The Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon Book 1 by Patrick CarmanThe Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon Book 1 by Patrick Carman

The Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon Book 1

byPatrick Carman

Hardcover | February 1, 2005

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Inquisitive twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in the walled town of Bridewell. This year, she is set on solving the mystery of what lies beyond the walls. Legend says the walls were built to keep out an unnamed evil that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills. But what exactly is it that the townspeople are so afraid of? As Alexa begins to unravel the truth, pushing beyond the protective barrier she's lived behind all her life, she discovers a strange and ancient enchantment -- and exposes a danger that could destroy everything she holds dear.
Patrick Carman makes his home in the wilderness of eastern Washington and insists that it is a rather ordinary home and is not, in fact, surrounded by stone walls. He divides his time between writing, public speaking, spending time with his wife and two daughters, reading, fly fishing, para-gliding, and snowboarding. Before writing his...
Title:The Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon Book 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 7.29 × 5.16 × 0.95 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0439700930

ISBN - 13:9780439700931

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is still one of my favourite series! Even though I am now an adult, I still consider this one of my favourite young adult series. It features a strong female protagonist in a very unique story unlike any other series for teens out there. There is no love interest, the world is completely unique, and the cast is unforgettable. I would recommend this series for boys and girls of any age!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book When I was younger I read the whole series. I was captivated by the story, especially the fact that the hero was a girl I loved how brave she was even when she had to go into so scary situation, which most preteen books don't show. I lost this series over time from loaning them to friends who never gave them back which saddens me because they are a truly amazing read.  
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginning Famous Children's author Madeliene L'Engle once stated that writing children's literature was harder than writing for adults because children ask more questions; children just do not accept what an author writes the way most adults will. Her statements have always stuck with me and since doing a children's literature course a few years back, I have continued to read children's and teen fiction regularly. Usually I look for books that have a lot of buzz about them, have then been nominated for a Newbury, or Mr. Christie, American Library Association or here in Canada a Governor General's Literary Award (more commonly know as the GG's.). If so I try to pick it up and give it a read. Because of that I tend to browse the children's and teen sections at Chapters when I happen to be in a store. The cover of this book captured my attention and almost compelled me to purchase it. The representation of our Heroine Alexa is a very striking image. I purchased this book when it came out nearly 2 years ago and yet only just recently picked it up to read. I now regret that I did not read it sooner. In part, I hesitated reading the book because the cover art was so powerful and cast such a spell upon me, I feared the text not living up to the story I had begin to build in my imagination. Those fears were unfounded. The Story is set in a walled kingdom. A Kingdom built like 3 spokes on a wheel. Alexa is from Lathbury, the south western spoke, from the hub of Bridewell. This walled Kingdom was built by the Warvold after his extensive travels in the wild mysterious world. He built walls around the central town of Bridewell, and walled roads out to the three surrounding towns of Lunenburg, Turlock and Lathbury. Yet upon the eve of his death, he hints to Alexa that the walls, once thought to be the salvation of the towns and their civilization, he now considers to be a mistake. Alexa begins an adventure shortly after the Warvold's death that will affect her and this kingdom for time to come. Yet the Warvold's death has caused a society once stable and thriving to start to spin out of control. Alexa sneaks outside the wall and meets a dwarf and a talking wolf and is summoned to a council, the severity and importance of which not even the participants can realize. Can Alexa fufill a calling upon her life that the Warvold foresaw and that some others are trying to help happen and others wish to thwart? This is one of those great books, originally written for children, that can captivate an audience of any age. Carman has an extremely mature voice and he writes in a manner of a master wordsmith. Carman only conceived of this series in his mid thirties; it is an extremely well- rounded and crafted world - a pleasure to visit, and I plan to re-enter the land of Elyon again and again. (First Published in Imprint 2008-02-22.)
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME !!!! I loved it, though I'll tell you now, the only REAL action starts in the middle of the book, but I still couldn't put it down ! There is so much mystery in it , I SOO wanna read the next book. i entirely recomend this book.
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! This book rocks! I have bought the second book Beyond the Valley of Thorns , and I cannot wait to read it!!! The characters are lovable, the plot is exciting, and the book whips by really fast. I crave more novels from Patrick Carman!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Read Alexa Daley is your average pre-teen. Always sneaking around and has many secret treasures. However Alexa is imprisoned. Imprisoned my monterous walls which surround her and everyone she has come to love and to hate. These walls built under the direction of the very mysterious Warvold keep what lies on the outside of Bridewell a secret. Alexa is always looking for a way outside the wall. She soon finds herself in an unimaginable circumstance where she will try anything to save her world. Astonishing book from Carman which even kept me guessing to the very end and which keeps you still wondering about many things to be revealed in the next installment!
Date published: 2005-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so This was an o.k. book, but it never really pulled me in. I found my mind wandering, and it was like I never really got to know the main character's real thoughts and fealings. It is not the kind of book that you would want to read again and again, but maybe once or twice.
Date published: 2005-06-14

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Junior Booklover Contest Winner Megan, 15 from Charlottetown, PEIAlexa Daley has always spent her summers in the town of Bridewell with her father. She has explored as much of the city as possible without going beyond the walls that surround Bridewell. Alexa is very curious about the world on the other side of the wall; the mysterious forest and the Dark Hills. Warvold, the man who built the town of Bridewell, is the only one who knows all the secrets that lie on the other side on the wall, and when he suddenly dies, Alexa must find a way outside the wall to save Bridewell from destruction. Because of her tiny size. Alexa is able to slip through tiny passages until she reaches the other side. There she meets Yipes, a tiny man who guides her through the forest as she meets other animals and discovers she has the power to communicate with them. The animals have a plan for Alexa to save them and the people of Bridewell. Alexa needs to find the serpent that's been living inside of the city and is getting ready to attack. Alexa crawls through tunnels and under walls to protect the walled fortress of Bridewell.The Dark Hills Divide is a fantastic fantasy book that pulls you into an imaginative world full of talking animals, secret passages, and a wall that divides a magical forest and well guarded city. Alexa is a wonderful character whose curiosity keeps us on the edge of our seats. I loved how connected the book was to animals. This was something I haven't seen a lot of in books I've read and it gave the story some really great characters. The storyline is excellent and there is lots of mystery to keep readers guessing until the book ends. I think the author could have been a lot more descriptive because we don't always get a clear picture of what's happening. Also, I found that a lot of the human characters seemed a little flat and boring and that more time should have been spent establishing the human characters and giving them more personality. The Dark Hills Divide was an exciting read that had an ending that satisfied me, but left enough mystery to make me want to read the next two in the trilogy.