- Title: Heartlight
- Author: T.A. Barron
- ISBN: 9780441010363
- Page: 485
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kate is a teenage girl living with her astrophysicist grandfather in in New England When her grandfather s research attracts unwanted attention from an otherworldly visitor, he mysteriously disappears Kate must rush to find him and the secret that can save the Earth and the entire solar system from annihilation before it s too late One of the best Science FantasiesKate is a teenage girl living with her astrophysicist grandfather in in New England When her grandfather s research attracts unwanted attention from an otherworldly visitor, he mysteriously disappears Kate must rush to find him and the secret that can save the Earth and the entire solar system from annihilation before it s too late One of the best Science Fantasies I ve read in a long time Madeleine L Engle
Recent Comments "Heartlight"
Saccharine and boring and convoluted. Do not read unless you are a 12 year old girl, and even then, with discretion.
1.5*I agree with the review on the cover (though I hate it when books have reviews on the front cover) that this story is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. However, that trilogy might be my least favorite of Lewis' and I like this book even less. It was boring and Kate was annoying. Don't be rude to people who risk their lives to help you!Barron created some alien species, but there was some confusion as to how much they knew of our planet. If I recall correctly, Ariella has not heard of [...]
this book was nice if you like fantasy which I do it made me feel amazed. I learned that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. and I would recommend this book to someone who likes fantasy because this book is made for people who like fantasy.
Readalike: A Wrinkle in Time
Disfruté la travesía de la joven Kate en una novela fuerte en ambientación, especialmente en los variados ambientes físicos que se van presentando, muy imaginativos y sorprendentes, siempre detallados con color e impacto.Es una historia de redefinición de conceptos en una Kate preadolescente que pronto tendrá su propia metamorfosis. Sin duda todos los eventos a punto de vivir marcarán su perspectiva de la vida como adulta. Hearlight introduce al lector y a la heroína en las posibilidades [...]
I read this book in fifth grade because it sounded interesting and it was written by a great author I was following at the time, T.A. Barron. I remember how I was engulfed in it and read it in five days (considerably a short time for me back then) and how I stayed up turning page after page. I think I enjoyed it so much because it was my first step into a genre I had never read before: science fiction. The ideas of space, physics, aliens, and a bit of humanity have to be included in a science-fi [...]
I read most of Barron's early books when I was in Elementary School and Junior High (I still remember trying to memorize the ballad in his book The Merlin Effect, and how excited I was when I read that there were actually going to be two more Lost Years of Merlin books!). Lately I've been on a kick of rereading some of the books I read as a kid.I loved the story all over again! Why not believe in fantastical things? And I appreciate that Barron embraces death in his books as well. This time arou [...]
I would actually give this book a 3.75 for a few reasons. I thought that the plot for this book could have been interesting, but the way it was written, I think that it could have been better. It was a touching story but got quite boring in many parts of the book. I was reading that book and thinking about what I thought of it, and what I would rate it. I was thinking that I would give it a three, then came the ending. The ending definitely made it a better book, not the ending to the plot but t [...]
I am distressed by how bad this book was. The Ancient One was one of my favorite books as a kid and I read it over and over, so how can this book be so terrible? It probably deserves 2 stars, but I took away another star because it kept shoving religion down my throat. Which I find particularly jarring in a book about interstellar travel where none of the characters have ever heard of religion nor god. Also, the plot was exactly like that of A Wrinkle In Time (another of my favorites growing up) [...]
I was disappointed by this book because I like other T.A. Barron books - although there's some imagery and great lines "a person's life should be like a prism: inhaling lightexhaling rainbows," the book as a whole fell flat for me. Definitely geared towards a younger reader who might appreciate it more. To me it just seemed like the point of the book was made early on and the rest of the book just supported the point over and over and over again to the point where I was a bit bored.
What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up. Length? – Two day’s read.Characters? – Four primary characters.Setting? – Fantasy, alternate dimensions.Written approximately? – 1990.Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Yes. Confusion. Was the story a dream, or not? It would be fine if it is. Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Clarify confusion.
I came back to this after having read it in elementary school, excited because it was the prequel to the Ancient One, which my fourth grade teacher read aloud to my class. However, on coming back to it, I have to say Kate is mostly just annoying, and these books are less magical than I remembered and a *lot* wackier. Like, Charles Williams wacky. Suffice to say I did not bother to finish my re-read.
Oh, the delights of poorly-written science fiction! It's as delectable as a "rotten tomato" B movie. This one actually made me laugh out loud repeatedly, which some well-crafted books never achieve, so kudos to Barron. I am frightened by the thought, however, that there is more than one Adventure of Kate, as I cannot imagine who would dare pick up the next one
I wasn't sure about reading a book from an author I never heard of before, but decided to take a chance. Strangely it was shelved under Child Fiction at my public library, but I think people of all ages will like "Heartlight." If anyone has ever read C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra), "Heartlight" follows that science fantasy tradition.
This book is pretty stupid, but the second book in this series was my favorite book in the 6th grade, and I just realized it was a trilogy. Luckily, it's not a series that requires you to read any of the other books; so, my 6th grade self did not suffer from not reading this book. Unfortunately, my adult self did.
Although the book's theme of the role of death is a somber one, the writing is not. That's partly because of the attendant theme of love conquering all. The book has elements of physics, metaphysics, adventure, science fiction and fantasy, broadening its appeal to many audiences. Even the author recognizes similarities in plot to Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time.
This book may have been written in the style of CS Lewis, however it lacked his excitement and passion. This novel was a bore, a couldn't finish it because of the old-style language that is totally different to today's, which made the book seem implausible and saccharine. When the storline got bizarre i gave it up. Sorry, try it if you want but bewarerious snore value.
I have to say I liked The Ancient One a lot more than Heartlight, but it's good to be able to start at the beginning of Kate's adventures and understand what happened to her grandfather. I like the way T.A. Barron has no qualms about dealing with death in his books, and he approaches it in a very logical and beautiful way. Still makes me cry though.
When I was 10 or 11 my school librarian recommended this book to me, and I adored it. I can't wait to read it again, fantasy or no. Update: This one is a sweet and sad YA book, the ice crystals are pretty crazy though. The author is great at lush descriptions and believable, fun fantasy. Fun read.
Fantasy about a young girl who's grandfather discovers that the sun is dieing, and takes a trip to another star to find how to save the sun. I found it slow and pretty aimless. Maybe just not in the mood?
Some of my most favorite quotes are taken from this beautifully written story about a girl who has to learn to trust in herself and in what she really believes to find herself. It's a story about friendship, love, trust, and in a abstract way: the freedom to think and feel.
A transparent Madeline L'Engle style of "hard science meets fantasy" with a tad more god than I care for in my fiction. Barron's The Ancient One is much better!
It was an awesome sequal!
Made it about halfway through. May be more enjoyable for a younger, less-read audience. I found the "science" ridiculous and the writing over-wrought.
Absolutely loved it. Great gift for a teen girl.
This is a really unique look on science. I found it very interesting. I enjoyed myself, and can still picture the imagery the author used. :D
eh It's ok. Not wonderful, but a decent book considering it's probably meant for people a couple years younger than me.
traveling to space, butterfies, girly science fiction, blah
This was more of a smorgasbord of science fiction ideas thrown into a paperback cover. While not particularly fantastical, the novel bears the potential of an eventually riveting author.
More sci-fi than fantasy. Not a big sci-fi fan but it's T A Barron. T A Barron knows how to weave a story.
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