A Door in the Woods
Engaging Read …
Recommended … 4.5 stars
Jimmy's tale begins with a tree.
It was the beginning of summer vacation, and Jimmy says it was
a good day when it began. Ole Betsy was a great climbing tree,
and Jimmy could hardly wait to get out to the woods behind Mrs.
Jones' Place and climb that tree. Jimmy was up in his tree when
the mayor Borbus T Duck Jr., of Duluth, Georgia appeared, struggled
with someone then looked right up into the tree where Jimmy was
almost hidden in the branches. Before Jimmy knew what was happening
here came the mayor climbing right up to his hiding place in
the tree. And so began some of the strangest adventures of Jimmy's
life. A monster, time to see the Sheriff, held in a small room,
escape, a strange phone call home all figure in Jimmy's tale.
Jimmy with his backpack, five thousand dollars and his lucky
Braves hat found themselves on their way to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Stompers, the Gift, and more adventure are to follow. At last
summer vacation, Jimmy's love for his family and a trip to Japan
help him put his adventure in perspective.
On the pages of "A Door
in the Woods" Writer Dashner has produced a sure to be crowd
pleaser among the target audience of 9-14 set. Formidable happenings,
quest, and thrilling escapades teem on all fronts in the fast
paced adventure narrative. Ingeniously interwoven scenarios abound
in this intricate tale of potent motivation, paradoxical predicaments
and monumental encounter.
Nicely achieved characters are
engaging, brilliantly depicted, voices of the predominate players
are unaffected and acceptable. "A Door in the Woods"
grabs reader attention at once, holds it fast right to the end
in this galvanizing caper across exhilarating surroundings, pitfalls
and hazards and concludes with a optimistic finish. Author Dashner
nimbly seizes the vitality of challenging experience, paints
a keenly focused tale in "A Door in the Woods" to bring
about an smoothly perceived fast paced read filled with picturesque
subjects, set and solution. Contention abounds, resolution is
satisfactory, result is acceptable.
"A Door in the Woods"
has a place in the home and school library. Classroom and home
teachers will find the work a valuable asset for both assigned
and pleasure reading in the classroom setting. Youngsters in
the target audience are sure to find the book to their liking
for their own pleasure reading choices. Vocabulary is well within
the range of target audience, those reading on third reader level
may need a little help with a word here and there.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.