The Ancient One

The Ancient One

by T. A. Barron

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When Kate travels to Blade, Oregon, for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie's cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. For thousands of years, no humans have entered the fog-filled crater--except possibly the Halami people, who lived in the region centuries ago before vanishing without a trace. Long a source of deep mystery, the crater is now a source of conflict, pitting those who see it as the dying mill town's last hope against those who see it as a rare sanctuary that should be protected.

Caught up in this struggle, Kate follows an old Halami trail into the crater, and suddenly is thrown back in time five hundred years. Accompanied by the trickster Kandeldandel, the loyal Laioni, and the young logger Jody, she meets strange and enigmatic creatures, none more frightening than the volcanic Gashra, bent on destroying everything he cannot control. To defeat him, Kate must find the answer to an ancient riddle--and the courage to make the most difficult choice of her life.

In this extraordinary quest, combining high adventure and heroic drama, a girl discovers that all living things are connected in ways she never expected, and that true friendship can reach across cultures, and even across centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101651339
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/16/1992
Series: The Adventures of Kate , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,048,127
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
File size: 534 KB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

T.A. Barron is the award-winning author of fantasy novels such as The Lost Years of Merlin epic—soon to be a major motion picture. He serves on a variety of environmental and educational boards including The Nature Conservancy and The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, and is the founder of a national award for heroic children. Following a life-changing decision to leave a successful business career to write full-time in 1990, Barron has written seventeen books, but is happiest when on the mountain trails with his wife, Currie, and their five children.

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The Ancient One (Adventures of Kate Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I had to read something for English class. At first glance the book didn't seem that interesting, but when I started reading it I couldn't put it down. This book brings you to a new world and it has become one of my favorites. I would definitely recommend this book.
shabacus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
T.A. Barron¿s The Ancient One is a paint-by-numbers young adult fantasy, which browbeats the reader with environmentalist themes without leavening the experience with engaging characters or entertaining plot.The protagonist, thirteen-year-old Kate Gordon, is little more than a reader surrogate in this, the second volume of a loose trilogy. Her role is to ask questions to drive the exposition, to calmly accept the twists and turns of the adventure plot, and to behave with unimpeachable bravery and courage. Along the way, she meets a variety of stock characters, including a mysterious old aunt, a selection of noble savages, wise magical beings, evil lizard men, etc. None of these stand out as distinct characters, beyond the comfortable roles which they were written to fill.Kate is a stock heroine, whose emotions are limited to righteous indignation and longing for home. But everything she does is in service to the plot. Even when called upon to attempt murder of a human ally of the main villain, she does so without a second thought.The environmentalist message of the novel is clear from the start, portraying nature and Native Americans at odds with European, imperialist culture. Those who wish to disrupt the natural order are evil at worst, or misguided at best. This sort of clear-cut dichotomy is appealing to anyone who ever had a poster of dolphins on her wall, but does not challenge the reader to examine the real, complex issues of environmental stewardship. The author punches emotional buttons to win the reader to his way of thinking, nothing more.Intriguingly, only the women of the story are naturally in tune with the environment. Men serve either as antagonists, or as wayward sons who must learn the error of their ways. Even the Tinnanis (the wise and powerful magical creatures who live in tune with nature and are therefore Better Than Humans) are led by a cantankerous and greedy old man, under the guidance of his wise and patient wife. I doubt this was a conscious decision on the part of the author, but rather an outgrowth of the outmoded stereotypes he employed to construct his story.The climactic final battle lacks any real sense of danger. Of more concern to the reader is the fate of Kate¿s companions, about whom she forgets until the battle is over, and we learn that they were magically conveyed to safety offscreen.The book was appealing enough for me to finish, bland without being completely tasteless. The setting was evocative and well communicated. The denouement might have been a surprise to a young reader, but to an older reader, it has an element of tragic inevitability. In other words, it¿s one of the few elements that works equally well for a mature audience. Still, the story cuts off abruptly with a ¿where are they now¿ type epilogue, which implies the author knew what happened next but did not bother to work it up into a more narrative form.In the end, The Ancient One is a shallow shadow-puppet of a book. It would likely be appreciated by middle schoolers who are still satisfied with a world in black and white, but does not reward deeper reading or encourage deeper thinking.
QueenAlyss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a magical and wonderful book. I think anyone who likes magical mysteries should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book in middle School while listening to Evanescencenow almost 15 years later I find it again. Definitely stood the test of time I still love it.
DavidWiley More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Barron’s first two books in his Atlantis series, so I was more than willing to take a look at this book when the opportunity arose. The Ancient One has been re-released to celebrate its 25th anniversary, featuring a female protagonist during a time when few books were writing strong female main characters. Overall this was a fun and enjoyable read in spite of its few flaws. The main character, Kate, is the sort of main character you can admire and cheer for. She is a bright spot in the novel, along with many of the other characters she encounters throughout the story. Barron made a fantastic cast of characters and an imaginative setting with the Lost Crater. It is hard to do a Portal Fantasy well, but I think this one succeeds at making the reader believe and immersing them into a time 500 years prior to the opening scenes. Like the Atlantis novels, it is clear that T.A. Barron has a love and respect for nature and the environment. This is something that I wholeheartedly appreciate. The plot is, at times, simplistic and predictable. But this does not detract from the writing and weaving of a fun and interesting tale. It is aimed more at younger readers, and they will absolutely adore and delight in this book. Young girls in particular should find this suitable to their taste and may grow to admire Kate and want to be strong and unique like her. The biggest problem I had was the first third of the book (it is actually broken into three sections) was far too long with not much happening. I had a feeling the book would get better once Kate was transported back in time, but it took a long time to build up to that point. More than once I considered putting the book down in favor of another but chose to push through toward the promise of a better set of scenes. The book certainly delivered once it got there, but the first third might prove to be a challenge to get through for readers. Overall this book is certainly worth reading and is one I hope to share with my daughters, should I be blessed with some, when they are old enough to read the book. I received a free copy of the book from Goodman Media in exchange for an honest review.
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Your heart will race as you read this book. It is about mystic creatures and magic jinxes. The heroine, Kate, gets plunged back in time to face the wrath of Gashara and his minions. The only way home for her is the touchstone. The stone holds vast power. But know that a terrible omen might spell doom for them all!
You will also learn about how evil can destroy an entire race! Can Kate solve a mystery that can kill all of man kind? This kind of excitement is not new for her because this is a second adventure in a series. The only thing puzzling her is that an old riddle can save an entire race. The riddle is that a fire of love shall create and a fire of hate shall destroy.
The lesson of the book to me is stay close to your friends, which reminded me about when I made a good impression on my little cousins so they will be good to each other. They were very nice after that.
I would recommend this book to people 9+. It has some fantasy and some real theory about time and space. The best part is that it is thick, but can fit in your pocket! The book is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book ¿The Ancient One¿ a girl named Kate is spending the week with her grandmother in the small logging town of Blade, Organ. Her grandmother is very quiet and mysterious, as she doesn¿t tell Kate what she is doing. They find out that these loggers are going to go cut down some redwood trees that were spotted in the crater that is near the town. The crater had been previously inaccessible due to its steepness. This made the trees very large which is why the loggers are going after them. Kate and her grandmother are trying to stop them by getting in the crater first. Will they stop them, or not? I liked the book, but the beginning was not all that great. I still suggest that you r3ead it though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out bored with the plot and characters, but once the story fell into place I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was quite possibly the worst fantasy book that I have ever read. The plot seemed to me to be jumbled up and certain parts of it seemed corny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read The Ancient One when I was in elementary school. I fell in love with the fun and the fantasy and have since read it every year without fail. (I am 20 years old now). This is a wonderful story that should be read and enjoyed by all, as it takes the reader to a new and exiting world filled with characters that you easily love (Kandeldandel). I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be enchanted!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From mythical creatures to dangerous adventures, T.A. Barron has taken the reader back in time with his absorbing book The Ancient One. The story starts off with a young girl spending the week with her aunt in Oregon. When a strange man tries to steal her aunt¿s mail, and when she has some questions that her aunt cannot answer, she becomes suspicious. To find out more about what is happening, she must travel back in time to the land of the Halamis. The Ancient One is a story about a young girl¿s journey through time to try to save an ancient forest that is set in a crater. Kate is a thirteen-year-old girl who learns about the situation that her aunt is in and tries to help her. Kate¿s aunt, Aunt Melanie, is attempting to save a forest from being cut down by loggers. The Indians that inhabited the land long ago, the Halamis, fascinate her. She owns several of the Halamis artifacts, but one in particular, a walking stick, possesses magical powers. When the loggers go into the crater, Aunt Melanie and Kate take action and head into the crater to protect the forest. In the heart of the forest stands the oldest and tallest tree, the Ancient One. In the center of the old tree there is a hollow cut out of the trunk. Aunt Melanie shows this to Kate and takes her inside the trunk where she tells Kate about her discovery of the tree. When they leave the hollow, Kate forgets the magic walking stick that she brought with her. She finds a surprise when she goes back for it. There is a boy in the hollow and he gets mad at her and attacks her. While struggling with the boy she grabs the stick and hits it against the inside of the tree, which activates the magic in the stick and takes her back in time. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a whole new world. Later, Kate meets an Indian girl named Laioni. Laioni is one of the tribe of the Halami Indians. Later they learn of the journey they must go on to save the Ancient One, and Aunt Melanie. The story¿s strong points are not in the storyline but more in the creation of characters. T.A. Barron explains each character in such detail that you can easily picture exactly what that person or creature looks like. For example, when the Tinannis, a tribe of mythical owl people, are introduced into the story they are explained so thoroughly that I could see just how each person was to be presented. The creations of the terrific characters in The Ancient One make up for the lack of a better storyline. The story was too fast-paced. For instance, there was no time for the characters to stop and recollect on what had just happened so the reader would know where they were. Although the storyline could have been better, The Ancient One is a fantastic read. The reader may be a little disappointed when he or she gets to the end because the conclusion comes too fast. The audience will be drawn in by the characters and the dangers that lurk around every corner as the adventure continues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was going incredibly... until the very end. I was pleased at first but I am the type person who likes all of the loose ends in the book tied up. Instead the author leaves it up to you (the reader's) imagination. I personally wanted my questions answered... It just depends on what you like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, this book is 'average'. The writing style seems a bit plain, and it goes out of the way to be unpredictable, while still being quite predictable in some ways. Also, the ending is kinda bland. The entire book is spent in the quest to return to her current time, and when she finally does...? Not much happens. It's a sort of anticlimax. It's not all that bad, and it isn't torture to read through. It's also got a few things unique to it. But I don't really recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I ever read!(one of the hundreds of them that is)No matter who you are BUY THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the moment I opened the book, I was captivated. It's one of my favorites because the characters are believable within the context, It's a fast-paced, detailed story with lots of suspenseful events. It's also appropriate for any reader, especially junior high to adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 6th grade... it was part of a class war called battle of the books, each class chooses 3 people and they compete with every other class being quizzed on the books and in the end winning $50 and a T-shirt! My team one! I read this book twice in one month! I read it again my sophmore year in HS, and am about to read it again (a Sophomore in college).
Guest More than 1 year ago
SO SO GREAT!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has great action and good chatacters. After every chapter i more troble putting it down. I recomend this to anyone that likes to read Fantasy or adventure books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, The Ancient One, by T.A. Barron, is full of adventure, imagination, and nature. I think this book has all the key elements for a true fantasy. A thirteen-year-old girl named Kate visits her Aunt Melanie while her parents are on vacation. Kate and her Aunt Melanie go to the Lost Crater to save the ancient trees. While fighting to save the the trees and the overall memory of the Lost Crater, Kate finds her own adventure by using an ancient walking stick. She finds out the Halami people, from five hundred years ago. In order for Kate to return to the future, she must use the goodness of herself and nature to overcome the evil of man. I enjoy the way T.A. Barron makes a simple protest into a life's journey. T.A. Barron also gives each part of the book the suspense to read further. I also liked the way the sounds and visual effects come to life as you read. I recommend this book to people who crave adventure and the aspects of good versus evil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exelent for me and my friends! It's evern on AR! Can't wate to read the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book two years ago and fell in love with it. This is my favorite book because of the suspense and magic. I recommend this to people who love to read. I read this book twice and plan to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a truly wonderful book. It was well thought out and I have enjoyed it immensely. The three that wrote the above reviews obviously have no imagination. I have already read it twice and am looking forward to reading it a third time. This book deserves the five stars it's earned!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and think it is an outstanding fantasy, full of life and magic. T.A.Barron takes this book mostly from Kate's Perspective, a 13-yr-old girl, and it is simply astounding to read about this heroine and realize a grown man wrote this. Barron takes readers into a world of endless adventure, creativity, and magic.