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Night Gate

(The Gateway Trilogy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Rage Winnoway’s closest friends have always been her four dogs: Bear, Billy Thunder, Elle, and Mr. Walker. When Rage sets off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma, the dogs and the neighbor’s goat tag along. On the way, they run into the firecat, who talks them into going through a magical gate. And something wonderful happens! Each of Rage’s friends is transfo ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Yearling (first published May 1st 2002)
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a weakness for books like this. There is just something so compelling about a young character bravely going off into an adventure to save someone, with her trusty companions by her side. It's not about intelligence or physical prowess or magical aptitude, it's about strength of character and growing up just a little bit and doing your best under the most trying of circumstances.

So, yeah, total sucker for this book.

Rage, the main character, along with four dogs and a goat, stumbles across
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when I was 13 years old. Back then I would have rated it five stars. This time around I found it a little bit less organized and coherent, and a little bit confused and disjointed. I still thought the characters were gorgeous and very likable, but something just felt a bit off, maybe I'm just a bit too old for this kind of story and that's all it is. Either way, I do love Isobelle Carmody's work, but I am frustrated that she has four series she hasn't finished, including t ...more
I have set myself a tentative goal to read all of Isobelle Carmody's novels in the next year or two and with that in mind I borrowed the audiobook of Billy Thunder and the Night Gate from the library.I quite enjoyed this story, although it is not my favourite book I've read by Carmody.

One of the things that I love about Carmody's stories is the richness of her worlds and this one is no different. The land of Valley was a rich and complicated world and I was able to visualise it easily. I partic
It is some years since I read this book, but I seem to recall thinking it was an okay read, but nothing more. I didn't like a main character being called "Rage". And I didn't like the description of her flyaway hair. That might seem silly, but it bugged me. I did like the idea of a flooded valley still existing in another dimension. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-library
I liked the Obernewtyn Chronicles, which Isobelle Carmody started writing while in high school. However, I couldn't get into this book at all. ...more
Isobelle Carmody is one of the best writers ever. It must be because she's Australian (a lot of my favorite authors are Australian).

But seriously, her writing is just so beautiful and gorgeous that it's hard to stop reading once you've really gotten into it. I admit, the first half of Night Gate is a bit hard to sink one's teeth into, but if you make it that far, you are definitely in for the rest of the ride.

Isobelle Carmody makes me -feel- everything she writes. In the beginning, Rage is in a
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the kind of books where you get a load of characters who are all lovable and different from one another. Night Gate definitely has that!

I got into the flow of the story right away. Rage, (whose name first gave me the impression that she's possibly a troubled and angry child with temper issues lol) the main character's mother is in coma and dying. Rage isn't allowed to see her, and by the sounds of things, Rage is stuck with the most disagreeable adults in the country. (Luckily, she has he
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Night Gate" starts rather quickly and doesn't leave much room for introduction, but it's still interesting. The writing is very good, as could be expected by this author. It starts out when Rage Winnoway runs away from home to see her sick mother in the hospital, and four dogs and a goat tag along. On the way, they meet a firecat who convinces them to go through a magical gate into a strange world where magic is dying. The firecat tells Rage that it is her job to find the wizard so he can save ...more
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Overall, this book was nicely written and original. I didn’t like the beginning. To me it felt fluffy- at that point I deeply regretted getting this book and thinking of rating it one star. (My description and thoughts on the fluffy part- “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of--NO.”)
And then something kinda magical happened. I was reading it from where I left off while listening to David Bowie (then again, of course I was). It was the part where they were on the ferry to Fork. And
Alison Strumbeck
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's categorized as fantasy but its more of a futuristic dystopia. The whole book has that interesting yet creepy feel which exists in all dystopia stories. I would consider this sci-fi more than fantasy. The animals that are literally personified in the story are strange and don't seem to retain any of their animal nature, which defeats the purpose of personification. But in the end I found myself getting attached to the characters and strange as it is I want to read the next one. I guess it's ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 11-13 Year Old Fans of Fantasy/Animal Stories
While I found this book to be unique; it wasn’t exactly a page turner. I thought Carmody did a good job creating an interesting world that was well flushed out and distinctive. I also liked the idea of her pets becoming sort of human and helping her complete her quest. Overall an ok fantasy book that might appeal to animal lovers.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Oops... I guess 10 years has fuzzed the memory on this book, but no wonder the characters (Billy Thunder in particular) seemed so familiar even if the story didn't.

This book totally reminds me of why I love Carmody's stories despite her recent Obernewtyn books: sweet and endearing.
Not a bad story, but I was not drawn in by the story or characters. I would much prefer to stick with the Obernewtyn series. ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: umm anywone
Recommended to Rachel by: the library
This book was really good!Although I do not like the name Rage..........:) hehe
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is really good, it's better for young readers though. It's only a light read, and it feels like she wrote it at first on a whimm, but as you progress it's really enjoyable. ...more
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like this series a lot. I love the characters!!!!! It is a very good series.
Ann Babcock
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a cute Sci-Fi for teens. Good writing and good characters.
Adrian Smith
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Nicely written but didn't appeal to me. ...more
Jun 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
I have a feeling I've already read this book... But it's so long ago I may as well just read it again. XD ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was a lot younger. And it’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of picking it up. But now that I have… wow. It’s just as good as I remember. I picked up so many new nuances and moments throughout. And, having had the pleasure of actually talking to the author for an interview once, I can also see a bit more of her personality through the pages. All of which I found exceedingly pleasurable and wonderful. Fun and still impossible to put down, even if I did kn ...more
Shazza Maddog
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rage Winnoway is in a predicament - her mother's in a coma, she's never met her father, her grandfather is dead and her uncle has vanished years ago. She is likely to be put into a home - but what would happen to her four dogs, Bear, the matriarch and mother to Billy Thunder, both large dogs though Billy is still a pup; Elle, a bull terrier rescued from the pound on her last day there, and Mr. Walker, a Chihuahua? If only Rage could see her mother, she might be able to convince her to wake up.

May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully heartwrenching book. As Phillip Pullman once said "There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book". Isobelle Carmody's Gateway Series does precisely that in the most amazing way.

The first is not just a tale of magic and bravery, but also a lesson in human nature, and how ideals can often get twisted. How good people may have bad results. How bad people could originally have had good intentions. Every m
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I all of a sudden thought of -- I must have read it when I was 10 or 11? I really loved it, and I should reread it someday to see if I still do!
Christopher Ellis
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice potrayal of the love that exists between a person's pets and family ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I've heard great things about Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn series. This one is perhaps aimed a bit younger.

I didn't have any problem with the premise or the characters, but the execution left a lot to be desired. There's something to be said for "showing instead of telling" and this book did almost nothing but "tell." Throughout, characters would learn a bit of new information and then would spend pages in group analysis deciding what it meant. This wouldn't have been b
Rated PG.

BLAH. Let's sing our ABCs, shall we? Apathetic, banal, cliché, dumbed-down, enervating, flat, gauche...

I was bored one or two chapters in; I finished it because I tend to finish books, but I returned the sequel really soon after starting The Night Gate. That's never a good sign, dear readers. My time would have been better spent readin M.L. Forman's Adventurer's Wanted books - the ones AFTER the first book. Like The Sands of Nezza. (Which, incidentally, I rated two stars. Read the revi
Billy Thunder and the Night Gate is the first book that i can remember re-reading more than twice. this is the most worn out book on my bookshelf and i would recommend it to any child between 7 and 12. This story presents such a vivid world of both real-life and fantasy. The story has many many facets and yet still flows so well from each scene to the next. I asolutely loved it.
Leslie Mcdonald
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first read this when it was still calldd Billy Thunder and the night gate and am still yet to read the next installments. Just have to say that I loved this book to death. I need a new copy I've read it so many times. ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
Don't read. It's quite boring so far. ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle's published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy

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