Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact (Darwen Arkwright Series #1)

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact (Darwen Arkwright Series #1)

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by A. J. Hartley, Emily Osborne
     
 

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For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society--now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different--but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination!

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For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society--now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different--but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination!

Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet--a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world--something that only human children possess.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Darwen Arkwright has moved from England to Atlanta, GA, to live with his career-driven aunt after his parents die in a car crash. He is a typical 11-year-old boy, nervous about starting at a new school and struggling to deal with all the other big changes in his life. He soon discovers that he has a unique gift—he is a "mirrocculist," one who can see through mirrors, and he can travel through them to the world that he sees. He makes friends with Alexandra, who is smart-mouthed but also smart, and Rich, whose mother recently died from cancer and whose frightening appearance masks a boy with unique interests. Although Darwen is initially reluctant to tell his new friends about the world on the other side of the mirror, soon they are drawn into the battle to keep evil from coming through it and destroying all they hold dear. An exciting read from beginning to end, the book has a lot of heart. It will leave readers wanting more; indeed, it would seem that a sequel is a foregone and happy conclusion.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, MD
Publishers Weekly
Adult author Hartley (Will Power) makes his children's book debut with a dark fantasy adventure, first in a planned series, for readers seeking magical chills. After his parents die, 11-year-old Darwen moves from a small English town to live with his busy aunt in Atlanta. Enrolled in a pompous private school (where he is bullied and ridiculed for his accent and his ignorance of American customs), the miserable Darwen is given a mirror that turns out to be a gateway to the strange world of Silbrica. Captivated by Silbrica's beauty, Darwen seeks refuge there until he's chased out by scrobblers, menacing humanoid beasts that are determined to capture him for nefarious purposes. Worse, the scrobblers are connected to Darwen's world and the school itself; it's up to Darwen and his few friends to prevent major disaster on both sides of the mirror. The excitement builds tentatively as Hartley lays extensive groundwork for his complex fantasy world. Silbrica itself feels thinly drawn and claustrophobic, but solid writing and a genuinely intriguing protagonist set the stage for the next chapter. Ages 9–12. Agent: Dystel & Goderich. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jodell Sadler
Readers who enjoy fantasy will enjoy the descriptions and promise of adventure which orphan Darwen Arkwright finds in a mirror that suddenly turns into a window into another world out to threaten his own. Although reluctant readers rely on a faster pace and increase in tension, avid readers may enjoy the headless creatures with teeth across their chest, characters that evolve into monsters, the ever-changing landscape filled with physics, science, archeological twists, school issues galore as Darwen and his friends, Alexandria and Rich, attempt to save fellow students from their ultimate demise. Descriptions are hallmark of this debut children's title from adult writer, A. J. Hartley, as he builds a world for middle graders that includes mirrors leading to new worlds, lighted tunnels, dark turns, Halloween dances, friendship, and characters that transform before the reader's eyes. Many readers who reach for this title may prefer Darren Shan's "Cirque du Freak" series (2002), which offers fast pacing, vivid action scenes, and awesome tension in each of its 12-volume collection. Reviewer: Jodell Sadler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101558614
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/13/2011
Series:
Darwen Arkwright Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
585,327
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"An imaginative page turner that manages to be by turns spooky, suspenseful and touching. 'Brilliant!' as Darwen would say."

Meet the Author

A. J. Hartley (www.ajhartley.net) is the author of several bestselling adult novels and has been published in over twenty languages worldwide. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University, and he is the Russell Robinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He lives with his wife and son in Charlotte, NC. Darwen Arkwright is his children's debut.

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