The Door at the End of the World
Step into the worlds outside our own as Lucy Eberslee must find a way to stop a dangerous force that threatens the fate of the eight worlds in Caroline Carlson’s latest middle grade novel.What begins as a rather unremarkable Tuesday quickly turns to disaster when Lucy, the Gatekeeper’s deputy, discovers that her boss has vanished and the door connecting Lucy’s world to the next world over is broken—and it all might be Lucy’s fault. To save the Gatekeeper and set things right, Lucy must break the rules for the first time ever and journey with an otherworldly boy, a suspiciously sneaky girl, and a crew of magical bees into the seven worlds beyond her own.But Lucy isn’t the only one breaking the rules. As curiosities and dangers gather around her, she learns she’s up against a sinister force that’s playing with the delicate fabric of time and space, no matter what the deadly costs or consequences. Lucy’s never had to save the world before—and now, somehow, she’s got to find a way to save eight of them.

The Door at the End of the World Details

TitleThe Door at the End of the World
Author
ReleaseApr 9th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction

The Door at the End of the World Review

  • Nicole Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    Caroline Carlson pulled off the perfect trifecta of middle grade adventure, humor and surprise in this sci-fi/fantasy novel. Part Diana Wynne Jones, part Pratchett - this book will easily be a new favorite. Lucy is the perfect heroine with both pluck and self doubt. Readers get to look at their own world a bit sideways, proving to them a new perspective is around every corner.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    I wish there'd been more; the story galloped along briskly in that really nice middle grade fantasy adventure way of magical happenings and bright changes of scene and mood (with, you know, a herd of magically intelligent cows arriving on the scene, as they do) and then there was the peaceful gathering of loose ends (which is one of the parts I like best in mg fantasy), and then...the last page and it was over. Sigh.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I am an adult, but this book was great. The characters were interesting and the idea of multiple worlds was complex enough to keep me hooked. The action was pretty fast, which made it all the more fun. It’s not always easy to find books that can be enjoyed by all ages, but this is one.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think my grade fives will love it too! Adventure, humour (loved the bees! ) friendship, mystery and gates to other worlds! What more could you want!
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI have the budget and readership for about 10% of the fantasy books for middle grade that are published, and my students have rather specific needs. This didn't work for my collection because of the lack of world building at the beginning. We are rather thrown into the new environment, which I like, but which my students find confusing. My readers more often ask for books where there is magic in our world, and struggle a bit when entirely new worlds or planes of existenc E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI have the budget and readership for about 10% of the fantasy books for middle grade that are published, and my students have rather specific needs. This didn't work for my collection because of the lack of world building at the beginning. We are rather thrown into the new environment, which I like, but which my students find confusing. My readers more often ask for books where there is magic in our world, and struggle a bit when entirely new worlds or planes of existence are introduced. Sadly, I will pass on this one even though I can see fans of books like The Fog Diver enjoying this one.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Carlson creates eight worlds that are connected by gates- each with their own gatekeepers. Lucy is the Deputy Gatekeeper at one of Southeast's gates. Strange things happen on maintenance day when the Gatekeeper disappears and Arthur comes through the gate accidentally. Adventures follow as they attempt to find out why the gates have been sealed. With the help of a third young person - Rosemary a smuggler, they save the eight worlds.Enough action and fantasy to hold middle grade readers.
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  • Joy Lane
    January 1, 1970
    Creatve/an enjoyable adventure. No AR or Lexile yet, I'm going to recommend it to 4th-7th graders. I read the ebook, but hardbacks are soon to come to our library
  • Erin Varley
    January 1, 1970
    Lucy, Rosemary, and Arthur team up to help save the worlds- all eight of them! This part-fantasy, part-sci-fi MG novel is a thrill-ride adventure!
  • Elizabeth S
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars. Tons of fun. I love the characters, the universe, and the fun!
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    A fabulous adventure story for kids of all ages! Lucy, the assistant to the Gatekeeper at the end of her world, leads a very unremarkable life. Unremarkable, that is, until the Gatekeeper disappears on the other side of the door that leads to the next world over. And after Arthur, a boy from that world, tumbles unexpectedly through the door into Lucy's world, the door gets stuck. All this sends Lucy, Arthur, a suspicious girl named Rosemary, and a magical swarm of bees on a decidedly remarkable A fabulous adventure story for kids of all ages! Lucy, the assistant to the Gatekeeper at the end of her world, leads a very unremarkable life. Unremarkable, that is, until the Gatekeeper disappears on the other side of the door that leads to the next world over. And after Arthur, a boy from that world, tumbles unexpectedly through the door into Lucy's world, the door gets stuck. All this sends Lucy, Arthur, a suspicious girl named Rosemary, and a magical swarm of bees on a decidedly remarkable journey to unlock the door, find the Gatekeeper and, ultimately, to save eight worlds from the disastrous unraveling of the fabric of time and space. Along the way, they deal with fearsome other-worldly birds, carnivorous beasts called thistle-backed thrunts, and bottomless chasms into the space beyond the worlds. This book combines mystery, magic, fantasy, and adventure with a liberal helping of humor. It reminded me of the great world-hopping books written by Diana Wynne Jones. Such fun!
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  • Shae McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I enjoyed that quite a lot. That's just the sort of adventure I would have appreciated as a kid. (And still do as an adult!)
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