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Publisher's Summary

When Stephen, raised as an orphan, learns that he has inherited an estate in the Cornish countryside, he has no idea what to expect. And when he arrives at Lansbury Hall, there is no one to greet him...or so he thinks. But waiting for Stephen are his great uncle's diary of a journey long ago up the Amazon with a native guide...and a hidden valley filled with creatures from the Amazon rainforest.
©2003 Charmian Hussey; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"An ambitious blend of fantasy, mystery, and ecological adventure." (School Library Journal)
"Readers of this unusual book will find snippets of Dickens, hints of Harry Potter, and even a bit of Jean George. Yet this novel is uniquely its own." (Booklist)
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By Sheila on 08-16-05

Enchanting Enough

The story and the telling of it were beautiful. The sense of revealing the mystery in both past and present kept me wanting to hear the next word. The images were wonderfully painted. The one thing that kept this a 4-star rather than a 5-star is the nearly incessant soapboxing. I understand and admire the the author's passion about saving the rainforests (just to be clear, that message is restated in an afterword), but the lecturing interfered with the enjoyment of the story. It made me wonder if the text version of the book was printed in biogradeable inks on 100% recycled paper and delivered on foot to bookstores so petrol would not be used in getting them distributed. This book is definitely on my "listen to again" list, but not until I'm in the appropriate mood.

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By pawbk on 11-28-16

Haunting

Very well read. Not what I was expecting, even better. A unique and unusual story.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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