The Celestial Globe (Kronos Chronicles Series #2)

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When Prince Rodolfo?s monsters attack her, Petra Kronos is spirited away to London. As she struggles to escape, Neel and Tomik sail the high seas in search of her. Though separated by many miles, the three friends draw closer together in Marie Rutkoski's sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, called ?astonishingly accomplished? by Publishers Weekly. Readers will not be disappointed in this adventure-filled novel that includes man-made monsters, the unraveling of a murder mystery, and the hunt for the ...

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Overview

When Prince Rodolfo’s monsters attack her, Petra Kronos is spirited away to London. As she struggles to escape, Neel and Tomik sail the high seas in search of her. Though separated by many miles, the three friends draw closer together in Marie Rutkoski's sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, called “astonishingly accomplished” by Publishers Weekly. Readers will not be disappointed in this adventure-filled novel that includes man-made monsters, the unraveling of a murder mystery, and the hunt for the Celestial Globe, which the prince of Bohemia will do anything to own.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A fun and creative voyage with unexpected twists and energetic turns. . . . Rutkoski’s creative imagery and beautifully descriptive thoughts create a world that you could happily get lost inside.” Deseret News

* “Rutkoski builds on what worked in the first novel and heightens the stakes. . . . Strong characters and fast-paced plotting let this compelling installment stand independently, but the ending will leave readers eager for the next.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This book is a wonderful mix of fantasy, action, science fiction, and even a bit of romance. It is a real pleasure to find a book so smooth in its transitions. Though it is incredibly imaginative, the storyline is easy to follow.” —San Francisco Book Review

“The fantastical journey of Tomik and Neel, and Petra’s struggles with her captor, her education, and her love interest will engage fans of the first book and bring new readers to the series. An author’s note (cunningly penned by Astrophil, Petra’s clockwork spider) explains which characters and events are rooted in historical fact.” —School Library Journal

“[Readers will] be engrossed in a tale that is part mystery and part fantasy, with a reveal at the end so grotesque they’ll be clamoring for the next book’s release date. A true original.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

Publishers Weekly
This stellar sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders surpasses its predecessor by navigating the intelligent fantasy adventure outside 16th-century Bohemia and deepening the scope of its magic. After an attack, feisty 13-year-old Petra's mind connection to British spy John Dee enables him to rescue her to London through a “Loophole” that allows instant time-space travel. Another Loophole casts two supporting players into central roles when her childhood friend and magician Tomik passes to Portugal only to be captured by Roma pirates, including Petra's friend Neel. These pirates possess one of two magical globes and are searching for the second; combined, they offer “the power to guide anyone through hundreds of Loopholes.” Their quest leads back to Petra and pits them against Bohemia's evil Prince Rodolfo and a complex web of British traitors. Using a winning combination of history and magic, Rutkoski builds on what worked in the first novel and heightens the stakes, as Petra matures under Dee's enigmatic tutelage. Strong characters and fast-paced plotting let this compelling installment stand independently, but the ending will leave readers eager for the next. Ages 10–up. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
There's some serious swashbuckling underway in this follow-up to the high-spirited The Cabinet of Wonders (2008). When readers last saw Petra and her father, she had foiled the Prince of Bohemia's evil plans and was back at home. This brief peace is abruptly shattered, however, when the prince sics his uniquely horrific Gray Men on Petra's home and she barely escapes, thanks to the machinations of the English spy, John Dee. Taken to England, Petra is determined to escape from Dee's home, even as her friends Tomik and Neel search for her abroad. When Petra makes a bet with Dee that she can solve a murder case before he can, she has no idea of the betrayals and secrets that await her. Once readers get past Petra's incessant whining in the first half of the story, they'll be engrossed in a tale that is part mystery and part fantasy, with a reveal at the end so grotesque they'll be clamoring for the next book's release date. A true original. (Fantasy. 10-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This historical fantasy, a follow-up to The Cabinet of Wonders (Farrar, 2008), brings magic and mystery to life. When British spy John Dee, advisor to Queen Elizabeth, spirits young Petra Kronos away from Prince Rodolfo's monsters in Bohemia, Petra's only concern is returning home to London and rescuing her father. Instead, Dee keeps her captive and trains her as both a magician and a spy. On the other side of the world, Petra's friends Neel and Tomik unwillingly join forces to find not only Petra but also the Celestial Globe. Evil Prince Rodolfo also seeks the Globe, half of a set that reveals mysterious pathways through the world. Petra and the other characters have matured, and romance begins to play a role, but friendship and adventure remain at the forefront. While the multiple narratives dilute the action somewhat, the fantastical journey of Tomik and Neel, and Petra's struggles with her captor, her education, and her love interest will engage fans of the first book and bring new readers to the series. An author's note (cunningly penned by Astrophil, Petra's clockwork spider) explains which characters and events are rooted in historical fact.—Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250027320
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Kronos Chronicles Series , #2
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 281,279
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    !!!!

    I read the first one, thinking getting it from the library would try and see if i liked it and i cant wait to read this one!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Five-star book : )

    This was an amazing book, I read it going into fifth grade. I hope more people will read this trilogy!!!!!!! The first book is the Cabinent of Wonders and the last is the Jewel of Kalderdash. The Grey Men kinda scared me so I was looking forward to the next book. This book is definitely a 10 or older book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    Fun, but not as good as the first.

    At first, I wasn't really taken with the story. The first book was so new, such a new type of fantasy with many things to discover as they revealed themselves throughout the story. The sequel, however, lacks some of that sense of discovery. There are still elements that pepper themselves throughout, but mostly this is an adventure story with lots of swashbuckling and murder mystery. That's not to say that the book is bad, per se, or even that it's worse than its predecessor. It's just that what I was hoping for was a further exploration of the fantasy elements that make up the world, how they work, why most people only have one power, etc. I would still recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the first book in the series. -Lindsey Miller, Lindsey's Library

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    Kronos Chronicles Review

    SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I loved the action, mystery, suspense, surprise, romance, humor, and Petra's defiance. This 16th century setting book is a great read for anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

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    This book lacks some of the qualities the Cabinet of Wonders has that pulls you in. The quality of the story makes sure that you can't put the book down until you've finished. But for this book, I was able to put it down anytime without regretting it or being reluctant. And that's saying something. The plot is good, and the way the clues gradually appear, not too quickly nor too slowly, is outstanding. I would recommend this to anyone who is comfortable with the vocabulary and who loved the firstp book. I assure you, this series is worth the money though I hoped it was free.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

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    Great book kinda scary for me and im nine just a warning to others if you agree hit yes please

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Celestial globe

    I love it so far.It has spies and kronos secrets if u read "The Cabinet of Wonders"! U need to read this one and then read the thhird one The Jewels of Kalderdash.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    HESPHEASTUS CABIN


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Happy

    Stands on Lucy's shoulder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Lucy to the others

    The book is caled The Cellestials: a novel. In the next res!! We're all there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Fairy tail eizard

    THIS IS ARE TERRITORY JUVIA SCREAMS AND FLOODS THE CABIN WHILE ALICE FREEZED IT SO NOT EVEN FIRE WILL MELT IS NOR WILL LAVA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Flint

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    The girl

    She gently walks around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Best series ever!

    The whole series is wonderful... mesmerizing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Pepper

    " Thanks, Clyde." She unpacks her stuff.* i love it here!*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Hermes/Dionysus Cabin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Love this book

    Love it!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Loved the first

    Cant wait to read just bought it and am so excited

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    This book is great!!!!!!!!!

    Oh this book is just so full of suspense and excitement i love it and will read it over and over again great sequel to tue first im excited to read the third

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book

    Enjoyable and fun

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