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READ KINDLE Ú City of the Beasts ⚢ Fifteen year old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the known as the BeastBut there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery My friend read Isabel Allende books and she lend me this one At first, after a few pages, I was sceptical and didn t expect much I decided to keep on reading in any case I cannot put a book down, even if it is bad and I soon relized that I may have been predjudiced The story line was quite nice but the fact that the boy played flute certainly made an impact I had some trouble with my commitment towards my flute playing because I didn t practice and whatever Although him pulling his flute My friend read Isabel Allende books and she lend me this one At first, after a few pages, I was sceptical and didn t expect much I decided to keep on reading in any case I cannot put a book down, even if it is bad and I soon relized that I may have been predjudiced The story line was quite nice but the fact that the boy played flute certainly made an impact I had some trouble with my commitment towards my flute playing because I didn t practice and whatever Although him pulling his flute out and playing in theseems a bit well crazy and far fetched it really made me want to play flute So this book brought my passion back for my lovely flute I think overall there are some real inspirational thoughts and moral values portrayed in this book in an easy, understandable way I would recommend this to everyone, even thos who do not like to read It s an easy read with passion and adventure whatod you need La ciudad de las bestias City of the Beasts Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar 1 , Isabel AllendeCity of the Beasts is the first young adult novel by Chilean American writer Isabel Allende Published in 2002 City of the Beasts begins with the story of Alexander Cold, who is 15 years old and going through a family crisis While his parents leave for Texas to try to treat his mother s cancer, Alex and his sisters are sent to live with their grandmothers Despite his desperate pleading, Alex La ciudad de las bestias City of the Beasts Memories of the Eagle and the Jaguar 1 , Isabel AllendeCity of the Beasts is the first young adult novel by Chilean American writer Isabel Allende Published in 2002 City of the Beasts begins with the story of Alexander Cold, who is 15 years old and going through a family crisis While his parents leave for Texas to try to treat his mother s cancer, Alex and his sisters are sent to live with their grandmothers Despite his desperate pleading, Alex is sent off to New York City to stay with his eccentric grandmother Kate Cold, a reporter for International Geographic Magazine His sisters, however are sent to live with their Grandmother Carla Meanwhile, Kate announces that she will be taking Alex with her to therain forest during his visit Once Alex arrives in New York City, and finds out that his grandmother had no intentions of collecting him at the airport and is forced to walk to her apartment, several blocks away In the process he meets a girl named Morgana, a homeless girl in her mid 20 s She offers him pot and steals his backpack that contained his clothes, his money and his flute He is greatly saddened by the loss of his precious flute, but Kate gives him the flute belonging to his grandfather, Joseph Cold Soon, they pack off to go to thewith some professors and photographers The reason Kate goes is to write an article about the Beast 2011 1389 331 1383 332 9789645757838 1389 Gah I was really disappointed with this little series from Allende I love her books so much, but she did NOT successfully make the transition to writing for younger readers The plots of all three in the series were very interesting and could have been a lot of fun, but the writing was often awkward and forced, especially the magical bits The characters were a little two dimensional, and even the dialogue was strained She had some nifty ideas, but it seemed like she was trying to dumb them d Gah I was really disappointed with this little series from Allende I love her books so much, but she did NOT successfully make the transition to writing for younger readers The plots of all three in the series were very interesting and could have been a lot of fun, but the writing was often awkward and forced, especially the magical bits The characters were a little two dimensional, and even the dialogue was strained She had some nifty ideas, but it seemed like she was trying to dumb them down for younger readers, rather than just letting them flow The longer I live, theuninformed I feel Only the young have an explanation for everythingI saw this book lurking in my bookshelf the other day and a sense of nostalgia swept over me as I remembered how this might have been one of the first Young Adult books I ve ever read, all the way back when I wasn t even one myself I picked this up again, wondering how well I remembered things and how I perceived them now In this ian adventure, fifteen year old Alexander Cold is sent ouThe longer I live, theuninformed I feel Only the young have an explanation for everythingI saw this book lurking in my bookshelf the other day and a sense of nostalgia swept over me as I remembered how this might have been one of the first Young Adult books I ve ever read, all the way back when I wasn t even one myself I picked this up again, wondering how well I remembered things and how I perceived them now In this ian adventure, fifteen year old Alexander Cold is sent out to his grandmother Kate, as his mother is struggling with cancer at home, too weak to look after him Kate is a fearless reporter about to embark on an International Geographic expedition to the dangerous, remote world of therainforest, on which Alexander now has to join her The mission to document the legendary beast of theturns out to be a hard one, with many hidden secrets and dangers lurking, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover The fact that this has been describes as an ecological romance makes me cringe, as this is definitely neither a flattering nor an accurate way to describe this In fact, part of why I enjoyed reading this was because it wasn t a romance story it s an adventure Isabel Allende created some wonderful characters here the participants of the expedition all got their unique character traits, they re dynamic feels real and believable and I particularly liked how tough the females in this story were They re definitely victims to men who think themselves as authoritarian, but at the same time they re in no way afraid to stand their ground Our main characters are young adults we ve got the 15 year old Alexander and the 13 year old Nadia and both of them felt believable as well They re hitting puberty, where you might feel in charge and in control of everything, but at the same time you re clearly not Still, they re never annoying, but ultimately good natured and brave kids In terms of themes, they were a lot of messages conveyed that I certainly didn t pick up on as a kid Allende explores the contrast between our civilisation and nature as well as the exploitation of native cultures and does both in a elegantly subtle way I feel like elegant is a good word to describe her writing in general, it s vivid, gentle and descriptive and I could so clearly visualise everything that was happening In general, I am absolutely aware that age wise this book is not targeted at me, which makes me put it in a different context and influences my expectations, but it s still an enjoyable tale