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The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning, Book 1

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

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.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids ready to delve into time-travelling fantasy will love this fun, fast-paced book. Intriguing and suspenseful, the story is packed with strong characters, sophisticated language, and adventures that force the heroes to grapple with questions of loyalty, honesty, hard choices and, of course, good and evil. Here, author John Stephens uses some familiar fantasy elements -- innocent orphans, an evil witch, a struggle over three valuable books of wisdom -- to pull together a creative story that will have kids breathlessly waiting for the next installment. Younger readers may be confused by the time-travelling sequences, and the violence may be a little too much for them, but for kids who are mature enough, this is a thrilling ride.

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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