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The Shadow Thieves: The Cronus Chronicles, Book One (Cronus Chronicles #01)

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Publisher Comments:

See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extra-ordinary is about to happen to her.

Oh, it's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. It's not the sudden arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. It's not her creepy English teacher Mr. Metos, who takes his mythology lessons just a little too seriously. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedoes, who follow Charlotte everywhere.

What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things... It's all of them. And when Charlotte's friends start to get sick one by one, Charlotte and Zee set out to find a cure. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.

Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil. And then they discover that the fate of every person — living and dead — is in their young hands. In her dazzling debut for young readers, Anne Ursu weaves a tale of myth and adventure, danger and magic that will keep readers engrossed until the very last secret is revealed.

Review:

"Ursu (Spilling Clarence, for adults) tantalizingly tells her tale, the first entry in the Cronus Chronicles, out of order, building suspense and integrating Greek mythology as she goes. In the first section (entitled 'We begin in the middle') a sardonic narrator introduces 13-year-old Charlotte. The red-headed misfit begins to experience popularity when her cousin Zee arrives from London, making her cool by association. As part one concludes, students at their school start to get sick at an alarming rate; here the story jumps back six months to tell the tale of Zee, a star athlete whose beloved grandmother prophetically whispers 'me-tos' to him on her deathbed. Mr. Metos, it turns out, teaches Charlotte and Zee mythology, and aids the cousins in their mission to go to Hades and stop the strange sickness plaguing the students. Underworld-born Philonecron and his Footmen are stealing children's shadows to mount an army and unseat the Lord of the Dead, and Charlotte and Zee (with his unique birthright) may be the only ones who can stop him. Readers will likely find this entertaining in the most pleasingly frenetic of ways, and the narrator's breezy sense of humor (e.g., 'The Ferryman for the Dead is widely considered, in both legend and life, to be rather, well, greedy. But really, if you look at all the facts, you can't blame him. He has a family to feed') keeps the book from cracking under the weight of its Byzantine structure. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Shadow Thieves...genuinely creates excitement not only about itself but about what might follow....The plotting is zippy, male and female middle-schoolers are at the center, and the issues of personal responsibility and community that are raised are intriguing." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"With a wit and cynicism that will enchant most readers, Ursu weaves an extraordinary tale....The Shadow Thieves is a great addition to this newly popular Greek-myth genre." School Library Journal

Review:

"This story is charmingly silly, but has enough serious moments to carry the plot forward. It unwinds with such unabashed cheerfulness and gusto that readers will find much to enjoy..." Booklist

Review:

"Snarky wit and authorial asides, though occasionally intrusive, keep the adventure lively. A fun and funny tale of youthful heroism." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"While delivering a fast-paced action adventure...this Greek-themed frolic is set apart by the voice of its omniscient narrator, who addresses the reader in an irreverently casual tone and establishes a ridiculous exaggeration that pleasantly leavens the danger." Horn Book

Synopsis:

After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.

Synopsis:

See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extra-ordinary is about to happen to her.

Oh, it's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. It's not the sudden arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. It's not her creepy English teacher Mr. Metos, who takes his mythology lessons just a little too seriously. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedoes, who follow Charlotte everywhere.

What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things....It's all of them. And when Charlotte's friends start to get sick one by one, Charlotte and Zee set out to find a cure. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.

Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil. And then they discover that the fate of every person — living and dead — is in their young hands.

In her dazzling debut for young readers, Anne Ursu weaves a tale of myth and adventure, danger and magic that will keep readers engrossed until the very last secret is revealed.

Synopsis:

Conflict: In the end: Charlotte

Zee

Grandmother Winter

Mr. Metos

The Immortals: Description/Powers Important because.. In the endÉ Philonecron

Hades

Persephone

Charon

Music:

The Harpies like to rewrite nursery rhymes to reflect their more modern tastes. Rewrite a nursery rhyme or tune for another of the Underworld's beasts. Common tunes include "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Frére Jacques," or "London Bridge."

Art: Design the costumes for a movie adaptation of the novel. Sketch garments and choose colors and fabrics.

Or choose a scene to design instead. You can sketch, paint, or use the computer to create your setting.

About the Author

Anne Ursu is the author of two adult novels, Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James. Both books were Book Sense 76 Picks. Spilling Clarence was awarded a Minnesota Book Award, was a Barnes and Nobles Discover Great New Writers selection, and nominated for a Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award. Anne has written on theater and the arts for newspapers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Portland, Maine, and her work has recently appeared in Glamour magazine. She lives with her husband and their cats in Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: We Begin in the Middle

1: Charlotte

2: Mr. Metos

3: Zee

4: Doors

5: Get Ready

6: Get Set

Part Two: Now, the Beginning

7: The Last Summer of Grandmother Winter

8: Grandmother Winter's Last Words

9: A Brief History of the Underworld as It Pertains to Charlotte Mielswetzski

10: Creative Problem Solving

11: Zee and His Shadows

12: The Footmen

Part Three: The End of the Beginning

13: Go

14: Mr. Metos Explains it All

15: Good Kitty

16: Life Lessons From Charon

17: Waiting for Mr. Metos

18: Journey to the Underworld

Part Four: The Beginning of the End

19: Descent

20: Oops

21: Zero

22: Into the Land of the Dead

23: The All-Seeing One

24: A Surprise

25: The Shadows Come

26: Battle of the Shadows

27: Daylight

Epilogue

Grandmother Winter's Last Adventure

Bestiary

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psynoid, October 1, 2008 (view all comments by psynoid)
No one has ever wanted to take over the underworld, but with love struck Hades neglecting his duties, someone else decides to grab the throne, and the cousins Charlotte and Zee are smacked right in the middle of it.

I love the way the story is written -- the way the story jumps from one scene to another, and the sardonic narration fits well with the main character's personality, being a misfit and all. I'd like to read more about Hades though, it seems that the the focus was only on the 2 cousins, the rest of the characters were not developed as much as I would have liked.

still a good read though.
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crowyhead, April 16, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
When children in their town start falling mysteriously ill, Charlotte and her cousin Zee uncover a plot to take over the Underworld using the children's stolen shadows.

I really wanted to like this more than I did -- it was witty, and creative, and I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite have the spark to win me over completely. Despite the length of the book, the characters aren't developed all that well, and it just feels a little flat. It's supposedly the first book in a series, but I'm not sure where the author plans to go next with it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416905875
Author:
Ursu, Anne
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Illustrator:
Fortune, Eric
Illustrator:
Eric Fortune
Author:
Anne Ursu
Author:
Fortune, Eric
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Greek & Roman
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
FICTION / Science Fiction / High Tech
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Cronus Chronicles Trilogy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt; b-w int. spot art
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 17.395 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ursu (Spilling Clarence, for adults) tantalizingly tells her tale, the first entry in the Cronus Chronicles, out of order, building suspense and integrating Greek mythology as she goes. In the first section (entitled 'We begin in the middle') a sardonic narrator introduces 13-year-old Charlotte. The red-headed misfit begins to experience popularity when her cousin Zee arrives from London, making her cool by association. As part one concludes, students at their school start to get sick at an alarming rate; here the story jumps back six months to tell the tale of Zee, a star athlete whose beloved grandmother prophetically whispers 'me-tos' to him on her deathbed. Mr. Metos, it turns out, teaches Charlotte and Zee mythology, and aids the cousins in their mission to go to Hades and stop the strange sickness plaguing the students. Underworld-born Philonecron and his Footmen are stealing children's shadows to mount an army and unseat the Lord of the Dead, and Charlotte and Zee (with his unique birthright) may be the only ones who can stop him. Readers will likely find this entertaining in the most pleasingly frenetic of ways, and the narrator's breezy sense of humor (e.g., 'The Ferryman for the Dead is widely considered, in both legend and life, to be rather, well, greedy. But really, if you look at all the facts, you can't blame him. He has a family to feed') keeps the book from cracking under the weight of its Byzantine structure. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Shadow Thieves...genuinely creates excitement not only about itself but about what might follow....The plotting is zippy, male and female middle-schoolers are at the center, and the issues of personal responsibility and community that are raised are intriguing."
"Review" by , "With a wit and cynicism that will enchant most readers, Ursu weaves an extraordinary tale....The Shadow Thieves is a great addition to this newly popular Greek-myth genre."
"Review" by , "This story is charmingly silly, but has enough serious moments to carry the plot forward. It unwinds with such unabashed cheerfulness and gusto that readers will find much to enjoy..."
"Review" by , "Snarky wit and authorial asides, though occasionally intrusive, keep the adventure lively. A fun and funny tale of youthful heroism."
"Review" by , "While delivering a fast-paced action adventure...this Greek-themed frolic is set apart by the voice of its omniscient narrator, who addresses the reader in an irreverently casual tone and establishes a ridiculous exaggeration that pleasantly leavens the danger."
"Synopsis" by , After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.
"Synopsis" by , See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extra-ordinary is about to happen to her.

Oh, it's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. It's not the sudden arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. It's not her creepy English teacher Mr. Metos, who takes his mythology lessons just a little too seriously. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedoes, who follow Charlotte everywhere.

What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things....It's all of them. And when Charlotte's friends start to get sick one by one, Charlotte and Zee set out to find a cure. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.

Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil. And then they discover that the fate of every person — living and dead — is in their young hands.

In her dazzling debut for young readers, Anne Ursu weaves a tale of myth and adventure, danger and magic that will keep readers engrossed until the very last secret is revealed.

"Synopsis" by , Conflict: In the end: Charlotte

Zee

Grandmother Winter

Mr. Metos

The Immortals: Description/Powers Important because.. In the endÉ Philonecron

Hades

Persephone

Charon

Music:

The Harpies like to rewrite nursery rhymes to reflect their more modern tastes. Rewrite a nursery rhyme or tune for another of the Underworld's beasts. Common tunes include "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Frére Jacques," or "London Bridge."

Art: Design the costumes for a movie adaptation of the novel. Sketch garments and choose colors and fabrics.

Or choose a scene to design instead. You can sketch, paint, or use the computer to create your setting.

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