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Half World

by Hiromi Goto

Penguin Group Canada | January 25, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Half World is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. As the unpopular and impoverished only child of a loving but neglectful mother, she is just barely coping with school and life. But everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a vile creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie embarks on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake.... Award-winning author Hiromi Goto''s novel is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half-lives, and redemption.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 248 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.65 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143052063

ISBN - 13: 9780143052067

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Any person reading Half World will love this quick simple fantasy and will want more! Thank you razOrbill Canada for the signed copy!! Melanie is seen as a chubby, slow witted, bookworm who lives in the poor section with her mother. One day she she comes home and finds her mother has disappeared. She gets a phone call from a man on the phone telling her to go through a door in a tunnel so she can save her mother who is being held by him. Her mother is in another Realm called Half World. With help from her friend Mrs. Wei she for through the door and into Half World. Melanie finds herself in a world devoid of colour trying to find her mother in the process. Melanie encounters people with animal body such as a woman with eels for arms, and a man with a bird's head. Talk about not being in the Flesh World anymore! Her strength and tenacity to get back home was admirable and I quite liked her character. In the end she believes in herself. She reunited the realms without using evil means. The illustrations sprinkled within the chapters are beautiful made the story more enjoyable. I love seeing some of the scenes brought to life. Any person reading Half World will love this quick simple fantasy and will want more! Luckily there's a sequel :) The book drew me in right from the beginning. A clear goal, a little bit of adventure, and a need for the main character to prove to herself she is different and can overcome her problems. This felt similar fo the movie Spirited Away so if you ever have the chance, go check it out! Rating 4/5 Quotes "There are never guarantees in Life. But for those who strive, who dream and believe, live with an open heart, and dare to love, it is aost certain that joy will come to you."—Gao Zhen Xi (205)
Date published: 2012-03-08

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Half World

by Hiromi Goto

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 248 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.65 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143052063

ISBN - 13: 9780143052067

From the Publisher

Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. As the unpopular and impoverished only child of a loving but neglectful mother, she is just barely coping with school and life. But everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a vile creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie embarks on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake.... Award-winning author Hiromi Goto''s novel is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half-lives, and redemption.

About the Author

Japanese-born Hiromi Goto immigrated to Canada in 1969. She is the author of the award-winning Chorus of Mushrooms; a children's novel, The Water of Possibility; and, most recently, the short story collection Hopeful Monsters.

Editorial Reviews

"Readers looking for a dark, horrific fantasy or an unusual heroine will enjoy this tale." - Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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