The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning, Book 1

Book review by Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Thrilling, chilling time travel for mid-grade fantasy fans.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

Pretty Good

My nephew bought the book and gave it to me to read after he was finished. I found it interesting and fun. A little different from other young adult novels I've read, but with all the familiar themes: missing parents, evil-doers who look good, elderly wise wizards. But a new twist with time travel and its repercussions. Looking forward to the other books in the series.

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Book Details

  • Author: John Stephens
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: April 5, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 14
  • Number of pages: 417
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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