Friday, July 15, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

"The girl was shaken awake."

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Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.

Alfred A. Knopf; 417 pages


Anonymous said...

A fun imaginative read!

kayakgirl said...

A fun read. Kids will like it. I believe it will be very popular in the library. Won't win a medal though.

Anonymous said...

I've seen some reviews compare this to Harry Potter and Narnia. The audio book is read by Jim Dale and is stupendous. I wish fantasy like this would win something because it is a great genre that seems underrepresented as of late in the Newbery. It seems like it has been a while since a true fantasy or science fiction novel has won.

Anonymous said...

I agree, any fantasy lovers have to read this. Awesome!

Dawn said...

I agree, the audio book was super! I can see the comparisons with Narnia and Harry Potter but I was thinking more along the lines of Pullman's Golden Compass Trilogy. Maybe that's because a group of kids needs saved in the first one.

One point of distinction was that the book was told in third person but the narration mirrored the personalities of each of the characters. Most notably, the younger sister's actions were narrated in a way that evoked her 'voice'. The tone was dramatically different and the words used to describe her actions were different.