Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Door to Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario

Title: The Door to Time
Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover, 223 pages
Date Published: January 1, 2006

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia have just moved from London to an old mansion on the English coast. Their new home is filled with twisting tunnels and strange artifacts from around the world, and the twins can't wait to discover all its secrets. Before long, Jason, Julia, and their friend Rick stumble upon a mysterious-looking door hidden behind an old wardrobe. But none of the keys in the house will open it. What lies behind the door? And why has someone tried to conceal it? Jason, Julia, and Rick are determined to find out, no matter what it takes....
First off, the book is marketed as being Ulysses Moore, but is actually written by someone from Italy and has been translated to English. That being said, I think there were some things lost in the translation.

Our three main characters, twins Jason and Julia and their friend Rick, are fun to follow and each of them offers something different. Julia constant sarcasm and joking keeps the mood light, but Rick irked me a bit. The twins are 11 and Rick is 12, but, at times, their dialogue and knowledge base far exceeds their ages.

Still, the story is interesting enough and there is an air of mystery surrounding the twins’ home on the cliffside. The manor’s caretaker, Nester, is hard to figure out, which I like. I never really knew what to expect from the book, but at the same time, I wasn’t really that into it either. The children talk about things that were kind of over my head and I don’t see how middle grade aged children can really get a feel for something that they don’t really understand.

Aside from that, the story had its pros. Like I said, the mystery will keep the reader guessing about what’s going to happen and as the children discover more and more, it’s hard to put the book down. Budding explorers will get a kick out of The Door to Time, but they have to want it because the story moves fairly slowly. The ending is what the entire book should have been about, but since it wasn’t, I can only imagine that the second book, The Long-Lost Map, is much more exciting.

Opening line: The house appeared suddenly from around the bend. ~ pg. 2

Favorite lines: His destiny was not to die in some dark tunnel. No, he was meant for something more. ~ pg. 161
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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~The Book Pixie said...

Yeah it can be really annoying when younger characters aren't realistically portayed for their age. The story sounds really interesting though and it's fairly short so I think I may give this one a try. At least I know what to expect going into it though. Thanks for the great, honest review! :D


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