City of the Beasts

City of the Beasts

Book - 2002
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When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2002
ISBN: 9780060509187
006050918X
9780060509170
0060509171
9780060776459
0060776455
9780060535032
0060535032
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Peden, Margaret Sayers

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cmlibrary_cbretz
Dec 29, 2015

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the Amazon? Alexander had never even considered the idea, but all of a sudden he finds himself in the Amazon with his eccentric grandmother, a reporter for International Geographic magazine, and a team of researchers. Their mission is to document the Beast, an elusive creature that most people have only heard stories about. Separated from his family, including his sick mother, Alexander must learn how to survive in one of the world’s few remaining untamed environments. Allende excels in writing novels that are both magical and realistic. Join Alexander on a journey of a lifetime. You won’t be disappointed!

I loved the description in this book!

jaelle Jan 17, 2012

Part of children's trilogy. OK for Somaya?

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DeltaQueen50
Apr 18, 2011

I found City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende an absorbing read. Telling the story of Alexander, who is sent off to accompany his grandmother on an expedition to the Amazon. His family is in crisis, with his mother very ill with cancer. Alex and his sisters are to be farmed out to the grandparents. Alex thinks he has drawn the short straw by being sent to his decidedly eccentric grandmother, Kate.

This coming-of-age tale was written beautifully, the South American jungle comes to life as do the inhabitants of the jungle. As the expedition travels deeper and deeper into the rainforest, civilization seems so very far away, and Alex comes into full contact with his spirituality. We are taken into the realms of a fantasy world as Alex and his friend Nadia are taken captive by the People of the Mist and eventually these two are taken to the City of the Beasts to meet the legendary creatures. They are given the tools they will need to ensure that the People of the Mist don’t come under the control of greedy entrepreneurs in the future.

Isabel Allende manages to include both the topics of genocide and the exploitation of the Amazon Basin in her story, but first and foremost, she stays true to her younger audience and tells a wonderful fantasy adventure story about a boy coming to terms with his life and taking those first steps towards becoming a man. I found the fantasy parts of the book a little weaker than the adventure story, but overall a good YA read.

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mstarcullen
Aug 02, 2010

i love it. it begins a great story line that continues into the following 2 books.

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