock Rise. Everyone shudders in horror--delicious horror--whenever the Megrimum's unearthly wail floats down to the village. Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to find a practical explanation fo
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 1st 1984 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 1970)
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Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 20, 2008 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 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I apparently adore everything Natalie Babbitt wrote. Read this aloud to Fox at age 8 and we both loved it. Such good books for kids, with a lyrical quality and depth that adults will also fall in love with.
James Agee Jr.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Natalie Babbitt does not overuse words. She knows exactly what words to use to paint a realistic image in your mind and to tell a fantastic story. This story is simple and to the point, it does not drag on unnecessarily. I can see children as well as adults enjoying this story. I highly recommend this book.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Amber Scaife
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Egan travels to a nearby town to stay with his aunt and her family during the local annual fair. This fair isn't the usual thing, though - it's held in honor of and to celebrate the monster who lives on top of Kneeknock Rise.
This is a fabulous story about the difference between fact and truth, about people's willingness to believe even when evidence to the contrary is right before them, and about the strange power of myth. I loved it, of course. Babbitt can weave a special kind of magic into her
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
This book is a Newbery Honor Book having been recognized in 1971. It takes place in the autumn and is centered around the annual fair hosted by the town of Instep. Instep lies at the foot of the Mammoth Mountains more specifically below a cliff that is named Kneeknock Rise. The fair celebrates the local legend, a creature called the Megrimum, whose mournful wail can be heard resonating from the misty shrouded top of Kneeknock Rise. According to the legend no one has traveled to the top of the cl ...more
Kadence Aagard
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since I read this to take a break from the more adult and depressing novels I have been reading about Slavery, and the Industrialization of the USA, I was not at all disappointed to have a get-away into a "not quite fantasy" work. While Babbitt's Tuck, Everlasting was a journey into fantasy, this shorter work for Intermediate-level readers was just as suspenseful! And, it involves a theme which I always struggle with: When is it not necessary that the facts be known by everyone, and a parallel t ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Summary: This exciting chapter book tells the story of a young boy named Egan who visits his extended family in a town called Instep where just outside the town resides a mysterious phenomena that sits atop a rise. Egan is challenged by his cousin to explore what is on the rise and what he finds is a mystery in itself.
Evaluation: I enjoyed reading this book because it had a lot of passages that were a little difficult to read so overall this would be a challenging, yet interesting book for upper
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-513
This story is about a boy named Egan. He went to visit his aunt Gertrude in Instep for an annual fair. In this little town, there was a mystery that a mournful creature called the Megrimum lives in at the top of Kneeknock Rise. In the fair, Egan's cousin, Ada, laughed at him and his favorite dog, Annabelle that they were sissy. He wanted to prove they were not sissy, so he decided to climb the top of Kneeknock Rise with Annabelle. When he climbed up the top, he saw Uncle Ott. Uncle Ott told him ...more
Lisa Brown
The young boy, Egan arrives in Instep to stay with his aunt and uncle for the annual fair, and he is immediately drawn to Kneeknock Rise, the misty peak that is surrounded by superstition and stories. He even hears the moaning of the monster on the peak, and although it scares him, he is fascinated. And so when his cousin dares him to go to the top of the the rise, he does it, and what he finds at the top would shock the whole town.

Just like Tuck Everlasting, this book has a deeper story - are y
mary dewley
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
"Who is the wise man? Who is the fool?" Egan goes to stay with his aunt and uncle so that he can attend the annual fair. While visiting, his cousin teases him and calls him a sissy and that to prove he's not, she dares him to go up to the top of Kneeknock Rise and face the Megrimum. The Megrimum can be heard howling from atop the mountain during a storm and people and animals that disappeared are also blamed on the mysterious creature. There is a moral to the story that Egan must learn about hav ...more
1971 Newbery Honor Book

This is a fairly short story about a boy named Egan who travels to a town named Instep to go to the local fair. The town is in the shadow of Kneeknock Rise, part of the mountain where a terrible monster named the Megrimum dwells. The villagers will not travel there and live in fear of its wrath.

Natalie Babbitt is generally noted for her book Tuck Everlasting even though this book is the one which won the Newbery honor. I see a lot of parallels between this book and Tuck, w
McKenzie Jaromin
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Knee-Knock Rise By Natalie Babbitt is about a young boy named Egan who goes to visit relatives in a village called Instep. Instep is close by a strange cliff they call KneeKnock Rise. On the very top of this cliff is mist, and on stormy nights when its cold, a creature they called Megrimum will appear. No one in Instep has gone to the top of the cliff in a thousand years. No one in Instep can sleep. I thought this was a good interesting book. It was a very short read; I recommend this book to pe ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
My book group really enjoyed this book. There are lots of levels at which it can be read. Though Kneeknock Rise is a children's book it has a lot for adults to ponder, especially in this political climate. How often do we ignore facts in favor of belief? Do our beliefs make us better people? I had some trouble getting started with the story, but then I just fell in and was whisked along in the telling. I really loved the author's illustrations. I look forward to reading all of this wonderful aut ...more
Sarah Eagle
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have only previously read Tuck Everlasting, so my Babbitt exposure is still in its infancy, but this book was delightful. If not a bit slow.
The characters were distinct, even if they weren’t all likable *cough*Ada*cough*, and the book’s overall message was very wise-albeit a little too on-the-nose in the current social climate here in the US. The foreshadowing with Orr’s verses was very clever, and the ending was very fitting.
Mr. Gottshalk
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book is a gem! Read it in one night and was thoroughly entertained. It would make a decent, quick read aloud for grades 3-5. There are some life lessons here, but if I talked about this story and what I think it r ally means, I would give away too much. Worth reading, at any rate. It’s been a long time since I read anything from Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting is another great story) - maybe I should read something else by her.
Rosa Paredes
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Kneeknock Rise by: Natalie Babbitt. This book is about a boy that live so far from a village that every year he goes for the festival. When it was the day that he had to go his uncle pick him up and he was going to ride a mule and his uncle on a horse. The boy say that the mule was so slow sometimes and sometimes you could not stop her. In the village all the peoples that live there are scared of the megrimum that is on the top of the kneeknock rise mountain because when it rains ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is beautifully written. And the struggle with blind belief despite facts is hitting so close to home right now that I found the story to have something of a bitter after-taste. If we weren't fighting for objective truth in our greater society at the moment, if evidence-based science weren't under attack, I would've enjoyed this book even more.
Kathy McC
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Thought I might use this as a companion read-aloud for my class's novel study of Tuck Everlasting. But, I don't think it will work. It will work, however, for sharing beautiful descriptive passages.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a read-aloud in our home. It inspired many conversations among the children. This was the first of Natalie Babbitt's writings we have read, and according to many reviews, her other works were enjoyed very much, which inspires our home to read more of her offerings.
A village under the spell of a frightening sound holds a festival each year in honor of the monster that they believe makes the sound. Egan travels to the festival and makes the discovery of what truly makes the sound. But the village people refuse to believe him. A story of how people really want something to believe in- or maybe that people will believe what they want no matter the evidence. This story is that much better for Babbit's lyrical writing.
Kayla Goshorn
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book because the author who penned this book also wrote my favorite book: Tuck Everlasting. The book showed promise at the beginning with a good dose of suspense, but sadly did not live up to my hopes for it. Could have done more with the reveal.
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Natalie Babbitt was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She had 3 children and was married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She was the grandmother of 3 and lived in Rhode Island.
She was a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, liter
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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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