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There is potential for this book to be exciting and adventurous, but in the end, the fast pace and multitude of events make it a disappointing read. Basil’s adventures to the other worlds have the reader on the edge of his seat, eager for adventure, only to leave him disappointed. The character spends mere moments at each place, with conflicts quickly resolved. The lesson of “one grain of sand can tip the scale” is repeated so often, the reader will be rolling his eyes halfway through. However, characters are funny and easy to love. The climax is satisfying and surprising, though too brief for the extended buildup. The end goes on much longer than needed, however—readers can feel free to set aside the book without reading the final couple chapters as nothing of consequence is added. Boys expecting action probably won’t make it to the end; fans of the author may be disappointed. Though it does have redeeming qualities, overall, it is a book to pass on. ( )
  MartyAllen | Dec 19, 2011 |
Basil is a creature that hatches, but does not know what kind of creature he is. He dreams of being big! The story tells of his physical travels, as well as his journey to make his place in life in Avalon and the seven territories. He searches to warn Merlin of possible danger he has dreamed about.
The descriptions are great, as this book moves along, with many lessons in life for Basil. I had to keep reading and reading to the finale of this book. I would recommend this to the young reader, as well as adults.
  djturtle | Aug 8, 2010 |
I found this book a little tedious in the repetitive nature of the quests and problems faced. I skimmed a lot of it, reading only the dialogue and yes, it was interesting and cute but it didn't hold my interest enough throughout the book. ( )
  knielsen83 | Mar 5, 2009 |
Between T.A. Barron's Lost Years and The Tree of Avalon comes a great new series of Merlin's new friend Basil. ( )
  dreamerenglish | Jan 16, 2009 |
T. A. Barron's middle sequel. What happens between the Lost Years of Merlin and the Tree of Avalon. Wonderful story if you are looking for something for your Harry Potter readers try them on this series. ( )
  lindamamak | Jan 14, 2009 |
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In the years after Fincayra disappears and Merlin has been sent wandering, a young lizard-like creature, with the wings of a bat and the magical power to produce any smell it encounters, is born into the new world of Avalon. The unlikely hero—Basil, he is called—cannot find a single creature like itself nor a person who can tell him what he is. But it is clear that Basil is much more than he seems when he stumbles into an encounter with the great Merlin, saving his child’s life, then uncovers a secret plot by the evil Rhita Gawr. It’s a race against time and across Avalon as Basil, with the help of the faithful wind sister Ailah, searches for the great wizard to warn him.

This is one of T.A. Barron’s most thrilling adventures yet and features a new and unforgettable character in his earliest years.

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Basil, a small, flying lizard who is searching for others like himself, discovers that there is more to him than he knows, as he becomes engaged in Avalon's great war between the evil Rhita Gawr and the forces of good.

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