Of Two Minds Paperback – July 15 2013
Book 1 of 4 in the Minds Series
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Starburst Digital Rights International Inc. (July 15 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 156 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991901215
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991901210
- Item Weight : 177 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.92 x 20.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,915,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the Author
Perry Nodelman is a professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of "The Pleasures of Children's Literature", an introduction to literary and theoretical approaches to children's literature recently released in a new third edition written in collaboration with Mavis Reimer. He has also published three novels for young adults and, in collaboration with Carol Matas, the young adult Fantasies in the Minds series.
4.4 out of 5
23 global ratings
Top reviews from Canada
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Reviewed in Canada on May 2, 1999
Well, I hate to be the first one not to give this book 5 stars but I just didn't see anything special about it. It WAS a good book, there was nothing really WRONG with it, and I liked the characters, but overall, it seemed just a little above average. Nothing worth raving about as some of these other reviews do. It would probably be very appealing to kids age 10-12 who like fantasy and romance and don't mind that the main characters are 17. (I know when I was that age I didn't like the characters to be any older than me. I'm 15 now.) However, there are some great moments: "there was [...] a fellow seated further up the transport in a one-piece skintight costume. Coren's eye were drawn to him because he suddenly thrust his arms into the air. He was shouting, 'Grow, darn you! Why aren't you growing? It's not natural for arms to always stay the same size. Grow!' " Oh yeah, and in the very first chapter, Princess Lenora's beautiful gossamer lace dress is torn to shreds by a flock of cute rainbow-colored puppies that materialize out of the air. Don't ask.
Reviewed in Canada on June 14, 2001
I really did like this book because it's just so much fun to read! It doesn't go very deeply into character analysis or the complexities of love, however, which was probably the intent of the authors since this was directed at children. The authors really did make these two worlds--one of Gepeth and Andilla with their petty preudices and hates and one of Grag, with its seemingly "perfect" society--realistic enough to appease even the most inquisitive eight-year-old. Caught up in the middle of this conflict is Lenora, who is enticed by the "perfect" society and pulls her betrothed Coren, who is inexplicably linked to her, in the conflict as well. Add the strange powers that both Coren and Lenora abuse in different ways and it makes an interesting read at the very least. The characteristics of these powers are not fully explained as it is complicated, but a bit of thinking and it will become clear.
Reviewed in Canada on July 5, 2001
This book is the first in a series (I have only read the first two so far) for young adult readers - but anyone could read it. This book shows you the downsides of reading minds and getting everything you dream of, and also shows you that maybe boring people aren't so boring after all. It is somewhat of a love story, but not so that it's annoying or at all like a romance novel; it's more like a first kiss book. If you like this one, you'll also like "The Enchanted Forest Chronicles," "A Gift of Magic," and "The Giver."
Reviewed in Canada on May 2, 2000
I bought this book because of the cover, the short sysnopsis on the back of the book, and because I like fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure stories and novels. When I started reading it, I thought it would be okay. But as I read on, it began to get better. I liked it when Lenora was brought to Farren; I also like the description used to describe everything going on in the story. Then, Coren is banished by Hevak. She later finds out that Hevak has banished many other people. What kind of shocked me was when I read the part of the book where Lenora is viewing Hevaks memories -- Hevak is really a woman, Lenora! Grag is actually a world Lenora created with her powers. I think this book is good because it teaches you to appreciate what you have.
Reviewed in Canada on July 28, 2000
I really love this book. I like reading fantasy and romance. This book has both but has more fantasy in it. Princess Lenora is a girl who is turning 17. Her father brings Prince Coren to her for her birthday. Her parents and Coren's parents wants them to marry. Before they met both saw something in a mirror or water. They both don't want to marry each other and some how they both think that there is something wrong with each other. They travel to a another world were they both most trust each other to save themselves and others. I think that anyone who loves fantasy with a little bit of romance should read this book and read the sequel to it. ("More Minds", "Out of Their Minds", and "A Meeting of Minds")
Reviewed in Canada on February 16, 2002
I really liked this book a lot! It was a mixture of fantasy, humor and a bit of romance. Somthing about the book made me keep reading for hours on end until the book was finished. Princess Lenora is from Gepeth, a country where everyone can imagine something and make it real. (I guess you won't need to go to the mall anymore.) But no one except Lenora will use their powers because it might upset the Balance. (Oh dear!) Prince Coren is from Andilla where people live in their minds. They can imagine they're eating fried chicken when what they're really eating is blue mush. (Yuck!) Instead of talking, they communicate with their minds. However, Coren doesn't like the idea of people being able to read his mind, so he decides to stop imagining a soft, fluffy bed and instead sleeps on a bumpy, old, real, bed. Well, these two young royals are to be married. (Not of their own free will) During the ceremony, Lenora transports both of them to a world she sees in a basin of water. They find that in that world, they are unable to use their powers. Soon Coren and Lenora figure out what's going on and who is causing all of the problems. You have to read this book and its sequels!
Reviewed in Canada on September 3, 2001
This book is not as serious as some of the great books i've read ( aka:His Dark Materials, stuff like that), but the writing is just as good. In this humorus fantasy, the bored Princess Lenora runs away from an unwanted marrige to the kind, but boring, weakling Prince Coren. When Lenora runs away, Prince Coren follows her. They get trapped in another world that Lenora has accidently created, a world thats completely controled by the evil Hevak. This book shows that people aren't always what they seem, and everybody has a gift that will help in hard times.
Reviewed in Canada on January 9, 2002
Although I bought the book for my 12 year old niece to read for a school project I read it myself and I found it very absorbing and fun reading. As I come from a spiritual background where what Lenora was doing, materialising everything she was thinking It made me aware and I was happy to share with my niece the possibilities of the mind and spirit as well faith. I found the book refreshing and full of potential for discussion between parent and child.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is great, very imaginitive.Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2014
This book was wonderful, I would absolutly recomend it to younger readers(maybe between 10 and 16, or any adults who can enjoy more childish fiction) It was imaginitive/creative, and it had great lessons in the story. Anotherthing I loved about it was the ending, not cliche, but still a happy ending worthy of a prince and princess story, and while having a romantic element, that was not the focuse. one of the most unique fantasy books I read as a child, I'm so happy I decided to re read it as an adult. great as a series starter, or a stand alone book.
AmazingReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
I read this when I was much younger and just re-read it. It was just as great, I'm glad it was so well written.
One person found this helpful