Thresholds

Thresholds

Book - 2010
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When she and her family move to Oregon, Maya discovers that the kids in a nearby apartment building perform magic and use portals to visit other worlds, a situation that is complicated by Maya's efforts to safeguard an alien.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOF
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780670063192
0670063193

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 19, 2013

At its heart, this is about a girl finding something within herself that is strong and bursting forth at an important turning point in her life. It takes very little effort to turn Thresholds into one great big metaphor. It's a tale for girls about to take the plunge into adolescence. There is comfort in knowing that the thing inside you that seems so strange and mysterious is there to help you and be your lifelong companion. Hoffman taps into that comfort, and the result is a story with a magical premise that may contain familiar tropes but ends up entirely original in the end. Worth seeking out. Worth waiting for its sequel.

ScribiraMagnus Aug 24, 2011

eh, ok. the story had a good plot that could have been an awesome book, but the story just wasn't enticing and failed to pull me in.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 19, 2013

“Then he was surrounded by tall, narrow people with lemon chiffon-, key lime pie-, and blueberry yogurt-colored skin, their snaky, knobby hair-vines darker colors, their clothes bumpy and strange, with parasols – or something made of webbing stretched over jointed frameworks – moving behind their heads.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 19, 2013

“You guys are like the psychos of the homeschool world, aren’t you?”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 19, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 19, 2013

You should probably know three things about Maya right from the outset. First off, her best friend Stephanie recently died and Maya’s family has moved so as to help their daughter cope. Second, Stephanie has found herself living next to a house where the denizens come and go in odd fashions, play strange instruments, and speak in tongues she doesn’t always understand. Third, there was a fairy in her room recently. It happened one night when Stephanie probably should have been asleep. No one would think much of it either, were it not for the fact that because of the strange fairy’s scent an odd boy decides that he can trust Maya. Next thing she knows she has a strange magical egg embedded under the skin of her wrist, and her neighbors are the only ones who can help her. Now Maya, like it or not, has gotten caught up in their world. The only question now is what’s in that egg and what will happen when it decides to hatch?

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