FOR MIDDLE GRADES & TEENS
exciting fantasy adventures from the two minds of
Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman!
Expect the unexpected!
Think the unimaginable!
And be prepared for an incredible adventure!
Princess Lenora and Prince Coren are trapped in
their own worlds. Lenora has the ability to make whatever she imagines
real. But she is strictly forbidden to do this by her parents and the
laws of her land. Prince Coren has the ability to read minds. But
everyone else can read his mind—meaning he can
rarely keep his thoughts to himself.
Princess Lenora's parents want her to marry Prince
Coren. But Lenora has a better idea. She runs away–only to find Coren
still by her side. Their thoughts and fates have intertwined. Together
they must fight an evil tyrant and forge a future for themselves…with
one spirit, and of two minds.
"This collaboration begins with elements
borrowed from traditional fairy tales, then offers an original,
unpredictable twist: fresh, well-rounded characters; and an ambiguous,
thought-provoking ending. . .Matas and Nodelman have themselves done a
heroic job of melding their two voices to create a kaleidoscope of
character, cultures, and events that offers both entertainment and
enrichment to young readers." –School Library Journal,
Of Two Minds is published in
Canada by Bain and Cox and in the United States by Simon and Schuster.
This novel is also available from Scholastic Books in their Point
Things sure are wrong, and Lenora wants to
right them. The headstrong princess craves an adventure, and defeating
the giant who has appeared up north would be a great one. The trouble
is, no one will let her help. They want her to stay behind and plan her
wedding to Prince Coren of Andilla, but Lenora has absolutely no use
for color schemes or pew ribbons. Using the power to create whatever
she imagines –an ability that all Gepethians have, but have agreed not
to use–Lenora imagines a duplicate of herself (a duplicate who cares
about pew ribbons) to stay at home, while she sets off on her mission.
Quickly, Lenora realizes that the giant is just a symptom of a larger
problem, and as she is joined by Coren and both of their duplicates,
her adventure spirals out of control.
"This second collaboration will be welcomed by
those who enjoy challenging fiction, told with humor and energy."–School
Lenora and Coren are finally getting married
at the court of Andilla, Coren's homeland, where everyone lives in
their imagination. There's just one problem: The Andillans' powers
aren't working, and clearly the wedding can't proceed when the sacred
Balance is so out of whack. For the headstrong Lenora, this means a new
adventure. She and a reluctant Coren head into the Andillan
countryside, where they come across the Skwoes, who have absolutely no
imagination whatsoever. Are they responsible for the Andillans' loss of
power? Whatever the source, the problems are getting worse: Now even
Lenora's ability to make her thoughts real is failing. What is more,
Lenora has been having a series of nightmares about the evil Hevak.
Something has to be done before all of the people in two kingdoms are
completely out of their minds.
Lenora and Coren journey to Winnipeg to meet
Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman!
Suddenly transported against their will,
the Princess Lenora and her fiancé, Prince Coren, find themselves in a
strange place–bone-chilling cold and snow outside, garish marketplaces
and angry people inside. The inhabitants call it the city of Winnipeg.
Lenora and Coren, however, have no idea where it is or whyhey are
there. They can't return home because, yet again their imaginative
powers have deserted them. The Winnipeggers refuse to believe Lenora
and Coren are who they say they are. Strangely enough, though, they
have read about Lenora and Coren in a series of fantasy novels by the
authors Carol M. and Perry N. But just who created whom, Lenora and
Coren wonder. And how will they ever manage to escape this frightening
city, worse than their worst nightmare, so that their long-awaited
wedding can finally take place?
Why We Wrote A Meeting of Minds
In thinking about the imaginative powers of the
people of Gepeth, it suddenly struck us that they
could have imagined us. After all, the Gepethians
have the power to make whatever they imagine real, so why not this
entire world of ours, including the city of Winnipeg and everyone who
lives there–including us? Lenora and Coren are figments of our
imaginations–but we might also be figments of theirs. In A
Meeting of Minds, that is exactly what happens. Lenora and
Coren and the authors Carol M and Perry N come face to face, as Lenora
and Coren find themselves stuck without their powers in the city of
Winnipeg and unable to get out. Who created whom? And will Lenora and
Coren ever manage to escape this frightening city, worse than their
worst nightmares? You'll have to read the book to find out!