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For Children
Author: Jane Johnson
ISBN: 1416904190
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia (February 28, 2005)
Language English
Category: For Children
Rating: 4.2
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In The Secret Country, Jane Johnson introduces us to a whole new world of enchantments, filled with amazing characters and outlandish situations, all brought together with a welcome warmth and wit, and presented in Jane's elegant, effortless prose.

In The Secret Country, Jane Johnson introduces us to a whole new world of enchantments, filled with amazing characters and outlandish situations, all brought together with a welcome warmth and wit, and presented in Jane's elegant, effortless prose. It's a marvelous start to what promises to be a wonderfully off-beat and original series.

As a writer she has used the pseudonyms Gabriel King, jointly with M. John Harrison, and Jude Fisher, as well as her real name

As a writer she has used the pseudonyms Gabriel King, jointly with M. John Harrison, and Jude Fisher, as well as her real name. Jane Johnson was educated at Liskeard Grammar School.

The Secret Country book. Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer

The Secret Country book. Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything. Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer. She was responsible for publishing the works of J R R Tolkien during the 1980s and 1990s and worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, spending many months in New Zealand with cast and crew. Under the pseudonym aka Jude Fisher, Gabriel King (with M. John Harrison).

Jane Johnson is the director of HarperCollins UK's fantasy and science fiction list and for many years was the publisher of J. R. Tolkien's work. While she has written adult novels as both Gabriel King and Jude Fischer, the Eidolon Chronicles is her first series for children

Jane Johnson is the director of HarperCollins UK's fantasy and science fiction list and for many years was the publisher of J. While she has written adult novels as both Gabriel King and Jude Fischer, the Eidolon Chronicles is her first series for children. Ms. Johnson lives in London and Morocco. Adam Stower has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories.

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Jane Johnson is the director of HarperCollins UK's fantasy and science . The Secret Country is a worthwhile addition to the fantasy bookshelf for young readers. And yet it takes the protagonist a long, long time - almost the whole book - to figure out what his mother's situation is, something that is obvious to the reader quite early on. Maybe Johnson wants her reader to have the satisfaction of being smarter than her hero!

Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything.

Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything. He doesn't have a choice, really.

Jane Johnson is the Publisher of HarperCollins' science fiction and fantasy list, Voyager. She has written adult novels as both Gabriel King and Jude Fisher, but the Secret Country books are her first for children. She has been involved in the publishing of JRR Tolkien's works for many years and is the author of the official Visual Companions to Peter Jackson's movie trilogy of The Lord Of The Rings. She lives in South London and Cornwall, with her two cats. More About Jane Johnson. More Books By Jane Johnson. View All Books By Jane Johnson.

Diana Gabaldon meets Ken Follett in this epic story of love, war and redemption.

Page-turning mystery, grandly seductive romance and full historical immersion into Moroccan court history, this exquisitely depicted and intensely absorbing novel follows in the bestselling tradition of The Tenth Gift and The Salt Road. Diana Gabaldon meets Ken Follett in this epic story of love, war and redemption. In the Syrian city of Akka, Nathanael, a young Jewish doctor, and a Muslim girl called Zohra are about to fall in love, unaware that Jerusalem has just been taken by Saladin's army and that their city will soon be engulfed by war.

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Xal
The Secret Country is a worthwhile addition to the fantasy bookshelf for young readers. Written with humor and warmth, plus a deep knowledge of the fantasy genre, it moves briskly, throwing its young hero from the domestic frying pan into the Narnian fire with barely time for a night's sleep.

Because she is committed to moving her story along quickly, Johnson tends to "tell" more than she "shows" in the early pages of the story. Her hero tells a lot about his family before you get to see much of them in action. The cat narrates the whole background of Eidolon in one gulp. And yet it takes the protagonist a long, long time -- almost the whole book -- to figure out what his mother's situation is, something that is obvious to the reader quite early on. Maybe Johnson wants her reader to have the satisfaction of being smarter than her hero!

The main reservation I have about this book is that it is not terribly original -- though the books it echoes are wonderful books. In tone, it recalls Nesbit's fantasy books of 100 years ago. In plot and theme (and unfortunately its attitude toward girls) it mimics C.S. Lewis. Some of the details are (sorry, Jane Johnson, but you should know better!) too similar to Harry Potter. The "My Father's Dragon" books also came to mind several times, as did the works of Alan Garner and Susan Cooper and Dodie Smith and so on. (The little references to Tolkien, on the other hand, were charming.)

Still, this is a fine read, and I look forward to the sequels.
Dianaghma
All Ben Arnold wants in life are Mongolian Fighting Fish. The day he walks into Mr. Dodds's Pet Emporium with enough money to buy them should be the best day of his life. Except that he walks out with a cat. It's not really his fault. After all, the cat made him do it.

Ignatius Sorvo Coromandel, Iggy for short, also known as the Wanderer, has quite a story for Ben. He is from another world, a world called Eidolon. A world full of exotic, mythical, talking creatures. A world that is slowly dying and losing its magic. Someone is stealing creatures out of Eidolon and selling them in Ben's world. Each time a creature leaves, the magic is less. And each time one dies, which happens shortly after they enter our world, more magic disappears.

The most amazing part of all, aside from the talking cat thing, is that Iggy claims Ben's mother is the Queen of Eidolon! That's why Ben can understand Iggy, and the other strange creatures that are beginning to appear in random places. That means that Ben is a prince and his two sisters are princesses! And that's why Ben's mom is getting sick.

If Ben can go to Eidolon, he might be able to help save both the world and his mom. First, he'll have to escape Mr. Dodds and Awful Uncle Aliester, who are bad enough in the regular world and ten times worse in Eidolon. Not to mention Cousin Sylvia and her creepy hairless cat. Then he'll have to navigate a completely foreign land where he can't be sure who to trust.

Mythical creatures and huge battles are all well and fun in books, but living through them is a whole different story!

I love this book, in every way possible! The plot is interesting and moves along at a perfect pace, fast enough to keep you interested but not so much so that you get confused. It's written simply, but never in a way that makes you feel silly. The characters, even the creatures, are extremely interesting and realistic. The part I like best though, is that there is a great sense of humor throughout the story.

I love it. My six-year-old nephew loves it. My ten-year-old niece loves it. You can't ask for more than that.

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
Thordibandis
This story is about a boy named Ben Arnold who is relatively normal, but then he buys a talking cat named Iggy. Iggy is from a magic country called Eidolon, where there's dragons, magic, talking animals, and fairies. Ben finds out that his mother is the Queen of Eidolon, so he is prince, even though is father is from earth. "The bad guy" in this book is the Dodman (who exists also in the human world) and Old Creepie (who is someone VERY close to Ben, but I won't tell who) and they are trying to take over Eidolon and it's magical creatures. This book was soooo good, I finished it in an hour because I just HAD to figure out what would come next! :)
Nicanagy
Though it may seem like something of a ripoff of Harry Potter, The Secret Country: The Eidolon Chronicles truly stands alone as a brilliant novel, seemingly 'inspired' by Harry Potter, Tolkien etc.

Written in third person, Jane Johnson A.K.A/ Gabriel King A.K.A/ Jude Fisher, takes the reader through an enchanting tale of the adventures of a boy named Ben Christopher Arnold, who, in his infancy, accidently changed the color of his right eye. Then, some years in the future, he sets his sights on two Mongolian Fighting Fish. When he finally raises the money, he is 'convinced' by a talking cat, to buy it instead. The cat, Ignatius Sorvo Coromandel, (you can call him Iggy) turns out to be from another world, and 'wandered' into Ben's (Note: This does take place on earth) world, where he was promptly kidnapped. Everything from there onward is perfect blend of adventure, humor, horror, possible romance, and friendship. This is a genius book for both boys and girls, and a sequel is in the making. This is a must read for anyone who likes: fantasy, action, cats, dogs, most magical creatures and talking cockroaches.
Phobism
Since this is the first book in what will become a series, the first third of the book was a little slow as the author set up the characters and the events that will shape the series. But once the action started I couldn't put this book down. Think Narnia meets Lord of the Rings. I'm 28 and I still found this book highly enjoyable...I think kids and teens will love this book as well. I'm actually a middle school teacher so I read a lot of books for young adults and children. I will definitely be reading book 2 when it comes out!