Attica, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A novel with echoes of timeless classics such as THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, THE BORROWERS and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Garry Kilworth's ATTICA reveals a twilight world of forgotten wonders, and extraordinary adventures - all happening just above our heads.

Join Jordy, Alex and Chloe as they cross the portal from our world to a strange and wonderful other place, accessible for just a moment in time through the trap-door of the attic in their family home.

From hat-stand forests, to towering hills of old musical instruments, deserts of old books and a great water-tank lake, the vast continent they stumble upon is one of limitless surprises - and that's before they meet the inhabitants: strange clans of small and lumpen people who live in homes constructed from all manner of found things and drive vehicles powered by old sewing-machine parts.

It is against this remarkable backdrop that the three children will embark on a spellbinding adventure to recover a prized possession, save a life, and - somehow - find a way back home.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781904233565



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I liked the story line but the writing turned me away.

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The "go into a particular place in a new house and discover a strange and secret world" trope is well-used, but Attica definitely takes a new tack on it. This is no "Castle in the Attic" or even (though the beginning is reminiscent of it) "The Magician's Nephew." The story is stranger, scarier, and more surreal than a previous generation of readers would expect; there's a definite Garth Nix flavor to this, with hints of Jane Langton, a soupcon of The Borrowers, and a definite rejection of Ruth Chew. And there's only the very faintest hint of any well-intended character growth/moral change.The world of Attica is complex and deep and well-built. I think it's a well-written book. But somehow I didn't care for it all that much. Perhaps I didn't feel the characters were as well developed as I might have liked, perhaps it was the modern noir undertones... or perhaps wondering if Mr. Kilworth had spent any time living in NY state and was making a reference to Attica NY as well caused me to feel a cloud of foreboding over the story...

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fantasy world in the attic of a new house, lots of adventure and imaginative objects, people there