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The Land of Roar

(Roar #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,471 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Everyone remembers their secret imaginary world...but what if you discovered that yours was real? 

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were the heroes of Roar, a magical world they invented where the wildest creations of their imaginations roamed. Now that they’re eleven, Roar is just a distant memory. But it hasn’t forgotten them.

When their grandfather is spirited away
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by HarperCollins (first published August 1st 2019)
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C.G. Drews
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was entirely magically adorable 😍With siblings, portal fantasy worlds, and the magic of make-believe. Growing up is really hard and I kind of [sniffles] refuse to do it. So I'm thoroughly with Arthur as he struggled to watch his twin sister zooming ahead emotionally, ready to grow up and enter highschool, while he still got caught up in their childhood fantasy worlds of dragons and magic. Siblings who no longer fit together like they used to break my heart, but it's actually really common a ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the most imaginative children’s books I’ve read in a while, very reminiscent of Peter Pan, the Chronicles of Narnia and Jumanji.
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Whenever they stayed at their grandfather’s house, twins Rose and Arthur would play a game they invented called Roar, which began by them crawling into a folding bed and a new world. Now aged eleven the twins are once again staying with their grandfather and helping him clean out the loft when they come across the bed.

Arthur is not sure what to make of their game, could it have been a real place they went to or was it all in his imagination? His sister R
Belles Middle Grade Library
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this yesterday, & I loved it! Such an amazing story! The author did an AMAZING job describing this GORGEOUS world! Everything was written in such beautifully descriptive detail, I felt like I was in Roar myself. Such detailing too! Amazing, unique details. The side characters of Roar were so unique & amazing too. Such a great adventure these twins embark on to rescue their grandpa! What a great grandpa to have! I loved him!! Arthur was a great main character. I loved him. I loved seei ...more
I just got through something extremely hard for me so it was a massive win!!

I decided to treat myself and congratulate myself so I brought this book 😄

What better reason for buying a new book lol. Not that people need reasons but this one sounded so good!

So that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!
Elvira Montulet
2.5 *
Surprisingly hard to get through for a childrens book... Also really quite predictable, then again, I'm not really the audience for this book! I loved Win a lot, and I wish we got to meet Mitch... Probably not gonna read the sequel though.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I really enjoyed this, it was a super-fun portal fantasy adventure, with two eleven year old twins re-stumbling into their childhood imaginary kingdom of Roar to rescue their grandad who has been kidnapped by the evil villain Croky and taken prisoner there. The adventure is light and fun - nothing too dark - and the characters are well written, especially Win, Arthurs friend and sidekick- who was my favourite. Very funny. I think he's one of the best MG characters I have read in a while. ...more
Amy (booksofmyshka)
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Celia McMahon
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date!

This book was imaginative, addicting, and downright fantastical! Here we have Arthur and Rose, two twins who spend the summer at their grandfather's house. Back in the day, they'd play a game called Roar, where they'd get transported to a magical fantasy world with mermaids, dragons, etc. Now at the age of eleven, Rose wants nothing to do with make-belief and Arthur is on the fence. While cleanin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it!
Angela Groves
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roar is what you would find if you climed through the back of the wardrobe, and found a mash up of Oz and Narnia, where Mr Tumnus is an inept wizard, and a half decent ninja, the wicked witch is a much scarier scarecrow, and there are more Dragons. I want live there.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK💖💖💖💖 this is definitely my favorite book of 2019. HEAR ME ROAR!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this idea of their imagination becoming reality. I wish that would happen to me (well expect the whole probably going to die part). This is An amazing book and I will cherish this book for the rest of my life. I also loved illustrations they were incredible. I highly recommend this if you're 1: Looking for an AMAZING book. 2: look for an AMAZING middle grade or 3: Looking for an AMAZING fantasy rea ...more
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Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a strong 3.5, but considering I am hardly close to the MG/YA age group, I am bumping it up to 4 stars. I will say the story took a while to get ant traction with me, but once it got going it definitely kept the pace through to the end. I found myself thinking there was a lack of depth to the proceedings, but I found that enjoyed how things were touched on, with some detail, but then the action took over again. I know readers complain there isn't enough world-building sometimes, but the k ...more
While I did enjoy this overall I found it weaker compared to other middle grades I have read recently. I think I struggled to connect to the characters especially as I found Rose really unlikeable. Arthur was such a lovely kid but then his twin seemed to have turned into a horrid little girl worried about what other people thought of her and being quite cruel to her brother. I think it was the cruelty with which she treated him and never really apologised for it which got to me the most. Had it ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous story about imagination.
Twins Rose and Arthur invented a game when they were younger about a place called Roar - to get there you have to climb through the folding Z-bed in Grandad's attic. It's a place where there are mermaids and dragons, and all manor of weird and wonderful creatures.
The twins are now 11 years old and are preparing to go to high school after the holidays, and Rose thinks she's too grown up for Roar... That is until Grandad disappears and Arthur crawls through the
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middlegrade, magical
This was a lot of fun and a super imaginative read about a twin brother and sister who revisit their Imaginary World where they used to frequent when they were much younger and find that many changes have taken place in their magical land and... that Roar is still real!
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Probably the best modern middle-grade with a boy protagonist I've read. Much more along the trusting-yourself-magical-adventure lines you get with girls than overt silliness and fart jokes. ...more
Charlotte Rowden
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pgce-novels
A magical adventure story that I’m sure children would love. I was completely immersed in the story throughout. Definitely a book I would want to share with a class in the future.
Mike Riley
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the goodest book that I have ever read! I can’t wait for Return To Roar. A written by my daughter G.
Morgan Jones
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really great mix of the reality of starting a new school and anxieties about growing up along with the magic of childhood imaginations and friendships with siblings.
Roar really felt like a world that had been made up by a couple of kids, the childlike names and behavior of the inhabitants helped to keep you drawn into this world of make-believe.
The children having to simultaneously grow-up, save the day and their granddad but also remember their younger selves' imaginings,
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, bought-in-2020
This was a cute middle grade and I especially loved the illustrations, but it was a bit too much the 'it is summer and we find a new land' trope and nothing else really special. I liked the book, but I don't think I'll be continuing with this series just because it doesn't intrigue me enough. Still cute and wholesome though. ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daisy, tobias, claire
I have to admit, what attracted my attention first was the cover. It’s wonderfully imaginative and even spreads out over the flaps front and back. That the story is great too, made the book even better. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

This book gave me so many feelings. I feel like there is so much to tell about this story that I don’t really know where to start.

Arthur and Rose are twins and eleven years old and while they used to be best friends and did everything together, everything seems
The Land of Roar is a fun fantastical children's story about keeping that childhood imaginative magic alive when you're growing up. The main character Arthur and his twin sister Rose used to always play together and made up games and worlds where they could put all of their creativity. Now that Rose seems to be growing out of their 'childish games' and Arthur is left behind while she's making fun of his lame childish nature, Arthur doesn't know what to do. Until their Grandad disappears into the ...more
Claire Booksnink
Absolutely brilliant start to this trilogy, this was fantastic. We follow Arthur and Rosie Trout and they are staying with their Grandfather.
Their Grandfather gives them the attic to turn in to their den, there is one problem. Arthur and Rosie are twins and Arthur still wants to play and have fun but Rosie is in to Youtube, make up and mobile phones (as girls always are!)
Anyway Arthur gets a strange feeling being in the loft but can’t explain it. He starts helping his Grandfather clear out the
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book on so many levels, but it was a little bit of a let down for me. That's a lie, it was a lot of a let down for me. I felt as though the story was really rushed, and there were moments when I just wanted the plot to slow down and explain a little bit more about: the world, the characters and the way it works. It did do this, but there were moments where I wish it would have stopped and explained more rather than speed through important bits (or at least what I tho ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 I really struggled with this book. I honestly don’t know why, maybe it was the book, maybe it was me but I just never really got into the story. At first it just felt a little too much like Narnia and I just had a hard time picking this book up. Although the ending was really great, I think the grandfather was my favourite character and his explanations for the existence of Roar were really a good closure for this story, I don’t think I will pick the sequel up.
Tanya Ball
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful, wonderful book!!

I couldn’t put it down! Children, young adults, and adults of all ages and genders can enjoy getting sucked into this FANTABULOUS new world!! The details are breathtakingly realistic and this might be one of my favorite villains!! It has been awhile since I’ge had the pleasure of having illustrations to accompany my reading journey, and these were beautiful, vivid, and PERFECT!

Can’t wait to dive into “Return to Roar!!”
Miss Bookiverse
Creative, whimsical, and with a spunky pair of twins at its center this should have been right up my ally, yet for some reason the spark never ignited. I enjoyed listening to it but I was never surprised by the events or in awe of the creations in Roar (not even the dragons!). While I did like the complicated sibling dynamics, I think I would've preferred Rose's POV instead of Arthur's. Won't continue with the series, but would definitely recommend to younger readers. ...more
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