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Elidor (Odyssey Classics (Odyssey Classics))

Press: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (March 1, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-3
Author Name:Garner, Alan


A mechanical street map, a deserted slum, a church in ruins, and a football. 
Four ordinary things lead the Watson children on an extraordinary adventure to a magical land called Elidor.
In pursuit of four ancient treasures, the forces of evil have crossed over into our world, and it falls to the Watson children to find the treasures, seal the bridge between worlds, and guard the strayed unicorn Findhorn .
even though their heroism may cost them everything.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8. 
Alan Garner's book (Philomel, 1965) comes alive in this production.
The four Watson children explore an abandoned street in post-World War II England.
When they go inside a ruined church, they are transported to another land--Elidor.
Roland, the youngest boy, meets Malebron, a once powerful man, who begs the children for help.
An ancient prophecy tells of their coming and saving Elidor and its treasures.
Malebron sends the children back to their world to safeguard the treasures.
Roland leads the children on their fateful and often dangerous quest.
Full of requisite fantasy elements, this story regales listeners with tales of singing unicorns, dark and evil forces, far-off castles, and the heroic adventures of a young boy.
Reader Garard Green (of BBC fame) has a clear, strong voice suitable for this tale.
Since the story is heavy on dialogue, he only changes voices slightly.
His British accent is easy to understand.
The story moves along at a fast pace, with elements of adventure and fantasy at every corner.
This fantasy could make new fans of the genre, and should entertain those already familiar with this type of tale.?Angela J.
Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Washington Co., ORCopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"A superb juxtaposition of the everyday and the magical, the ordinary and the fabulous."--The Horn Book"Each detail, ordinary or sinister, establishes atmosphere, background, or character exactly. 
Elidor is a remarkable book: intelligent, rich, and terrifying."--Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

ALAN GARNER is the award-winning author of Elidor, The Owl Service, The Moon of Gomrath, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and The Stone Book Quartet. 
He lives in Cheshire, England.

From AudioFile

When the four Watson children go into a ruined church in a deserted neighborhood in Manchester, England, they enter the strange world of Elidor, a land being overrun by an evil power. 
The children reluctantly become the guardians of Elidor's treasures--a sword, a stone, a spear, and a cauldron--and return with them to their twentieth-century world.
Now the Watsons, as well as Elidor, are threatened.
Garard Green, a seasoned audiobook narrator, gives the children convincing childlike voices and varies tone and phrasing to effectively communicate their emotions, as well as their words.
As the Watsons courageously fight off the evil that so relentlessly pursues them, Green makes the unbelievable seem all too believable, wrapping the listener in the magical, sinister atmosphere of Garner's well-crafted fantasy.
(c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Okay, Garner lacks the modern sensibility of Rowlings, but this is great stuff. A bit darker than Narnia, easier to grasp than Middle Earth, this is thrilling stuff-- I can still remember tha chills I got during the climactic scenes of this book long ago. A great read from a terribly under-appreciated author...

  •     While the four Watson children, Roland, Nicholas, David, and Helen are exploring a bombed out section of London, they are transported to the other dimensional world of Elidor.

  •     Siblings Roland, Helen, David, and Nicholas are exploring an area of Manchester when they are transported to Elidor. With help from Malebron they retrieve four treasures and must take them back to their own world to guard them. The children bury the treasures in the garden. But as time passes they realize that evil forces from Elidor are searching for them. The children must find a way to protect both Elidor and their own world. The spooky manifestations of the evil from Elidor are very well done and the folklore references are effective, but the story is strangely lacking in action, leaving the reader wanting more. Nonetheless, an intriguing read.

  •     This Fantastic book is about 4 children who are brought into elidor. they meet malebron who gives them the four treasures of Elidor But by taking them back into their world, they...

  •     <mild spoiler warning>Reading the other reviews for this book, the main criticism seems to be its story arc.

  •     "Elidor" is best described as a solid little fantasy story -- it's just not spectacular. While suspenseful and intriguing, it doesn't really have a good sense of the epic or the...

  •     Ok, I admit taht when I first read ELIDOR as probably an 11 year old I liked it the least of Garner's books to date.

  •     An unpredictable story of otherworld passages and Garner's wonderful ability to paint a scene. Suspense and strangeness everywhere. The initial setting, in the remains of a bombed out section of Manchester is creepy enough and it gets weirder from there. Alan Garner is one of my favorite authors - as a child nearly 50 years ago, and to read/listen all over again as an adult.

  •     Thoroughly enjoyable - intriguing, thrilling, beautifully paced, full of twists and turns. Will delight any teenager or frankly any adult reader who loves exceptionally good...

  •     The four Watson children are wandering about in the slums of the city. They see a fiddler who leads them into the magical land of Elidor. Now they must embark on a dangerous mission to protect four ancient treasures. As forces of evil begin to cross over into our world, they start to see that they were in for more than they expected. Now its up to the Watson children to guard the lost unicorn Findhorn and seal the bridges between the two worlds. Elidor is a great fantasy book filled with action and adventure. There was also good transitions between the everyday life in the book and fictional part of the book. However I would've liked to know more about the land Elidor and why it was in trouble.

  •     4 siblings, Enid Blyton kids in mildly mean streets of post war bombed-out Manchester. Filling time with a walk into a demolition area before the train home, they encounter a pied piper (fiddler). He is a presentiment of strange places and events. A booted football taken from the street, a broken window in a church, angry demo workmen. Alan Garner starts his story as slowly as the children walking. A simple telling leads us into a new world linked to, evidenced by and then emerging in our ordinary one. Apparent casual normalcy obscures the continual magic of events. At first we hardly notice, as it gradually builds to a mythic crescendo. When it bursts upon us, our eyes open. In "Elidor", Alan Garner has written a unique book. It is for children or adults, a quick easy read. The writer's deep knowledge of story, legend and place barely show, yet they are the deep foundation on which the story is built. Though I didn't realise it until the book neared its end, this is one of the finest imaginative novels I've read. I strongly recommend it and Alan Garner's work.

  •     I read this as a 10 year old in primary school and re-read it recently. It is suspenseful, creepy in parts and realistically portrays the 4 children. I found it interesting from a historical perspective too, with the descriptions of old Manchester. My 9 year old tried it, but it does not translate easily to an american audience in his age group. He may have to watch some BBC first.

  •     "Roland shivered with the effort of looking. He wanted to fix every detail in his mind for ever, so that no matter what else happened there would always be this." It's been a number of years since I read Garner's books. I pulled them out and started into ELIDOR. Turns out - I didn't remember any details of this book in the series, so it truly was a new reading to me. Like so many of my favorite writers, Garner fits enough plot and character into 145 pages whereas many writers can't make a clean work in 500 pages. Written in the late '60's and my copy a reprint from the early '80's - it has a definite Narnia plot running - thin walls between our world and another that is being swallowed by darkness and needs the help of four siblings (David, Nicholas, Helen & Roland). A shift between the two worlds - a hunt for magical treasures is followed by a return to normal life at home and the slipping away of whether it ever happened at all. Similarities - but this story runs darker than Narnia. And the reminders of their adventure keep jabbing at these kids - bursts of static electricity, phantom silhouettes in the rose garden, some serious harassment of these folks front door and mail slot and even a handful plastic prizes: "Are you saying Malebron's sending us souvenirs from Hong Kong?") While the kids turn skeptic, Roland alone packs enough faith to keep the whole bunch on the right track and the story takes some clean, sharp turns - before clipping off abruptly. Geek notes: Had to go online and look-up a few things (dolmen - [...] and even found their old house address at 20 Fog Lane, Manchester: mappable). I'll be on into reading the next book in the series and see if it keeps me guessing, too.

  •     This is a very interesting book and my son and I enjoyed reading it together. It was a bit scary at times so I'd recommend an older reading age, perhaps 9 or 10 at the...

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