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Half World

by Hiromi Goto

Penguin 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 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

Half World

by Hiromi Goto

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 248 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.65 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Penguin 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

HIROMI GOTO was born in Chiba-ken, Japan, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1969. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, examined the immigration experience and was the 1995 regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. She is also the author of a children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, another adult novel, The Kappa Child, which was the 2001 recipient of the James Tiptree Jr., Award, the short story collection Hopeful Monsters, the Sunburst Award-winning Half World and, most recently, the acclaimed Darkest Light. Visit her at hiromigoto.com or on Twitter @hinganai.

Editorial Reviews

“Half World is a haunting combination of a coming-of age novel and a spiritual quest, a mad funhouse of horrors and a tale of redemption and love. Wonderfully odd, and quite unforgettable.” - Neil Gaiman“Half World is Boschean delight à la Goto: a magical, madcap, and deliciously creepy tale of tribulations, terror and triumph; a girl-power adventure in screaming jelly-toned colours." - Nalo Hopkinson“Myths and monsters, love and terror -- Hiromi Goto is a master storyteller!” - Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea“Half World is an absolute treasure of a book, one of those hidden gems that deserves as wide an audience as possible.” - Charles de Lint“Like a Hieronymous Bosch painting come to life, Half World throws readers into a violent struggle to restore cosmic balance between the Realm of Flesh, the Realm of Spirit, and the Half World…. those with a taste for dark fantasy (and gore) will be thrilled by Melanie’s confrontation with her own fears and Goto’s nightmarish creatures” - Quill & Quire“Half World's protagonist is an agent of change in a fixed netherworld, and for young adults who at times feel overwhelmed by life, this is a powerful message indeed…. Through charting Melanie's demanding trek, the novel suggests that by making good choices for ourselves we can overcome the ennui of our own half-worlds. Goto's Half World is a crazy, dark and yet cathartic journey. Hang on for the ride.” - Vancouver Sun“A dark, one-of-a-kind epic about familial love.” - G
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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17