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The Ever Breath

by Julianna Baggott

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I enjoyed it. and cant wait for next book. its a fun action world. read it in one setting. good clean fun book. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Feb 12, 2010 |
Twins Truman and Camille are sent to live with their paternal grandmother when their father disappears. They discover that their grandmother is actually one guardian of the passageway between the human world that they’re used to, and the magical Breath World that consists of all the creatures and phenomena they never believed possible. The two worlds require one another to survive, and the mystical Ever Breath ball keeps the worlds balanced.

However, the Ever Breath has disappeared, and if Camille and Truman don’t embrace their lineage and help out, the passageway could be sealed off and the two worlds could self-destruct. It’s up to the twins to fend off malicious creatures, thwart the iron-fisted Breath World’s government, and locate their dad in a race against time to save the two worlds.

THE EVER BREATH surprisingly and happily brought me back to memories of days when I devoured books by Eva Ibbotson, Roald Dahl, and the like. Young readers about to move past too-easy chapter books will eagerly swallow up this old-fashioned kid-versus-evil adventure tale.

Truman, Camille, and almost all of the characters are remarkably well developed. Truman, with his countless allergies and medical problems, manages to find his place in the Breath World, while his tough-exterior sister learns that she can be vulnerable and still be okay. They read like they could be your friends, or your classmates.

The world-building is fantastic, drawing us in quickly yet beautifully, with interesting but not overwhelming descriptions and happily paced narration. It is clear from her prose that Baggott knows how to write for late-elementary school kids. However, the ending seemed disproportionately swift and too easily wrapped up compared to the amount of detail and attention paid to introducing the characters, setting, and conflict.

In spite of that, THE EVER BREATH is still a worthwhile book to steer kids toward. It brings back all the magic of juvenile fantasy that I often reminisce about. I have a feeling that Baggott’s books will go alongside Eva Ibbotson’s as great reads for 8- to 12-year-olds. ( )
  stephxsu | Dec 27, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385737610, Hardcover)

Follow the secret passageway . . . and discover the magic!

In a world where locust fairies flutter and firebreathers burst from snowbanks, two children are having the adventure of their lives. Truman and his twin sister, Camille, have just met their grandmother . . . and she’s a little strange. She whispers a tale about something called the Ever Breath, an amber orb that maintains the balance between our world and a dreamy one of imagination—and evil.

Soon Truman and Camille find themselves in the Breath World, a magical place where ogres clash and a mouse holds the key to a mystery. Some creatures want to help them—and some want them D-E-A-D. That’s because the Ever Breath has been stolen, and an epic battle is raging to bring it safely back. Can the twins save not only one world—but two?

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Twins Truman and Camille, spending winter break with their paternal grandmother, follow a secret passageway to the Breath World, where all creatures of magic dwell, to find the Ever Breath, a magical stone that maintains balance between worlds.

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