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Format:
Title:
Angel and Bavar
ISBN:
9780062671516
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Physical Description:
305 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Inspired by the story "Beauty and the Beast".
Summary:
"After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she's interested in is making new friends. Until she meets Bavar--a strange boy who slips through the shadows, a boy who might understand her nightmares. But Bavar doesn't want to let anyone in. Everyone--and everything--in his enchanted house is already urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift and the fearsome monsters traveling through it, a responsibility he wishes he could ignore. Then Bavar discovers that the monsters are the same ones that killed Angel's parents. Determined to stop the creatures and close the rift for good, he and Angel must find the courage to stand up for each other and themselves...before it's too late." -- Publisher's description.
Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.
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Taking inspiration from "Beauty and the Beast," Amy Wilson's second middle grade novel is a stunning modern fairy tale of magic, friendship, and finding the courage to fight for what matters most.

After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she's interested in is making new friends. Until she meets Bavar, a strange boy who slips through the shadows, a boy who might understand her nightmares.

But Bavar doesn't want to let anyone in. Everyone--and everything--in his enchanted house is already urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift and the fearsome monsters traveling through it, a responsibility he wishes he could ignore.

Then Bavar discovers that the monsters are the same ones that killed Angel's parents. Determined to stop the creatures for good, he reluctantly accepts Angel's help. Together, Angel and Bavar must find the courage to stand up for each other and themselves to repair the rift between worlds...before it's too late.


Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

In an everyday modern school, a girl who lost her parents to monsters meets a monstrously strange boy.Bavar's a friendless, "sallow" boy in an ordinary school. He has a powerful ability to avoid notice until he meets Angel, a new girl living with a foster family. Angel, who misses her dead parents constantly, sees through Bavar's reality-warping glamour to his uncanny reality: he's 7 feet tall with pointed teeth. Bavar, she discovers, lives in a gargoyle-adorned Gothic pile of a house where he fights massive winged beasts. Bavar's gruesome opponents, in fact, look exactly like the fell creatures who killed Angel's parents last year. Though Bavar wants to avoid the fate of all in his magical familyspending a lifetime battling the poison-clawed raksasaAngel proposes a more permanent solution. In Bavar's sentient home, peopled by his loving aunt and uncle and the (both hair-raising and supportive) talking portraits of his ancestors, they seek answers. The growing humor and affection between these two awkward protagonists create an appealing contrast with the choppy, gloomy prose. Ham-handed Americanization of this novel (first published in England as A Far Away Magic) has left the setting a muddle, with American vocabulary inconsistently plunked into British-sounding sentences. Bavar and his family are white-appearing in their human guises; Angel is white.A solid friendship tale for fans of eerie fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Two lonely kids team up to save humanity in Wilson's latest fantasy novel. After Angel's parents die, she struggles to fit into her new school and foster home. The wounded Angel is naturally drawn to Bavar, a seven-foot-tall boy who lives in a magical house where his raucous ancestors talk to him from paintings and bronze busts. Reluctant fighter Bavar is trained to protect humanity from monsters called raksasa, who enter the human world through a rift. As Angel is drawn into Bavar's world and learns that the raksasa had something to do with her parents' deaths, the two unlikely friends bond, heal, and try to close the rift forever. The sympathetic Angel and Bavar both deal with life-shattering tragedy, but Wilson's story is full of hope and spirit. Secondary adult characters are also sympathetic, especially Angel's foster mother, Mary. The chapters alternate between Angel's and Bavar's first-person narratives, which occasionally slows down the action, but the dual perspectives nicely show each character's journey toward recovery and understanding. An imaginative story about magic, friendship, and healing.--Mariko Turk Copyright 2018 Booklist