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Series: Books Of Elsewhere Vol. 5   

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Catalog Number: #5703376
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 352
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-14-242297-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-242297-7
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this series-ending fifth installment, Olive learns further secrets behind the paintings-as-portals magic of Elsewhere, its origins, and the world's creator. The magic's ability to preserve life indefinitely gets creepy, but characters with silly quirks keep the tone from becoming too dark. Illustrations are shadowy but still manage to make the heroes appear friendly.
School Library Journal
Gr 47 In this fifth and final book of the series, Olive discovers something unusual on a trip to an art museum. Her journey leads her to uncover how Elsewhere was created, and along the way, she struggles to know whom to trust. The suspenseful and well-realized world that West has created comes to a satisfying conclusion. Now that the series has ended, libraries may wish to purchase it in its entirety. Hand these books to fans of Lemony Snicket, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Angie Sage.
Voice of Youth Advocates
In this final book of the series, brave Olive confronts the nefarious Aldous McMartin, as well as her own fears and limits, as she discovers the roots of Elsewhere and her responsibilities in its discovery and destruction. An art museum field trip makes Olive realize how Aldous has used layers of paint to control his world and imprison his enemies. She reunites Morton with his parents but realizes that his mother, the evasive Mary Nivens, may not be an ally. Olive also finds the mysterious Aurelia McMartin, whom Aldous has imprisoned. Should she trust and release her? Finally, Aldous captures Olive, characterizes her as a villain that no one will miss, and reveals his plan to torture and destroy her. The subsequent battles require all of Olive's bravery and strength, as well as the skills and loyalties of her human and feline friends, to save herself and the Elsewhere inhabitants. But her final challenge is finding balance in a new life for all.This final volume emphasizes the importance of friendship and support. Given Olive's distant and clueless parents, Olive can believe Aldous's poisonous accusations, but she reaches beyond the lies and finds that her friends are as willing to risk their lives for her as she is for them. Olive's efforts bring great rewards for herself and her readers. The book is a possible stand-alone, but the first four make it more satisfying. Order the series.Lucy Schall.
Word Count: 62,419
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 169253 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 720L

The fifth and final book in The Books of Elsewhere, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling, fan-favorite series--absolutely not to be missed.

Annabelle McMartin is gone for good, but something worse lurks just out of sight--watching, waiting, preparing to strike. Then a field trip to the local art museum reveals a shock. What Olive discovers will create a chain of events that propel her to discoveries she may not wish to uncover, involving Morton's vanished parents and the very deepest, darkest roots of Aldous McMartin's creepy painted world. In this fifth and final book, Olive must seek the full, complex story of Elsewhere, its magical origins, and its creator, and in so doing, face her own fears and limitations--and possibly the destruction of Elsewhere itself. How far will Olive go to save the people and home she loves? And what will be the final cost?

A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap.


"It's like Coraline meets Harry Potter."—Nerdist 

"Hand these books to fans of Lemony Snicket, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Angie Sage.”—School Library Journal 


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