Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: April 2011
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been passed from one orphanage to another. But the latest one, located on a remote crumbled old manor, is the strangest yet. Besides being the only children there, they meet the mysterious Dr. Pym and find an old book with magic powers. When the children discover that the book has the ability to send them through time, they become embroiled in a centuries-old battle to protect the books from evil forces. But can they protect the book and each other too?
Things I Liked:
This was a fun and unique fantasy story that kind of stole into my heart. I really liked the world that Stephens created, though I had a hard time getting into it. The atlas and the history of it was the most intriguing part of the world, though we didn't get much about it early in the book. I fell in love with the three kids, though not right away. I was especially fond of Emma, who is such a spitfire that it's fun to read about her. A fantastic new fantasy series for those aching for a new world and new adventures.
Things I Didn't Like:
As I mentioned, it was hard to get into it. I think maybe it was too slow in the beginning. It didn't really pick up in action until about halfway through for me. I wanted more details about the magical aspects of the world than we got and I look forward to more from the next books. True fantasy tween fans will likely devour this series.
I agree it's kind of like a MG Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
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The Shadows by Jacqueline West
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
though I could have missed a few
some, though not described in detail
Overall rating: ****
What fantasy series did you love as a tween?
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