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In other lands : a novel

by Brennan, Sarah Rees,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of Homestead Teen Fiction YA FIC Bren
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC Bren
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y BRENNAN SARAH
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Penn Hills Library Youth Y BRE
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Youth
Call Number  Y BRE
Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA BRE
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA BRE
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA BRENNAN
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA BRENNAN
Western Allegheny Community Library Young Adult Fiction YAF BRENNAN
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YAF BRENNAN

Georgia Peach Award Nominee

Florida Teens Read Award Nominee

ABC Best Books for Young Readers

Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Hugo & Locus award finalist

The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border -- unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and -- best of all as far as Elliot is concerned -- mermaids.

"What's your name?"
"Serena?" Elliot asked.
"Serene," said Serene. "My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle."
Elliot's mouth fell open. "That is badass."

Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there's Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there's her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There's even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.

In Other Lands is the exhilarating new book from beloved and bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan. It's a novel about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools, about friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world -- even if it means giving up your phone.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Irritable and annoying, 13-year-old Elliot Schafer becomes the unlikely protagonist of Brennan's novel after receiving an invitation to attend a unique school in the magical realm, which is protected from the real world by an invisible wall that few can see. There he spends the next four years learning about elves, mermaids, trolls, treaties, and falling in love. This is a school story for older youth, with freewheeling (but not explicit) sexuality, a dedicated pacifist as a main character, and slightly cynical humor that masks great heart. Elliot is a disgruntled Harry Potter in a world where magic exists in enhanced mental and physical abilities rather than spell casting. Brennan turns stereotypes upside down: elves view men as the delicate flowers, and the shining blond hero is a shy, half-breed boy conflicted since birth. Elliot's coming-of-age is for Potter graduates, ready to move into the adult world. Try it with Terry Pratchett books for the unique tone, Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, or go retro with William Goldman's The Princess Bride (1973).--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Elliot Schafer is a small-for-his-age 13-year-old who is prone to being bullied-largely due to his personality, which slots somewhere between insufferable know-it-all and sarcastic jackass. When Elliot's class travels to a "random field in Devon, England" for a supposed scholarship test, he instead winds up in a strange world known as the Borderlands, which are filled with elves, mermaids, and other creatures. So begins Brennan's hilarious, irreverent, and multilayered coming-of-age fantasy, set over several years. Elliot quickly befriends (and falls for) Serene, a fierce elven warrior, and arranges a reluctant truce with Luke Sunborn, the son of one of the Borderland's founding families. All three-along with every young person there-are training in war or as councilors, charged with protecting the fragile barrier with the human world. Amid shifting relationships, the threat of war, and substantial growth among the characters, Elliot's razor-edged wit and general inability to keep his mouth shut make for blissfully entertaining reading. Smart explorations of gender stereotypes, fluid sexuality, and awkward romance only add to the depth and delight of this glittering contemporary fantasy. Ages 13-up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Coming of age -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Bisexuality -- Fiction.
Publisher Easthampton, Mass. :2017
Language English
Description 437 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781618731203
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