The Neverending Story by Michael EndeThe Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Neverending Story

byMichael EndeTranslated byRalph Manheim

Mass Market Paperback | March 4, 1997

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Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life. 

When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he's swept into the magical world of Fantastica--so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?

"An instantaneous leap into the magical . . . Energetic, innovative, and perceptive"—The Washington Post

"A trumpet blast for the imagination."—Sunday Times
Michael Ende ( was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1929. After attending drama school from 1948 to 1950, he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic for the Bavarian broadcasting company. His first novel for children, Jim K...
Title:The Neverending StoryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 7.13 × 4.44 × 0.69 inShipping dimensions:7.13 × 4.44 × 0.69 inPublished:March 4, 1997Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140386335

ISBN - 13:9780140386332


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Enjoyed this movie as a child so I wanted to read the book figuring I would get more details of the story. You will get that in this novel, however, there are many areas that drag on and on needlessly. Pro: many more aspects to this story / adventure. Con: hard to get through due to slow parts.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book One of the best books that I have ever read... Read it often, and enjoy it every time. The movie did no justice to this book. This book is honestly an extraordinary novel.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING If you've seen the movie, hated it, and are reluctant to pick up the book...FORGET THE MOVIE AND PICK UP THE BOOK. The story makes so much sense, although there is a lot happening at once. The idea is phenomenal and the writing is just enthralling. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book of all time. This book is one of the most magical, and fantastic books ever written. I can read this book over and over, and love it every time. I cannot wait until my daughter is a bit older and i can start reading it to her.. just like ti was read to me when I was a child.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Magical Book Ever! I'm a children's book reviewer, and I've read A LOT of books for ages 8-18. And the Neverending Story is by far the most magical book I've ever read. I have purposely never seen the film, as I find movies always ruin books for me. Since I read this book about 10 years ago, I have read it 5 times, and I think I enjoy it more with each read. I would have to say this is my favorite book of all time.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable This book can be read by all ages since it is well written but is still easy to read. It is great for fantasy lovers, and the pages just fly by, even though there are 440 pages. There are many original ideas that had never occurred to me before. The story kept me interested from start to finish. A boy gets swept into a magical book, in which he tries to save all the Fantastican creatures, but with every wish he makes loses his memory of the real world.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I find it difficult to get through a complete book as my interest usually fades within the first half. Yet I found myself devouring this book in it's entirety and was dissapointed when I had to put it down. I thought after seeing the movie with my children that the book would not be of any interest to me but I was wrong. The twists and turns keep you wondering and never on the same page . Don't question it, get it!
Date published: 2005-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awakens your heart You don't need to be a fantasy reader nor a child to love this book. Michael Ende takes the child in you through this novel. A gorgeous, resonating book that has been on my bookshelf almost all my life. By the end of the novel, you will reflect on those you love.
Date published: 2005-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I first read this book when i was in grade four, and i really liked it then, but it was a bit too big for me. I took a long time to read it and that somehow dimed the effect, but now I'm 15 and i'm reading it again. I sort of forgot about it, but it's the kind of book that lingers in the back of your subconscious mind. I've started reading it again after my english teacher mentioned it yesterday during class. I've been picking up on alot of things that i missed the first time around, and I think that it's the most amazing book that I've read for a while, it's full of images and symbols and it is so much fun to read. It's fantastic and an experience that will never end, while I'm reading other books and reading this one again and again. But it's all really one book, every book is joined together as one text, therefore the stories never really end, every story will be told at another time, and i am happpy as i learn them all.
Date published: 2005-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly one-of-a-kind Since I was a kid, that's been my favourite book. If you've seen the movies, and loved them - then you can be thrilled they only scratch the surface. This journey of self-discovery truly is unique as Bastian travels into a world unto himself, and a world that he creates from his own imagination at that! Read of his travels through the many lands of Fantastica and fall in love with a character that lies in every one of us.
Date published: 2004-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! This is my favourite fantasy book of all time, and I have read numerous fantasy books. This one may seem long at first, but trust me, once you get into the first 50 pages or so you won't be able to put it down! So well-written and elaborate, the story is breathtaking. A must-read for any Fantasy genre fan.
Date published: 2002-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXTRAORDINARY I devoured the book like a box of my favorite chocolates. I read it throughout the night and in that time, I forgot the world existed. Rich in imagery, fantasy and adventure, it captured my imagination and awakened the recesses of my childhood dreams. A tale of magic and beauty, it drew me into a whirlwind of color and emotion. I saw through the eyes of the protagonist and the book became a window to his world--a world that is a poignant reflection of the human experience. No other story embodies the extravagance of a movie, the ambiguity of an abstract and the sensitivity of a poem. An incomparable work of art. What more can I say...
Date published: 2001-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Cool Book I have read this book twice and will starting it again. I love this book and it is just like the film, but more characters and etc. If you love fantasy novels and films or (and) loved the film you will really like this book. Yes it is a big but well worth it.
Date published: 2001-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a GOOD book! a 13 year-olds opinion. I really liked the Neverending story, the book. The movies sucked! I watched the first one, it was ok but the acting was horrible. I watched the second, it was again ok but the fantasy in it was REALLY fake. And third well, it had hardly ANY fantasy parts. Now the book, that was good. I recommend the book to people of all ages!
Date published: 2001-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This became my favourite book! if you have seen the movie and liked it, you should read this amazing novel, it is way better, even if you didn't like the movie READ THE BOOK books are usually better then the movies are anyway. This is a classic, i bought one of the hardcover ones and it was totaly worth the extra money, parts of the book are in a different colour and everything (theres a reason for it, but you need to read the book to find out why there are two different coloured fonts. If you like fantasy and like to dream and get lost in a book, this is definatly the one to choose, its a whole new world to discover!
Date published: 2001-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great BOOK! I did a report on this book for school and it was GREAT! I thought this book was AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It never gets boring! AMAZING! I loved this book, I'm not even finished but I must say it is just the greatest! I have already recommended it to everyone! you should defenetly read this book! The characters are fun and the story really sucks you in, I felt like I was really there! When I was reading it sometimes I would just close my eyes and picture what he had wrote, Then I'd dive back into the book! I usally don't like reading but now I look forward to the end of the day when I sit in bed and just relax and read The Never Ending Story! It's long so you think it would get boring but not at all, you just can't stop reading! It is absolutly the best book I have ever read! I just can't stress enough that this book is the best! To keep my attention and get this good a rating is tough expecially scince I'm 12 years old! Which is why I think you should read this book! I LOVE IT!!! Totally recommened! I would get this book right away! Way worth it! It deserves way more then a 5 or excellent it deserves the best! I would give this an award if I gave out awards! AMAZING! STUNNING! THRILLING! IMAGNITIVE! are just a few of the many complementing words for this book that are rushing throught my head, READ THIS BOOK! -Sarah
Date published: 1999-07-15

From Our Editors

Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Neverending Story...

"An instantaneous leap into the magical … Energetic, innovative, and perceptive"—The Washington Post

"A rich, enjoyable read … Succeeds by drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale, myth, and invented fantasy."—The Observer

"You might just get in touch with the child in you who clapped her hands for Tinker Bell."—Glamour

"A trumpet blast for the imagination."—Sunday Times