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Staff Pick

Michael Scott's The Alchemyst series hit us like a ton of gold bricks! Mr. Scott has already published several books of folktales, and this little venture into the life and time of Nicholas Flamel is full of great gods and myths. If you haven't had a run-in with Bastet while you're on the run with a sacred priceless object lately, you haven't really lived. Just try it. It begins, "I am legend. Death has no claim over me...."
Recommended by Mary Z., Powells.com

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He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects — the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

Review:

"Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with 'dead-looking skin and... marble eyes' (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex's prophecies: 'The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world.' Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun — Dr. John Dee — against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins (Sophie's powers are 'awakened' by the goddess Hekate, who'd been living in an elaborate treehouse north of San Francisco). Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels. Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias of mythology and alchemy, those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read." School Library Journal

Review:

"[E]xplores the issues of good and evil, which can be deceiving to the eye, as well as trust and loyalty." KLIATT

Review:

The writing and story line have a flamboyant style that will put readers on the edge of their seats as they rush to the final page, pausing along the way to savor the author's vivid descriptions of worlds and events. Readers will actively root for the good guys in this exhilarating fantasy — if they can figure out who they are." Booklist

Synopsis:

Magic, mayhem, and humor abound in this riveting middle-grade adventure, the sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice.

Synopsis:

and#8220;A fabulously imaginative historical fantasy.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review of The Inquisitorand#8217;s Apprentice

At the turn of the twentieth century, New Yorkand#8217;s Bowery District becomes the scene of a terrible murder when the Klezmer King gets fried to a crisp by his Electric Tuxedoand#8212;on stage! Theand#160;Inquisitorand#8217;s apprentice, thirteen-year-oldand#160;Sacha Kessler, tries to help find the killer, but the closer he gets to solving the crime, the more it sounds as if the creature that haunted him in his first adventure is back. Worse still, his own Jewish family is in danger. Sacha has avoided learning magic until now, but as his world falls apart around him, he changes his mind.

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

STARRED REVIEW

andquot;McQuerryandrsquo;s compelling narrative races forward, immersing the reader in its lyrical mysteries.andquot;

--Booklist, starred review

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;

--Publishers Weekly

andquot;Fantasy addicts will find plenty to like in Beyond the Door, and it is beautifully designed with Ogham code (early Irish alphabet) at the bottom of the pages for kids to decipher while they are waiting for the next instalment.andquot;

--School Library Journal

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About the Author

An authority on mythology and folklore, Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful authors. Writing in genres of fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and folklore, he was hailed by the Irish Times as "The King of Fantasy in These Isles." He lives and writes in Dublin, Ireland.

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emmejo, July 10, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
The only knowledge some may have of Nicholas Flamel is that he was mentioned in Harry Potter. However he was a real man and a colorful character. This *fantasy* (not what actually happened, as far as we know) novel tells the story of two teens who, by a twist of fate, end up in the middle of a fight that has gone on for centuries. Flamel once took on an apprentice, John Dee, who when he discovered that Flamel had the ability to be immortal attempted to steal the spell book from Flamel. Flamel has eluded him for five centuries, but can he still stay hidden in our modern world?

I didn't expect much, this book has had very mixed reviews, but I highly enjoyed it. Sudden plot twists and fascinating characters keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. The writing was fast and flowing, almost poetical at times. Very easy to read.
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madcov44, June 21, 2009 (view all comments by madcov44)
Worthwhile review! read it!
I liked this book! Scott is really good at painting pictures, characters and seanes. It was a very fresh idea. There were some falts in it too, though. It didn't bring your emotions into what you're reading. You didn't really relate to the characters as much, or feel how they felt. They were all really dramatic, it seemed like they were acting in a play. sometimes it was verry cheesy. Another thing was I thought the two main characters, Josh and Sophie, were to similar to the characters in Fablehaven. One thing was that sophie got her powers first. and, like if Fablehaven, they both have opposite powers. Other than those things I thought it was a good book.I really liked the aura idea. Very origonal! I still belive another writer could make the story exciting, but still using the same plot. Good read! one funny thing was that the book takes place over two days.
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deanwinchester20, April 15, 2008 (view all comments by deanwinchester20)
This is one of the books that people need to read, it 's amazing. The beginning of the book goes straight to the point and the action. This also talks about a real person named Nicholas Flamel that lived in Paris In the 1800's If you like Harry Potter then you will really love this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385733571
Author:
Scott, Michael
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
McQuerry, Maureen Doyle
Author:
Geyer, Mark Edward
Author:
Moriarty, Chris
Author:
Fisher, Catherine
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Series:
Time Out of Time
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Matte and code
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 6.5 x 1.25 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 384 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385733571 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Michael Scott's The Alchemyst series hit us like a ton of gold bricks! Mr. Scott has already published several books of folktales, and this little venture into the life and time of Nicholas Flamel is full of great gods and myths. If you haven't had a run-in with Bastet while you're on the run with a sacred priceless object lately, you haven't really lived. Just try it. It begins, "I am legend. Death has no claim over me...."

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with 'dead-looking skin and... marble eyes' (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex's prophecies: 'The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world.' Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun — Dr. John Dee — against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins (Sophie's powers are 'awakened' by the goddess Hekate, who'd been living in an elaborate treehouse north of San Francisco). Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels. Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias of mythology and alchemy, those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read."
"Review" by , "[E]xplores the issues of good and evil, which can be deceiving to the eye, as well as trust and loyalty."
"Review" by , The writing and story line have a flamboyant style that will put readers on the edge of their seats as they rush to the final page, pausing along the way to savor the author's vivid descriptions of worlds and events. Readers will actively root for the good guys in this exhilarating fantasy — if they can figure out who they are."
"Synopsis" by , Magic, mayhem, and humor abound in this riveting middle-grade adventure, the sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice.
"Synopsis" by , and#8220;A fabulously imaginative historical fantasy.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review of The Inquisitorand#8217;s Apprentice

At the turn of the twentieth century, New Yorkand#8217;s Bowery District becomes the scene of a terrible murder when the Klezmer King gets fried to a crisp by his Electric Tuxedoand#8212;on stage! Theand#160;Inquisitorand#8217;s apprentice, thirteen-year-oldand#160;Sacha Kessler, tries to help find the killer, but the closer he gets to solving the crime, the more it sounds as if the creature that haunted him in his first adventure is back. Worse still, his own Jewish family is in danger. Sacha has avoided learning magic until now, but as his world falls apart around him, he changes his mind.

"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

STARRED REVIEW

andquot;McQuerryandrsquo;s compelling narrative races forward, immersing the reader in its lyrical mysteries.andquot;

--Booklist, starred review

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;

--Publishers Weekly

andquot;Fantasy addicts will find plenty to like in Beyond the Door, and it is beautifully designed with Ogham code (early Irish alphabet) at the bottom of the pages for kids to decipher while they are waiting for the next instalment.andquot;

--School Library Journal

and#160;

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