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ISBN13: 9780060577315
ISBN10: 0060577312
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The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this myster ious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

Review:

"Sage's debut novel, the launch title of the Septimus Heap series, introduces the seventh son of a seventh son, destined to have deep magical powers but who, as the book opens, appears to have died soon after his birth. Silas Heap, the father (who is also a wizard), has just returned home after discovering a newborn baby girl in the snow, and finds Septimus being whisked away from mother Sarah by the midwife. On the heels of these events, Marcia, the newly appointed ExtraOrdinary Wizard, commands Silas to raise the baby as his own, which he does and names her Jenna. The author quickly reveals the girl's heritage via a busybody tavern owner who passes along some gossip: it seems the Queen was assassinated and the baby princess disappeared. The tale then jumps ahead 10 years, where readers find corrupt wizard DomDaniel trying to finish off the royal line. A chase lands Jenna and friends at the island home of the matronly Aunt Zelda, at which point the pace slows dramatically. The author introduces several subplots, summarized rather than dramatized, incorporating many cameos (e.g., Jenna's best friend and Simon's fiance are mentioned in passing), and one boy claims to be Septimus. The author eventually reveals the real Septimus in a clever, if predictable, turn of events, making way for the next installments. Ages 9-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[S]cores of less-jaded youngsters will lose themselves happily in Sage's fluent, charismatic storytelling, which enfolds supportive allies and horrific enemies, abundant quirky details, and poignant moments of self-discovery." Booklist

Review:

"Heads?up, Harry, there's a new young wizard on his way up....A quick?reading, stand?alone, deliciously spellbinding series opener." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] fine choice for fantasy readers looking to delve into a new world with lots of magic, plenty of action, and a few neat surprises." School Library Journal

Review:

"[T]his story makes use of the themes of identity and belonging, perhaps not altogether originally, but with strong family bonds and interesting characters. Older children may find they have guessed a twist or two before they occur, but will read on anyway." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

The first part of this enthralling new series leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, clever charms, potions and spells, and a yearning to uncover the mystery at the heart of this story — who is Septimus Heap? Includes CD-ROM with map, spells, games, and a Web link.

Synopsis:

Beyond the Door, the first in the Time Out of Time duet from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a compelling coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and heandrsquo;s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he canandrsquo;t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.

Praise for Time Out of Time

andquot;McQuerry smoothly blends adventure, coming-of-age, and mystery with a mythological world where special academic and problem-solving talents are required assets rather than nerd-bait for bullies. The characters are charming, and the quirky, supernatural good guys are compassionate and forgiving.andquot;

--VOYA

andquot;A promising start to a fantasy series mines the rich ore of Celtic mythology and propels a young boy into cosmic battle.andquot;

--Kirkus Reviews

andquot;A sense of wonder and worry permeates the narrative, evocative of The Dark Is Rising or the work of Neil Gaiman, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for more.andquot;

--Booklist

About the Author

Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She currently lives by a creek in Cornwall, England, where she writes while overlooking oyster boats passing to and fro. She also sails a little green boat with red sails called Muriel. Angie has created many picture books and chapter books for children. This is her first novel.

Mark Zug has loved fantasy novels since he was a teenager. He has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Shoshana, June 21, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A nice start to this children's fantasy series. Magyk works intelligibly; it also is finite and not to be used frivolously (a characteristic that magic sadly lacks in the Harry Potter books). Sage includes enough absurdities to entertain both adults and children (a red door painted black, for example, or Marcia's preoccupation with stylish boots) without sliding over into farce. The language is often clever (Silas is an Ordinary Wizard, while Marcia is an ExtraOrdinary Wizard). The action moves swiftly and progresses logically with only a few deus ex machina moments and incongruities (for example, on p. 386 Jenna suddenly realizes that she has been in the tunnels before, in her dreams, but we did not know about these dreams prior to the revelation).

While Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy is the best I've read recently in this genre, the Septimus Heap books may hold that role for younger readers. Older readers will figure out much of the plot fairly early on, but this does not detract from the pleasure of the story. Mark Zug has provided engaging illustrations at the head of each chapter, and the cover art is explained not too far from the end of the book.
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Virginia, December 19, 2006 (view all comments by Virginia)
I loved this book! Like JK Rowling, the author is British. This story centers around a family of wizards (seven sons & an adopted daughter) and assorted friends. In this world wizards & humans live together in cooperation. There are as many plot twists as a Harry Potter book but it never gets as dark as HP has become. There is lots of humor. Everything about this story is delightful and I recommend it to kids 10 through adult. My favorite chapter ia actually the postscript where the fates of many of the minor characters is explained.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060577315
Illustrated by:
Zug, Mark
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Illustrator:
Zug, Mark
Author:
Ward, David
Author:
Sage, Angie
Author:
McQuerry, Maureen Doyle
Author:
Zug, Mark
Author:
by Angie Sage and Mark Zug
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Septimus Heap
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
March 1, 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Matte and code
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
7.50 x 5.00 in
Age Level:
09-UP

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Product details 576 pages Katherine Tegen Books - English 9780060577315 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sage's debut novel, the launch title of the Septimus Heap series, introduces the seventh son of a seventh son, destined to have deep magical powers but who, as the book opens, appears to have died soon after his birth. Silas Heap, the father (who is also a wizard), has just returned home after discovering a newborn baby girl in the snow, and finds Septimus being whisked away from mother Sarah by the midwife. On the heels of these events, Marcia, the newly appointed ExtraOrdinary Wizard, commands Silas to raise the baby as his own, which he does and names her Jenna. The author quickly reveals the girl's heritage via a busybody tavern owner who passes along some gossip: it seems the Queen was assassinated and the baby princess disappeared. The tale then jumps ahead 10 years, where readers find corrupt wizard DomDaniel trying to finish off the royal line. A chase lands Jenna and friends at the island home of the matronly Aunt Zelda, at which point the pace slows dramatically. The author introduces several subplots, summarized rather than dramatized, incorporating many cameos (e.g., Jenna's best friend and Simon's fiance are mentioned in passing), and one boy claims to be Septimus. The author eventually reveals the real Septimus in a clever, if predictable, turn of events, making way for the next installments. Ages 9-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[S]cores of less-jaded youngsters will lose themselves happily in Sage's fluent, charismatic storytelling, which enfolds supportive allies and horrific enemies, abundant quirky details, and poignant moments of self-discovery."
"Review" by , "Heads?up, Harry, there's a new young wizard on his way up....A quick?reading, stand?alone, deliciously spellbinding series opener."
"Review" by , "[A] fine choice for fantasy readers looking to delve into a new world with lots of magic, plenty of action, and a few neat surprises."
"Review" by , "[T]his story makes use of the themes of identity and belonging, perhaps not altogether originally, but with strong family bonds and interesting characters. Older children may find they have guessed a twist or two before they occur, but will read on anyway."
"Synopsis" by , The first part of this enthralling new series leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, clever charms, potions and spells, and a yearning to uncover the mystery at the heart of this story — who is Septimus Heap? Includes CD-ROM with map, spells, games, and a Web link.
"Synopsis" by ,
Beyond the Door, the first in the Time Out of Time duet from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a compelling coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and heandrsquo;s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he canandrsquo;t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.

Praise for Time Out of Time

andquot;McQuerry smoothly blends adventure, coming-of-age, and mystery with a mythological world where special academic and problem-solving talents are required assets rather than nerd-bait for bullies. The characters are charming, and the quirky, supernatural good guys are compassionate and forgiving.andquot;

--VOYA

andquot;A promising start to a fantasy series mines the rich ore of Celtic mythology and propels a young boy into cosmic battle.andquot;

--Kirkus Reviews

andquot;A sense of wonder and worry permeates the narrative, evocative of The Dark Is Rising or the work of Neil Gaiman, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for more.andquot;

--Booklist

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