The Dark Hills Divide

The Dark Hills Divide

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When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall.
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 2005
Edition: 1st Orchard Books ed
ISBN: 9780439700931
Branch Call Number: J SERIES LAN
Characteristics: 253 p. : map ; 19 cm

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Oct 12, 2016

The Dark Hills Divide is a wonderful novel full of adventure and magic. It begins with Alexa Daley, a 12-year-old girl, daughter of an important man in their home town, Bridewell. Bridewell has a huge wall built around the perimeter that supposedly keeps out dangerous creatures that lurk in the Dark Hills. Alexa has always hated the walls, and wanted to sneak out into the Dark Hills and see for herself what is out there. Then an adventure follows where magical animals and humans must come together to unravel an old mystery that will change Bridewell’s history forever.
The beginning was a bit slow, but if you stick with it you will find a very entertaining story and plot. If you like books about girls that enjoy sneaking around dangerous places, then this is the book for you. Alexa learns that nobody is to be trusted- even library cats! The book is from Alexa’s point of view which gives you an exciting example of what is like to go on daring quests in 1st person. This book explores many themes, and after the first two chapters, never slows down. I would recommend this book for any girl ages 9-13 looking for a suspenseful and magical read.

Jul 19, 2016

Great read! We picked this one up before realizing it was a series so we are going to back track for "Into the Mist" then on to the next book. It was a great parent/child book, we listed on CD and followed along in the book, this combo really helped bring the story to life. Good characters and the story was intriguing!

I would recommend this book!

Into the Mist (Prequel)
The Dark Hills Divide (Book 1)
Beyond the Valley of Thorns (Book 2)
The Tenth City (Book 3)
Stargazer (Patrick Carman) (Book 4)

Nov 16, 2012

A fantasy dystopia, which you don't see much nowadays. But the twists and turns of this series should keep you going for a while.

Oct 17, 2012

Within the first chapter of this book, I was in love. I'm a huge perfectionist when it comes to literature but there isn't a thing I would change about this novel. This series is probably one of the best fantasy series of my generation.
Alexa Daley is one of the best heroines I've ever come across. The author doesn't try too hard to make her ironic, a flaw in most heroines’ construction. A lot of authors try too hard to make their heroines ironic or unique to appeal to the easily-bored, individualistic mindset of the modern world. The result is an empty husk. A lot of authors also have to drop hints to show the characteristics they are trying to establish, or directly state that their characters are ironic or unique. But the character’s actions don’t show the attributes they claim to have. Alexa is a curious soul who loves adventure and a bookaholic. She is mischievous but lovable. The author gives her little imperfections; she’s occasionally disobedient, breaks things from time to time. Also unlike a lot of heroines, little emphasis is placed on her looks. In the two books I have read, the author spends one paragraph describing her looks. He just describes her as short, skinny, with sandy-colored hair in a braid. He just describes her, not saying whether or not she is ugly or attractive, because he knows that is not relevant. Alexa doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about her looks. She cares more about learning, being with those she loves, and finding adventure. In a lot of other books I’ve read, the authors put a lot of emphasis on the characters’ looks. Even the ones that are supposedly “plain” receive a lot of praise for their looks and worrying a great deal about their appearances, using their looks to manipulate others. This is no message to be spreading to young girls. I wish there were more heroines like Alexa out there.
There are an abundance of bad openings out there. One of them is immediately jamming the first chapter with tons of action, names and concepts in a ham-fisted attempt to grab the reader’s attention. Carman understands the importance of suspense, though. He understands that plot and setting must be fully developed. He gives away little clues to the action to come, urging the reader to read on. Instead of relying too heavily on mythology, the author creates his own mythology.
The plot was not predictable, the ending was unexpected.

Aug 14, 2012

Ya. it was a bit boring in the first few pages, but then it became very interesting. I own it. I hate Pervis Kotcher!

Jun 16, 2012

It's a great book. The start kind was kind of boring. But, the boring part was very small. Then, it picked up and was fantastic. Great for nine years old -twelve years old.

Jun 01, 2012

it was a bit boring at start

Apr 22, 2009

I have a passion for adventure and this is packed!READ IT! i've recomended it to lots of people and they all love it!


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