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A Walk Out of the World

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A brother and sister walk through a wood into another world whose inhabitants are convinced that the girl is a descendant of a revered but nearly extinct line of kings.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1969 by Harcourt, Brace & World
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May 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Trying to stay one book recommendation ahead of my daughter's voracious reading habit, I somehow clicked my way to Ruth Nichols. This short novel borrows heavily from LOTR and the Pevensie's magic wardrobe, but I kept reminding myself that it was written for a child somewhere between 10 and 13, not for a 44 year-old man who has seen all these tropes. The pacing was slow at times; a lot of plot devices went unexplained - and the denouement was almost inscrutable - by the end I realized this wasn'
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of a handful of books from my childhood that I have kept through countless moves and purges of "stuff." It is no longer in print, I believe. I read it in the 1970s and I read it again last night. This is a really inspired, unique story written by an 18-year-old woman. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and similar fiction, you will recognize the basic plot elements. But there is something special about this story. It has an innocent sweetness and timelessness to it, with a gritty ...more
A very fine fantasy novel. Short, but very well done, especially when one considers that the author was 18 when she wrote it. It has that feeling of inevitability that really good fantasy gives me, as if somewhere, somehow, this is true, even if by everyday human standards it can't be. ...more
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of those very obscure books that no one has ever heard of, and is totally underappreciated. A very cool fantasy.
Michael Fitzgerald
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kind of has the feel of A Wrinkle in Time. Not crazy about the Hyman illustrations.
Shannon Appelcline
In some ways, A Walk Out of the World is a very typical YA fantasy for its time period: two kids from our reality find a secret path to another world, where they have great adventures. Perhaps a bit more surprising is that it also has a heavy Hobbit influence. Though the secondary world creation is quite nice, it's also quite clearly based on fantasy as seen through the lens of Tolkien's The Hobbit. Not only does this affect the composition of the world, but also Nichols' style of writing and pl ...more
Dalia Michaud
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from my grandparents house a few summers ago because i thought the title sounded interesting and i am so glad that i did. It’s just such a sweet story and so simply written. Reading it really felt like A Walk Out Of The World of all of my assignments. Even if it is intended for children i would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to channel their childhood self and go on an adventure.
Mared Sian
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book turned me into the fantasy book lover I am today. My greataunt, the librarian, sent me this book when I was 10. I must have read it at least 10 times, I loved it so much.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I loved this book as a kid. It had a more adult feel to it and I remember it being one of the first books I really thought about for a long time after I'd read it. ...more
Diane Adams
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year's reading challenge required a book that made me nostalgic. This was definitely one of the oldest books on my shelf. I think I got it new from a book club when it first came out! I loved it then, and I still do, both the stories and the illustrations. It's interesting that the author was a teen when she wrote it--I'm not sure when she last published. It's also interesting to read it now, after having read classics such as Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. It does make me wond ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

Inspired by this piece about obscure childhood favorite books, some friends and I were talking about our own obscure childhood favorites, and one enthused about this one. It's a pretty typical portal fantasy-- a brother and sister walk through the woods into another world, one full of magic and political intrigue, and they may be the key to solving various issues. Comparisons to both Narnia and the Tolkien books are apt. I would have definitely loved this
Clayton VanLeeuwen
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m torn over this book. The opening chapters are magical. Each sentence is song like. It reminds me of a vivid dream, or a warm childhood memory, until, like a dream, the story continues into the nonsensical, completely forgetting about one of the main siblings (until the very end of the book) and introducing characters that do little more than occasionally talk. Maybe everything was just way over my head and I missed out on a symbolic, spiritual experience or something.
Marsha Valance
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Tobit and Judith walk into a world that seems more real than their own.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember checking this out of my library several times as a child. I loved the story and Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations. ...more
Mary List
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another one the gems I found at my library, that was taken out many times. Tobit & Judith's adventures were fun to read ...more
Sandy Carmichael
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
YA story about two teens going from one world into another magical realm. Par for books written like this. Fun, light reading.
Aldo Milian
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found it in my grandma's library and fell in love with it when I was younger, really good Tolkienesque book written by an 18-year old author. ...more
marjorie lecker
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is enchanting - Ruth Nichols did not publish a lot of books - which is too bad. Also amazing illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman
Melissa McCauley
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Judith and her brother Tobit live in a modern city apartment building with their parents. One day they walk into a glowing wood near their home and are transported into another world, whose night is filled with blue and purple stars, and whose woods are full of dwarves and Kobolds. Eventually they learn from the very long-lived Lady Iorwen they are the descendants of the king (Lady Iorwen's son) who went missing and was presumed dead five hundred years ago. Judith and Tobit go through many episo ...more
The author was 18 years old, when she had this short novel published, which makes this story a rather impressively written fantasy. It is obviously written for a much younger audience than I, and doesn't have the very in-depth characterizations that adult and young adult readers usually appreciate. In regards to this, I'd give this a 3 1/2 star to 4-star rating.

The reason I'm not doing so, has to do with the characterization of girls/women in the novelette. Lines like this: "...for a woman marri
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this would be classified as a YA fantasy now, because the characters are so young, but I have no idea how it was seen when it was first written in 1968, by an 18-yr-old author. It is ... strange, like a combination of a children's adventure novel (a la Lewis, Edward Eager, etc.) and Hope Mirrlees or Tolkien. I liked it, a lot, and am looking forward to reading more of her work. Definitely a book I'm saving for when my daughter is older! ...more
David Barker
Oct 30, 2011 is currently reading it
I found this at a library sale and thought it looked interesting. So far, I like it. Something about it -- the author's bio (she was only 18 when it was published), the title -- reminded me of Barbara Newhall Follet's fantasy novel "House Without Windows." ...more
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Terrific, creepy book.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-ya
good, but seemed to copy a lot of Lord of the Ring type stuff. It was interesting but had lots of similarities.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
its a sweet adventure book along the lines of Lion, witch and Wardrobe. A definate unknown that has a very whimsical presence that is welcomed
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