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The golden door / Emily Rodda.

By: Rodda, Emily, 1948-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Rodda, Emily. Three doors trilogy: 1.Publisher: Malvern, S. Aust. : Omnibus Books, 2011Edition: First published in 2011.Description: 264 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781862919129 (pbk); 1862919127 (pbk).Subject(s): Fantasy fiction -- Juvenile fiction | Imaginary wars and battles -- Juvenile fiction | Heroes -- Juvenile fiction | Brothers -- Juvenile fiction | Good and evil -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Fantasy fiction. | Fantasy fiction -- Juvenile fiction. | Fantasy fiction, juvenile. | Children's fantasy fiction. | Children's fiction.Summary: The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall?
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The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall?

Followed by: The silver door.

The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall?

For primary school age.

Ages 9+.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Mining folktale tropes, veteran Australian author Rodda (the Deltora Quest series) opens her Three Doors trilogy with promising urgency and a twist of historical consciousness. The enclave of Weld, surrounded by a wall with no opening, is under attack from above. Man-eating "skimmers" fly over the city on warm summer nights, swarming wherever there is light or sound. The autocratic government calls for volunteers to find and destroy the source of the scourge, revealing that there is, after all, a way out of the city. Sixteen-year-old Rye's older brothers, Dirk and Sholto, volunteer and vanish, presumed dead. After a foolish error by Rye impoverishes the family, he sneaks away to volunteer, facing the choice of the three magical doors and the challenges beyond. Are Rye's brothers really dead? Can the skimmers be stopped? And would anyone really want the promised reward: the Warden of Weld's spoiled daughter? Rodda avoids two-dimensional stereotypes entirely: while the brothers' roles are traditional, each is appealingly human. Rye goes questing, not because he has a high destiny, but because he loves and misses his family. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Like the protagonist in Rodda's Rowan of Rin (Greenwillow, 2001), Rye is young, naive, and voted least likely to save the walled city of Weld from anything, especially flying, destructive monsters. But when his two older brothers fail to return after volunteering to hunt these ravenous beasts, Rye lies about his age and heads off to find them. A Keep Orphan named Sonia convinces him to take her along, and together they step through the golden door and are magically whisked off to the Fell Zone, where they have to contend with dragons, blood hogs, sea serpents, and the evil and ancient Wizard Olt, who requires human sacrifices to stay alive. The mysterious Fellans inform Rye that he is a long-awaited hero and give him nine magical objects to help him find his oldest brother Dirk, stop Olt, and rescue the sacrifices. But wait, there's more-this is only the first book in a trilogy. Rye starts out quiet and introspective, but ultimately shows himself to be brave and resourceful, if unconvinced of his heroic destiny. There's a bit of mystery surrounding Sonia, who has some brave, resourceful moments of her own. The rest of the supporting cast is somewhat flat, with a few exceptions. Rodda's world-building is, as always, excellent, though her use of Fantasy Speech (no contractions) is distracting. There is some violence, but despite that and the fact that Rye and Sonia are teens, this curiously old-fashioned fantasy would work best with upper-elementary-aged readers.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

When the youngest of three brothers, Rye, decides to set off to find his lost siblings (whom many presume to be dead), he leaves behind the city of Weld, the only world he's known. As he stands before the three doors among which he must choose in order to begin his mission, Rye is joined by young Sonia, who becomes his companion despite his best efforts to lose her. In the monster- and trickster-filled journey that awaits them behind the titular Golden Door, he discovers that the walls of Weld have kept him both protected and ignorant. In this start to a new series, Rodda, the author of the popular Deltora Quest books, has created a well-realized, high-fantasy world, and the fast-paced, accessible story will leave readers anticipating Rye's next adventure.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist