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andlt;bandgt; andlt;bandgt;CHAPTER ONEandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;We Begin Our Story with a Storyandlt;/bandgt; andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;IN THE HINTERLANDS OF eastern Siberia was the village where Katherine, North, and Ombric called home. The village of Santoff Claussen felt somewhat lonely without them, but a dozen or so adventurous children played in the enchanted forest that protected their homes from the outside world. The surrounding oak trees were among the largest in the world. Their massive trunks and limbs were a paradise for climbing.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Petter, a strong boy of twelve who imagined himself a daring hero, catapulted onto the porch of his favorite tree house. He landed just ahead of his little sister, Sascha. She was testing her latest invention: gloves and shoes that allowed her to scamper up a tree, like a squirrel. But Petterand#8217;s catapult was faster.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Iand#8217;ll beat you next time,and#8221; Sascha said, hoping that a small engine on the heel of each shoe would do the trick.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;She peered down at the clearing hundreds of feet below. The villageand#8217;s bear, a massive creature, loped around the perimeter of the clearing along with Petrov, the horse of Nicholas St. North. Sascha was wondering if sheand#8217;d ever be allowed to ride Petrov when she spied Tall William, the first son of Old William, squatting on his heels, talking to a group of centipedes. The children of Santoff Claussen had begun to learn the easier insect languages (ant, worm, snail), but Tall William was the first to tackle the more difficult speech of centipede. Sascha pressed a trumpet-shaped sound amplifier to her ear.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tall William reported what the centipedes said, that all was welland#8212;Pitch, the Nightmare King, was nowhere to be seen. It was a warm summer day, but the memory of that terrible time when Pitch appeared in Santoff Claussen made Sascha shiver as if it were the darkest night in deepest winter.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Pitch had once been a hero of the Golden Age, an ancient time when Constellations ruled the universe. His name in those days long ago was General Kozmotis Pitchiner, and he had led the Golden Age Armies in capturing the Fearlings and Dream Pirates who plagued that era. These villains were wily creatures of darkness. When they escaped, they devoured the generaland#8217;s soul, and from that moment on, he hungered for the dreams of innocent children and was known simply as and#8220;Pitch.and#8221; He was determined to drain the good from dreams until they became nightmaresand#8212;every last one of themand#8212;so that the children of Earth and then other worlds would live in terror. And the dreams of the children of Santoff Claussenand#8212;who had never before known fear or wickednessand#8212;were the prizes he coveted most.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Sascha, like the other children of Santoff Claussen, had survived that terrifying night when Pitchand#8217;s Fearlings had nearly captured them in the enchanted forest, thanks to a glimmering boy with a moonlit staff who drove back the inky marauders.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Now she climbed out onto a branch and hung by her knees, still holding the ear trumpet. andlt;iandgt;The world looks different upside downandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;but it sounds the sameandlt;/iandgt;, she thought.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Sascha listened once more, then lowered the sound amplifier. The insects had said all was well. andlt;iandgt;Even so, what if Pitch and his Fearlings come back again?andlt;/iandgt; She frowned, but before that thought could darken her mood, Petter called out for a new contest. and#8220;Race you to the clearing!and#8221; he shouted, leaping for the nearest branch.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Scrambling down the tree, Saschaand#8217;s shoes and gloves now gave her the advantage. She landed proudly in front of Tall William and his brother William the Almost Youngest. Her own brother was still half a tree behind.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;She was about to brag about her victory when she spotted the stone elves hunkered amidst the vines and trees. There were at least ten statues in total, and they made for an eerie and unsettling sight, some with arms raised, swords at the ready; others frozen in midscream.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;They were Nicholas St. Northand#8217;s band of outlaws, turned to stone by the Spirit of the Forest. The Spirit had spared North for he alone was true of heart. Rejecting her offer of riches, he had gone to the villageand#8217;s rescue when Pitch attacked again. He then decided to stay in Santoff Claussen, and became their wizard Ombric Shalazarand#8217;s apprentice.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Spirit of the Forest was just one of the magical barriers their wizard had devised to protect the village when he first created it. Heand#8217;d also conjured up a hundred-foot-tall hedge, the great black bear the size of a house, and the majestic oaks that blocked the advance of anyone who tried to enter Santoff Claussen with ill intent. But none of these had been able to protect the children from the shadows and Fearlings at Pitchand#8217;s command.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Petter and his friend Fog began crossing stick swords with each other, acting out the battle that took place when Nicholas St. North had come face-to-face with Pitch.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Everything they knew and loved had seemed lost until North had galloped up to the rescue on Petrov. Though badly wounded, North had been able to drive Pitch away, but the children all worried that the Nightmare King would return. At this very moment Ombric, North, and their friend Katherine were far from Santoff Claussen, searching for the weaponand#8212;some sort of relic!and#8212;that would conquer Pitch forever.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The youngest William was near tears. and#8220;Iand#8217;m afraid. Pitch told us he would come back.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;North, Ombric, and Katherine will find a way to stop him,and#8221; Petter told him reassuringly.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;William the Absolute Youngest wasnand#8217;t entirely convinced. and#8220;But Pitchand#8217;s magic is strong. What if itand#8217;s stronger than Ombricand#8217;s?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;What does Ombric always say?and#8221; Petter asked.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The youngest William thought for a moment, then his eyes grew bright. and#8220;Magicand#8217;s real power is in believing,and#8221; he proclaimed, clearly pleased to remember Ombricand#8217;s very first lesson.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;And he began to chant. and#8220;I believe! I believe! I believe!and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Sascha joined in. and#8220;I believe! I believe! I believe Katherine and North and Ombric will come home!and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#169; 2012 William Joyce

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442430501
Author:
Joyce, William
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Animals - Alligators & Crocodiles
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Alligators and Crocodiles
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Guardians, The
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt (fx: sculptured emboss, foil [un
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 6 up to 10

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E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (Guardians of Childhood Chapter Books #2) Used Hardcover
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Product details 272 pages Atheneum Books for Young Readers - English 9781442430501 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Children will read and reread the story to enjoy all the nuances of this plot-driven fantasy with strong visual imagery. Joyce’s fans are sure to welcome his newest offering."
"Review" by , "Clever and packed with quirky, imaginative creations, lovingly illustrated by Joyce."
"Synopsis" by , Average bunnies may hippity hop, but E. Astor Bunnymund (aka The Easter Bunny) is more the “hi-ya” type. Highly skilled in various martial arts — many of which he invented himself — and one of the oldest magical beings on earth, Bunnymund is the architect behind an unrivaled network of tunnels, which, combined with his supernatural speed, gives him secret access to almost anyplace on the planet. And though his tunnels come in handy when it’s time to deliver mountains of candy and chocolate each year, E. Astor’s favorite place to be is an underground metropolis on Easter Island where eggs are worshiped and Bunnymund is king.

Except something is rotten in the state of Eggonooloo. Pitch, the Nightmare King, is on the attack, and if Bunnymund is going to successfully defend his royal guard of warrior eggs, he’s going to need some help. Enter Nicholas St. North (from the first Guardians chapter book adventure) and his companions MiM and Sand Mansnoozy, and the stage is set for a battle of epic proportions.

"Synopsis" by , Don't miss The Rise of the Guardians, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters November 2012.

Forget the bunny trail. E. Aster Bunnymund is on a warpath. In this second chapter book in William Joyce’s The Guardians series, sometimes you have to crack a few eggs.

Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?

Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Highly skilled in martial arts (many of which he invented himself), Bunnymund is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. If the Guardians need paths near the Earth’s core, he’s their Pooka. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the second piece of the Moonclipper.

This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs—it brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch!

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