A delightful but heart-rending story about a shy girl who sets off on a quest to save her mother. Young Rage Winnoway’s closest friends are her dogs, and when she runs away to visit her mother in the hospital, she enters a magical world where her pets are transformed into beings who can help her. Performer Rebecca Macauley's voice is tender and sweet, with a light Australian accent, while Isobelle Carmody's writing creates a story that crosses deftly between real and imaginary worlds. A wonderful if sometimes sad story for older children.
Rage Winnoway's mother has been asleep since she had a terrible accident. In a quest to find healing magic, Rage and her animal friends travel through a strange gateway to Valley, a land of mythical beasts, talking dogs, and streets that change shapes. But Valley is no paradise. Harsh guardians rule a sinister black city, and fugitive witch folk work forbidden magic. Rage desperately wants to go home, but the one person who can help her, a wizard, has disappeared. Her only guides are the treacherous firecat and an enchanted hourglass.
This is the first book in the Gateway Trilogy.
"A brilliant tale of courage and transformation that will amaze and impress the minds of a young and old audience." (allreaders.com)
"Carmody's writing is satisfyingly brocaded and her elaborate world building will impress genre fans." (Booklist)
"This is a good, solid choice."(School Library Journal)