The Steps Across the Water (Hardcover)

By Adam Gopnik

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423112136, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

List Price: 17.99*
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Winter 2011 Kids' Next List

“Do you want to know why you never see the same taxi driver twice in New York City? Read The Steps Across The Water and discover a city similar to New York, called U Nork, with taller skyscrapers, dirigibles, and zeppelins, and in danger of being destroyed. Only Rose can save the citizens of U Nork. But how does a young girl save a huge city -- or is it really as big as it seems? This is a fantasy adventure told with humor, insight, love, with messages for both young and old.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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Rose lives in New York, the city of bright lights and excitement-where extraordinary things happen every day. But Rose wasn't born in New York; she was adopted and arrived there at age two; and though Rose loves her home and her adopted family, sometimes she can't help but feel different, like she's meant to be somewhere else.

Then one day in Central Park, Rose sees something truly extraordinary: a crystal staircase rising out of the lake, and two small figures climbing the shimmering steps before vanishing like a mirage. Only it isn't a mirage. Rose is being watched-by representatives of U Nork, a hidden city far more spectacular than its sister city, New York. In U Nork, dirigibles and zeppelins skirt dazzling skyscrapers that would dwarf the Chrysler Building. Impeccably dressed U Norkers glide along the sidewalks on roller skates. Rose can hardly take it all in.

And then she learns the most astonishing thing about U Nork: its citizens are in danger, and only Rose can help them.

In this masterful new fantasy, best-selling author Adam Gopnik joins with legendary illustrator Bruce McCall to explore powerful themes of identity and the meaning of home.

About the Author

Adam Gopnik was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Montreal. He is best known as a staff writer for "The New Yorker, "and as the author "Paris to the Moon," an account of five years he and his family spent in the French capital. He is also author of the children's book "The King in the Window." Bruce McCall ( is a Canadian author and illustrator best known for his contributions to The New Yorker. He has also written sketches for Saturday Night Live. He lives in New York City.