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Maeve is disgruntled and depressed when she is sent for the summer to her aunt's house in Newfoundland while her parents try to work out problems in their marriage and careers. But she does enjoy Newfoundland's rustic charms and the closeness she feels there to her favourite grandmother, now dead. Maeve's grandmother was the author of a fantastic book about the secret worlMaeve is disgruntled and depressed when she is sent for the summer to her aunt's house in Newfoundland while her parents try to work out problems in their marriage and careers. But she does enjoy Newfoundland's rustic charms and the closeness she feels there to her favourite grandmother, now dead. Maeve's grandmother was the author of a fantastic book about the secret world of Annwn and Maeve is delighted to discover her grandmother's diary and a beautiful Celtic brooch that was stored with it.Then something strange begins to happen, something that convinces Maeve she is leaving Newfoundland, and in no ordinary fashion. Before long, Maeve finds herself in the Hidden World, a place she is sure her grandmother has visited too, a place that is alive with magic and danger. As she struggles to help her new-found friends in Annwn and unravel the mystery of her grandmother's time there, she finds herself immersed in a world of legend, where Celtic myths, tales of the sea and the secrets of Avalon come together in a fantastic and horrifying way....

Title : The Hidden World
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ISBN : 9780670882212
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Hidden World Reviews

  • Kalen
    2018-12-02 17:48

    This is a story of a girl who's not so special in this world, even bullied but is special and well liked in a parallel universe.I found the mythology hard to follow in this story and I don't think the Gaelic or Celtic words enhanced the story for me. I also found the climax a little flat and boring.

  • Sof
    2018-11-23 14:46

    I read this book in junior high, and soon forgot most of the important details. What stayed with me was that it was filled with rich imagery of the foggy and mysterious coast of Newfoundland. I remembered that it was my first introduction to the somewhat dark "fairy world" of Celtic legends and mythology, which in the story lived on in an alternate, more real version of our world, and that the protagonist's name began with M. Armed with this information, I tried unsuccessfully to track this book down for a long time. Finally got a hold of it last week, and I was afraid it would be like other disappointing revisits of things that once fascinated me, like re-watching All Dogs Go to Heaven. Turns out it was almost as captivating as the first time I read it, and it was quite fun to "walk around" in that story again and recognize things as I went along. I would say that the characters could use more depth; I did not really feel much for any of them, except that I think the true protagonist is not Meave, but the mythology itself. There is a lot more feeling and attention given to this rich tradition of stories, how it interacts and compares with religions and ideologies, how it is affected by current problems and how it continues to influence the lives of people who believe it and those who don't.Therefore, while I found the plot and characters slightly lacking, the setting and the history were wonderful. The pronunciation guide was interesting and helpful, but there were still so many words that I had to skim over without getting to "hear" how they sounded.I'm glad I found this book again.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-19 17:47

    Original rating: 5 starsNew rating: 3 starsI read this book for the first time when I was 12 years old. I don't remember much about that reading, beyond the fact that I adored this book. So I chose it for the PopSugar reading challenge "a book you loved as a child." I approached it with some trepidation; you know how it is to revisit things that you felt so passionately about when you were younger. I have had many of those things disappoint me as an adult and it is a singular kind of loss. I was right to be trepidatious. It isn't that the book lacks charms. I like all of the Celtic/Gaelic lore mixed in, and the last third is more tightly plotted and interesting than the rest of the book. But the characters did not inspire me to love them; they didn't feel real. They FELT like characters. I was always very aware that I was reading a book. I couldn't get lost in it this time. And good Lord, I really needed less of the random exposition to masquerade as "plot." Simply talking about tangentially related stories and mythology doesn't actually count as moving the story forward. Then to have the entire plot wrapped up on an island far away from all of the other characters, to not even witness the resolution of the conflict except through a half-baked "vision" of Maeve's, was extremely anti-climatic. I am glad that my 12 year old self enjoyed this book as much as she did. But my 28 year old self cannot claim the same.

  • Heather
    2018-11-29 10:38

    I borrowed this book from my local library at the beginning of high school without knowing that there was a prequel to it. If you read this one, or are reading it, and having difficulty understanding some references, read the prequel and it will explain everything. It's more like the first book than a prequel, but whatever. I've always enjoyed reading stories about faeries ever since I read OR Melling's work when I was a kid, and I'd have to say that Alison Baird comes very close to being on par with her. And they're both Canadian, plus!

  • Victoria
    2018-12-04 11:43

    I read this book when I was in high school, and really enjoyed it. Especially considering I had to read it for school work. I just read it for a second time and it really is a great book.It's a Canadian book, so it tickles the Canadian pride when you read about a town or city and have been there before.There are things I didn't like, but only minor things (I think the word"presently" is over used) and overall it's a great story that ended far too quickly.

  • Anthony Zappia
    2018-12-06 10:37

    Loved this book even though it's aimed at younger readers. If you like stories with a Celtic theme you may want a read of this one. Alison Baird has blended all these different aspects of Celtic history and mythology into this parallel world. Fabulous.

  • Maeve LaFey
    2018-11-25 14:00

    Wonderful read, a true page turner. Not a challenging read, but it was steeped in mythology and was an amazing middle grade novel. I loved it as a child and I still love it as an adult. Suspenseful and wonderful till the last page!

  • Siobhan Searle
    2018-12-16 12:47

    Until discovering this book in my local library I had never heard of it, which is a great shame because it's fantastic! Alison's use of Celtic legends, such as King Arthur; and mythology, mingled in a modern age is artful. I found it not only enjoyable, but inspirational!

  • Liz
    2018-11-22 13:48

    Pretty good book I must say. Definitely something to either read to your kids or pick up at the library for them ( maybe even for yourself for a light read)

  • Donna
    2018-12-14 10:56

    Another "loved and adored as a kid" book.

  • Adrian
    2018-11-23 14:50

    You usually hear from my generation that they got into reading because of Harry Potter--but for me it was this book. This book really takes me to another world.

  • Sylvia
    2018-11-27 16:48

    Arthurian legend lovers only, lots of celtic stuff, little story, but not bad.

  • Ashton
    2018-12-12 17:39

    This is my favorite book in the world, I don't know why, I just loved Maeve, I guess I could relate to her in some ways? I love the concept of time travel and it takes place in Canada!