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Books of Beginning #01: The Emerald Atlasby John Stephens
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Two wondrous adventures in one special gift set!
Called “a new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle brim with humor and action as they chart Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet they are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world . . . a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophecy is correct—their actions have the power to change history. It is up to them to set things right.
"This promising first volume in debut author Stephens's Books of Beginning trilogy concerns siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma, who, when very young, were taken from their parents to protect them from unspecified forces of darkness. They have since spent 10 years in a series of unpleasant orphanages; the last of these — which, oddly enough, houses no children but themselves — is run by the eccentric Dr. Pym. While exploring their palatial yet decrepit new home tucked away in the Adirondacks, the children discover a magical green book, which transports them into the recent past. There they do battle with a beautiful witch who has terrorized and enslaved the local people in her unsuccessful search for the very book the children possess. Adventures follow, featuring murderous zombielike Screechers, time travel paradoxes, and multiple revelations about Dr. Pym. If Stephens's characterizations sometimes dip into clichÃ© (grumpy, Scottish-ish dwarves; noble/heroic natives; an effete evil assistant), few will mind. This fast-paced, fully imagined fantasy is by turns frightening and funny, and the siblings are well-crafted and empathetic heroes. Highly enjoyable, it should find many readers. Ages 8 — 12. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Angels and demons, mystery and magic cast a page-turning spell in this humorous middle grade fantasy debut.
Jonathan Smith thinks hes a regular twelve-year-old living a normal life in England with his parents. His first clue to the contrary is the faceless monsters in suits and bowler hats that crash into his familys cottage. Its not until he wakes up alone in the unfamiliar village of Hobbes End that his true identity is revealed: his mothers a demon, his dads an angel, and his grandfather Gabriel is the villages angel-turned-clockmaker. As Jonathans one-of-a-kind angel-demon powers start to kick in, he wonders if he can prevent the archdemon Belial from taking over Heaven and Hell . . . let alone round up his parents. A swashbuckling fantasy debut!
The third book in the quirky and enchanting Darwen Arkwright series, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society!
THE FIGHT FOR BOTH OUR WORLDS MUST COME TO AN END.
Mr. Peregrine has been kidnapped! Now it's up to Darwen, Rich, and Alexandra to rescue him. They'll embark upon a journey that will take them deeper into Silbrica than they've ever gone before, and there, on the other side of the mirror, they'll find the strangest sight of all: an exact replica of Hillside Academy. This is only the first of many connections that Darwen and his friends are about to discover between the human world and the world of Silbrica. And as the connections begin piling up, they'll be forced to confront the most horrifying realization of all: they've been lied to this entire time.
About the Author
JOHN STEPHENS spent ten years in television, and was executive producer of Gossip Girls and a writer for Gilmore Girls and The O.C. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and was inspired to write novels for children after reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
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