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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: YA Angst (Dec 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934648361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934648360
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,936,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sugar Spice on Jan. 21 2008
Format: Paperback
In a prequel of sorts to her awesome book 'Senrid' we learn the stories behind the Mearsies Heili girls. How they came to that world and what exciting adventures they get to have. CJ the main character is a young earth girl who just doesn't fit in. When she meets Clair and travels to the medieval like world of Sartorias-deles she finally finds her home amongst other girls who didn't fit in. It is a Peter Pan for girls story that will become a classic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
highly recommended March 24 2008
By Ancamna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
CJ, a girl who doesn't feel like she fits on Earth, is found by Clair, a girl from the world of Sartorias-deles, and brought to live with a gang of girls who never grow up. The narrator, CJ, is a fun character and someone I'd love to be friends with. As she learns about the girls and their world, we learn with her. Soon they become embroiled in world politics, and their kids' view brings a fresh outlook to dangerous circumstances.

Someone told me that this is the girl's answer to Peter Pan. And it is, but it's more than that. It's about growing up without aging, about finding a family of friends, about loyalty, adventure, and learning to have fun in even danger. It's about finding a world that fits you instead of being forced to fit the world you were born in.

These are girls I would love to have as my gang of friends. Read the beginning of their story, as CJ begins the chronicles of their adventures.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very fun Dec 20 2008
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like "Senrid," I think this story will appeal more to tweens and teens than adults--which is not to say that adults won't enjoy it. It's that the kid heroes deal with their problems in very kid-like ways. I did enjoy that the characters found clever ways to beat back the bad guys without using deadly force.

Incidentally, we learn in this book how to pronounce many of the unpronounceable names also used in "Senrid," but I wouldn't say reading "Over the Sea" otherwise made understanding "Senrid" easier.

This book is less polished than "Crown Duel," but the writing is good and the story is much easier to follow than in "Senrid." The pacing was good, the world building was very good, and the characters were very fun and interesting.

Incidentally, this book is really a series of sequential short stories about the adventures of the same characters (like a TV series) rather than a traditional novel. It's not problem, just an observation.

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one word: unique May 11 2014
By abjad1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book. It's unique: I've never read a book like it. If you've read other books by sherwood smith for example inda (that's one of the few other books I've read by Sherwood Smith (though not for much longer) so I'm going to use it as an example) don't expect to be that way. Inda is about a land of politics and war wirh a very comlex plot. It's a very good book as well but in a different way. This book is about a girl who didnt fit in in her world but discovered another where she could be herself, and chose to stay there. it doesnt have many twists and turns and is like a collection of stories on cj and her friends written by Cj. i think this book is especially aimed for kids, since it shows freedom, things kids can do that adults cannot a least according to the norm. you shouldnt always focus on growing older or one day youll end up looking back and realise you were so focused on doing that that you didnt enjoy the freedom you had then. although really i think it has something for people of all ages. and last of all because maybe itll help covince you of the beauty and uniqueness of this book its my favourite.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not written for an adult audience. June 2 2012
By Mel Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first of a series about some children who like Peter Pan refuse to grow up. Unfortunately some of these children rule countries. Armed with the moral superiority of the young and ignorant they defend their country and beliefs in their juvenile way. (Think Home Alone.) Fortunately the adult villains of their world are worse bumblers even than they are. (Again think Home Alone.) Like that movie these books may be enjoyable to a child but from an adult perspective I find them tedious and annoying. CJ is a brat who is convinced that kids are morally superior to all adults no matter what bad decisions they make. Unsurprisingly these stories written when Sherwood Smith was a child herself are not up to the standard of her books written as an adult. I am only reading them to get the background to understand the book Senrid. I am also hoping to find out who the mysterious 4 boys who appeared in Once a Princess are.


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