Synopses & Reviews
The eagerly-awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence
-- a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!
It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the countrybut one after another proves to be a dead end.
Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.
There is a city that holds all of the answersbut it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plagues cure: The Golden Specific.
"Adventure seekers will find plenty of thrills in Allende's first novel for young readers. When 15-year-old Alexander Cold is sent to stay with his eccentric, gruff grandmother, Kate, while his mother is being treated for cancer, he is more than a little reluctant to accompany Kate on a writing assignment in South America to search for a legendary nine-foot-tall 'Beast.' However, once the expedition down the Amazon begins, Alexander's doubts are pushed out of his mind by more immediate concerns, such as keeping an eye on two suspicious members of the party: a native named Karakawe and Mauro Cari as, a wealthy entrepreneur. After Alexander's mysterious encounter with a caged jaguar, another teen, Nadia, explains its importance to him, and begins calling Alexander 'Jaguar.' This marks the beginning of their somewhat surreal journey: the two teens are kidnapped by the 'People of the Mist,' a tribe possessing the power of turning invisible, and enter a mountain to discover the mythical city of El Dorado and the enigmatic 'Beasts.' Reluctant readers may be intimidated by the thickness of this volume, but the plot moves at a rapid pace, laced with surprises and ironic twists. The action and outcome seem preordained, cleverly crafted to deliver the moral, but many readers will find the author's formula successful with its environmentalist theme, a pinch of the grotesque and a larger dose of magic. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Filled with magic and mysticism” KLIATT
RAVES FOR THE GLASS SENTENCE
A New York Times Bestseller
An IndieBound National Bestseller
A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices Selection
A Top Ten Kids Next Selection
A Publishers Weekly Flying Start
A Washington Post Summer Book Club Selection
A Junior Library Guild Selection
One of Publishers Weeklys Best Summer Reads
An Amazon Summer 2014 Reading Selection
An Amazon Top 20 Childrens/YA Book of 2014
An ABC Best Book of 2014
* “Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction . . . Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “A thrilling, time-bending debut . . . Its a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
*“Stellar . . richly layered and emotionally engaging from the first page through to the intriguing cliffhanger end.”—BCCB, starred review
* "A mind-blowing debut . . . The bookmaking behind this first novel is as elegant as the maps within it." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Wonderful. This author's imagination is just amazing.” - Nancy Pearl on NPR.org
“I am in no doubt about the energy of S.E. Grove as a full-fledged, pathfinding fantasist. I look forward to the next installment to place upon the pile. Intensely.” - Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review
“Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.”—Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings
“Absolutely marvelous. Its the best book Ive read in a long time.”—Nancy Farmer, National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion
"A page-turner . . So imaginative."—Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal
“Exuberantly imagined [and] exquisite."—Elizabeth Wein, New York Times best-selling author of Code Name Verity
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.
But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his fearless grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon to document the legendary Yeti, known as The Beast. Translated from Spanish.
The events of The Glass Sentence transformed the world, as well as the life of 14-year-old Sophia Tims. Since then, shes continued searching for clues to her parents' disapperance, combing Bostons archives and libraries. Across the country, her friend Theo is searching, too, as an explorers apprentice. When Sophia learns that her mothers diaryand the story of her parents fateis in a foreign archive, she makes a split-second decision and sets off on the journey with an almost complete stranger. As soon as Theo learns she is gone, he sets off on a voyage of his own. Written in alternating voices, studded with extracts from Sophias mothers diary, and filled with all manner of wonders, including startlingly new kinds of maps, The Golden Specific is that wonderful thinga second book that is even better than the first.
About the Author
Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of eleven works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young- adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with over 57 million copies sold. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.
Nacida en Perú y criada en Chile, Isabel Allende es la autora de nueve novelas incluyendo más recientemente Zorro, Retrato en Sepia, Hija de la Fortuna e Inés del Alma Mía. También ha escrito cuentos cortos, tres libros autobiográficos incluyendo Mi País Inventado y Paula, y una trilogía de libros para jóvenes. Sus libros han sido traducidos a más de 27 idiomas y son bestsellers a través del mundo entero. En 2004, fue nombrada a la Academia de Artes y Letras de los Estados Unidos. Vive en California.