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Beneath the Mask [Paperback]

David Ward
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March 1 2006
In this gripping sequel to Escape the Mask, Coriko, Pippa and the other Diggers escape from the Spears and the dreaded Separation, but when they are recaptured, they must face exactly what they most feared. If Coriko refuses to become a wearer of the Mask he will be separated from the only person in the world he cares for. But if he agrees, she will hate him for what he has to do to keep her alive... The only answer is to try to escape, once again, from Grassland. Awards: 3rd Place, Chocolate Lily Award, 2005.

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Praise for Beneath the Mask: "Exciting and well-paced..." - Canadian Literature Quarterly. "Action gallops non-stop from the very first sentence." - Resource Links.

About the Author

David Ward's Mask Trilogy features Escape the Mask, Beneath the Mask and Beyond the Mask. In addition to writing, he is pursuing a doctorate in education. He lives in Richmond, B.C. with his wife and children. Ward is an exceptional self-promoter, who has a suit of "warrior armour" that he uses on classroom visits to promote his books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading! Jan. 15 2006
I am a teacher librarian with over 20 years experience assessing and reviewing children;s literature and I can positively say that this novel (and its sequel, Escape the Mask) are excellent reads for middle school (and older) students - the books are always circulating and rarely on my shelf, even without any book talks from me!
From start of the story to finish you are constantly on the edge of your seat wondering of the young protagonists will be able to beat the odds of their captive existance. From tide driven prisons, to soldiers and spears, and from black shards of gold, to children struggling to recollect their parents, you, the reader, become imeshed in a story of friendship, mystery, imperialism, and identity forming that is at the very centre of all grade 5 and up (including adults) beings. A great bedtime read for parents and children, fantastic novel study for grade 5-7's studying distant cultures, captivating for any fantasy reader, and packed with enough action to keep the light on under the bedsheets well past midnight.
Grab a bowl of grapes and get ready for some well spent time being spooked, thrilled, and captiveted for several hours by Mr. Ward's clear and crisp prose. Of course, the disapointment of finishing can be satiated with his just-as-well-written sequel, and, as Iwrite this review, I've heard a peep through the publisher that the much anticipated third book will be released soon to finish the trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 5-star Young Adult Adventure Story Nov. 4 2008
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Beneath the Mask picks up after the events in Escape the Mask. Coriko, Pippa and their friends have found life after escaping the Spears to be not quite what they had imagined. They have spent their days working on a way to escape the Grassland. However, their nights are filled with trying to avoid falling into the grasps of the Strays-the escaped children who have become wild and feral in their freedom. The night they attempt to escape the grasslands once and for all, they find their plans thwarted. The Spears, whom they thought were all dead, are in fact not.

Once again captured, the four friends face the trial of Separation. Coriko, separated from his love Pippa, finds exactly who is underneath the masks of the Spears. The life he is forced into leaves Coriko cold. In order to protect Pippa and keep her alive, he must do unspeakable deeds. But by doing these things, he runs the risk of losing Pippa's love and trust. Coriko is faced with a challenge. He needs to find out what he truly values in his life, and find a way to make that happen-even if it means finally getting free of the Grassland.

I loved having the world we were introduced to in Escape the Mask expanded. Beneath the Mask shows us who the Spears are as a culture. The book delved deeper into the struggles that Pippa, Coriko, Bran, and Tia find themselves thrown into. Where the first book showed us the changes happening in the lives of the children, this book focuses on the struggles they have to make the correct choice for their continued happiness. In Beneath the Mask author David Ward has strengthened the story of Coriko, Pippa and their friends.

I look forward to the third book and seeing where their adventures lead them to, and if they will finally find a home of their own.

Beneath the Mask is an adventure-packed, action-filled journey of discovery that once again brings some very weighty topics to the reader's attention.

Armchair Interviews says: Well-done Young Adult read.
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