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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
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The Neverending Story (original 1985; edition 1997)

by Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translator)

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Title:The Neverending Story
Authors:Michael Ende
Other authors:Ralph Manheim (Translator)
Info:Dutton Juvenile (1997), Edition: Revised, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction

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Unlike any other story ever told, the Neverending Story, not only takes you to fantasy, but also brings fantasy to reality. It is, without a doubt, the philosopher's stone of fantastic literature. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
I first read this book when I was 10 or 11. Over twenty years later, it's still one of my favorites. This story has so much depth that each time it's read, it may as well be a different story altogether. Like Mr. Correander points out to Bastian, "The Neverending Story is different for each person", this holds true. This has to be the sixth or seventh time in my life that I've read this and still it was like a brand-new adventure. I smiled as I read chapters that remembered, and was in awe of ones I didn't. To this day, a piece of my heart belongs to Atreyu who has to be the bravest boy I've ever "met".

This story carries a lot of emotion in it, and more than one cloaked lesson between its pages. It's definite must read by parents to their children. Not only will it teach children valuable life lessons, it will help parents to better see the world through their children's eyes and hearts. Perhaps it will remind parents of their own adventures in Fantastica, after all, we adults tend to forget the many times we've been there and have given the Childlike Empress her name >~.^ ( )
  S.CuAnam_Policar | Feb 7, 2015 |
This German tale is about a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a book in an antique store. The story is completely enthralling and soon he finds himself within the story. He meets the young warrior named Atreyu and his Luckdragon named Falkor, who are trying to save the Childlike Empress from the encroaching “nothing”. As he begins to loose himself in the world of Fantastica, his new friend Atreyu helps him find his way home.

Parts of this book are so dark for a young adult story. The sea of sadness, werewolf named Gmork, and a spider-like beast called Ygramul the Many all would have scared me silly if I’d read them when I was young. Also, the plot with the AURYN gem and the way it changes Bastian reminded me a bit too much of the Lord of the Rings. Not a bad book, but not one that was a new favorite. ( )
  bookworm12 | Jan 19, 2015 |
This book is definitely better than the movie that scarred and traumatised my childhood (which, incidentally, only tells half of the book's story). It definitely has a German quality to it, though. There are lots of characters introduced at a time, and while this feels normal in the beginning of the book, it becomes a drag in the last third, where I at least felt like I had figured out the gist of what was to come and wondered how long it was going to take the author to get us to it. This won't be an all time favourite, but the plot makes for a pretty clever idea overall. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Nov 22, 2014 |
1.) Bastian is the main character who is extremely lonely but comes across an odd book that drew him into another world. Only a human can save this magical place called Fantastica to get to the Empress. He has to go through a long journey and adventures with monsters, dragons, monsters and so much more. The further he travels the more it seems he may not be able to return back to where he came from.

2.) This book is another favorite and Classic in my opinion. I love books that take me out of my element and has your mind running wild. This book is probably geared towards school age kids which would be a great read due to all of the adventure and twists and turns. I love that this book was written years and years ago but can still be read today or read more than once and still brings so much joy and excitement to the reader and audience.

3.) The classroom idea I would use for this particular book would be a group or partner activities. Journal entries and group discussion & feedback on what they is happening & what they may happen in the rest of the book. ( )
  ashpoe | Oct 26, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ende, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Basoli, AntonioIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nieuwenhuizen, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pandolfi, AminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadflieg, RoswithaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.

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Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

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