The Emerald Atlas (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now.

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Overview

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780606264075
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Waiting impatiently for the next books!

    One Christmas Eve, Kate is shaken awake by her mother. Kate, the oldest of three children, is implored by her mother to look after the younger two, Michael and Emma. The three children are spirited away in the middle of the night to keep them safe. For the next ten years, these siblings will find themselves shuffled from foster home to foster home, until one disastrous meeting with a potential adoptive parent lands them in the "orphanage" of Dr. Stanislaus Pym. It is a strange sort of orphanage, made so because of the enigmatic owner of the house, Dr. Pym, the old caretaker, Abraham, and the housekeeper who insists on speaking to the children in address of royalty, Miss Sallow. Oh, and the fact that Kate, Michael, and Emma are the only children in the orphanage.

    Upon their first investigation of the house, the children find a book bound in green leather. Purely by accident, they stick a picture in the book and are transported back in time. It is here they meet the Countess, an evil witch in search of the book that the children themselves have found. When they try to get back to their time, Michael is left behind. The girls then return to find Michael, sending them on the adventure of a lifetime. The children seems to be on one adventure after another trying to right the wrongs of the past.

    When I first started this book, I was not sure if I would finish it. The Emerald Atlas contains characters reminiscent of Harry Potter's Albus Dumbledore and Rubius Hagrid, a story line about children entering another time (world) in order to save it as in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and a seemingly never-ending abundance of dismal situations a la A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was concerned that John Stephens would not find his own voice.

    I am glad I kept reading. While the aforementioned nods to other great children's literature do exist, Stephens begins to weave his own tale. The characters are ones for whom you can champion. I am a major fan of books that incorporate strong female characters, and Stephens does this twice with both Kate and Emma. He also manages to do so while keeping in consideration the fact that they are still children.

    As with any book, I rate it based on its repeat readability (yep, making up words now). Stephens gets a solid yes. Stephens' novel is great for young readers, rich in folklore and vivid imagery. I am looking forward to the next two books in this trilogy, even knowing I will have to wait quite some time (as Atlas is not slated for release until April 2011).


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    31 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Loved it

    The book is definitely a must read. Hard to put down

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    A World of Fun

    This is an entertaining story of magic and imagination. Very fast paced and full of interesting twists and surprises. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, you will be right at home with this book. It is the first book of a trilogy chronicling the adventures of three children, who one night are mysteriously abandoned by their parents. Although they never lose hope of seeing their parents again, ten years pass as they are shuffled from one orphanage to another. They finally land in Cambridge Falls in the care of Dr. Stanislaus Pym. The magic begins while the children, Kate, Michael, and Emma, are exploring the new orphanage. They find a secret room, which contains an emerald green book with blank pages. They place a photograph in the book and are inexplicably transported to the location and time that the photo was taken. Thus begins a nonstop adventure back and forth through time, vying with a sorceress and her evil minions, while trying to find out the truth about the children's parents.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    I love this book

    I am 11 years old and I love this book probably the best book i've read!!!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Best

    THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER MADE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!! IT SUCKED ME RIGHT IN!! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! IT IS A MUST READ!!



    ENJOY!!!

    :D

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    Tale of Twists and Turns

    Kate, Michael and Emma are orphaned, after a mysterious night when their parents send them away and disappear. Kate is the only one with any sort of memory of their life with their mother and father. As the children grow, they are bounced around through various orphanages, until landing at the strange house of Dr. Stanislaus Pym. While exploring one night, the three stumble upon an old book hidden deep within the basement. They quickly learn this book is very powerful. As the children set off on an adventure to discover more of the book, they will meet evil witches, angry dwarves, and the most terrifying creatures - Screechers!

    The Emerald Atlas was exactly what I expected it to be: a fun adventure, if not a little tedious at times. John Stephens' vision of the magical book is well-executed, though I personally wanted to do more traveling through it. Kate is by far the most interesting character, as she seems to be the one holding all of the powers. But Emma is also oh-so-adorable, and extremely courageous. Some characters are silly and overdone, but this is a good thing, especially in the mean old Miss Sallow. A few scenes are chuckle-out-loud funny, thanks in part to Stephens' exceptional dialog between the children. As an exciting tale with twists and danger at every turn, I think this new series will appeal more to fans of Fablehaven over those of Harry Potter.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    Couldn't put the Nook down!

    When I read the description of The Emerald Atlas, my first thought was "ummm, did this author miss the whole Harry Potter phenomenon?" Children whisked away from their parents in the middle of the night and hidden away in orphanages only to discover they are instrumental in saving humanity? Magical creatures and time travel? Hmmm, ok. But loving the genre as I do, I downloaded it anyway. Reading through the first chapter, my first impression served me well. Originality, anyone? But then something unexpected happened...as I read I found that I absolutely could not put it down and even ended up bringing my Nook into the bathtub (something I swore I'd never do!). For all that it's not the first of its type ever penned, it is very well written in terms of vivid dialogue between the characters and description of scenery. The characters, both human and unhuman, were genuine.

    A great read if you're ok with another of this genre! Was disappointed to see how new it was and that there's not a sequel waiting for me to read tonight!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

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    This book was marvelous. I would read it 100 times if i could. It was filled with tons of emotion. I cried and laughed. The characters felt so real, i can't even find the words to say how alive they felt. I literally felt as if i was in the book. After i had read it, i hoped there was a movie about it, so i looked up the name and put movie after it and turns out, there was! Although, i looked everywhere for the movie, stores and online buying sites. No luck. I couldn't even see it on t.v. because they never showed it when i was around! Anyway, i found out there was a series when i looked more in my book so, i checked on my Nook color and at Barnes and Noble¿, but i found out the next book wasn,t going to come out in about 6 months! Now im just waiting 4months. I can't wait to read the next books! I honestly didn't really think i was going to finish the book but still told my parents i was going to because it looked good and because i was confident i could finish it and i did! I RECOMEND THIS BOOK FOR YOU!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Best book ever!!!

    Hi i love this book!!so great!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    New Children/YA Classic: I highly recommend this one

    I remember coming across the ARC application for this book several months ago. The write-up billed this book series as the next Harry Potter. I winced. Was I sure I wanted to take this on? I hated Harry Potter, as heretical a statement that is these days. I imagined dry descriptions and tired dialogue. Somewhere during this, though, I filled out the application anyway.

    The series follows the adventures of Kate, Michael. At the start, a mysterious man comes to collect the children from their parents, a vague night only Kate has sporadic memories of. There's something special about these three and there's something evil out there who is dying to get its hands on them. With little to no memories of their parents but endless hope they will return, the children are shuffled around from bad orphanage to worse for most of their lives.

    They are then taken to a new orphanage of sorts, far away in a town no one seems to have heard of where all the children are missing. Through untold dangers and in the face of deadly enemies, the children must fulfil a prophecy and try to change history, as impossibly hard that seems.

    Stephens combines enchanting storytelling with engaging characters in The Emerald Atlas. The opening of the book was a bit contrived, the dialogue in particular was forced. It seemed as though Stephens was trying to be too much like the book's predecessors: Harry Potter, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Lemony Snicket, for example.

    Once I got past this, though, the whole thing took off like a rocket. I couldn't set the book down, finishing it in a little over a day. Stephens has a way with description, painting an elaborate picture without making it feel dry. And the characters were so real. Kate, Michael, and Emma struggle with their fears and weaknesses admirably and, honestly, in the way you would expect children their age to behave. They fight, they are siblings after all. And through this all, they grow. It's not a complete coming of age, but with more books in the series on the way, who knows what young adults these three will develop into.

    I would recommend this book to ages 8-80. And it's not like Harry Potter! Okay, it might be, but I'm rejecting the idea I could like something like Harry Potter. Go grab a copy. You won't regret it.

    (Legally, I have to say: I received this book as an advanced reader's copy from the publisher. This is not a paid review.)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book pulls you right in. I would highly reccomend it to readers young as well as old. The tension and adventure never end. I could go on and on and never stop but instead I will let you actually read the book instead of my tiresome old review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Great

    This book is tremendous. Combining fantasy with modern day adventure. A great read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Great

    Really good i cant wait till the next one comes out

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Good book

    A really good book so far! I recommend it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    Great book for young readers

    This is one of those books that sucks you in from the first paragraph. There is quite a bit of mystery to it that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story is centered around three orphans, Kate, Michael and Emma. Their parents gave them up for adoption at a very young age. You don't know why but you know that it's for their own good. The children grow up in several different orphanages over the years. I really liked the children's characters. They each have their own distinct personalities that add charm into this story. Kate is the eldest. She's a leader but she's still young with lots of insecurities. Michael is the middle child. He's bookish with a fascination for dwarfs that boarders on obsession. Emma is the youngest and the girl has gumption. I think she's my favorite of the three. Emma is a brave and tough cookie but at times you see her vulnerabilities come through. I love the dialog between the three children. Several times I laughed out loud because of it. John Stephens captured the art of sibling rivalry perfectly. The children are placed in a new orphanage where they are the only children. This is where the adventure begins. They are led through a time traveling journey full of magic and impossibilities. Along the way they find friendship and make enemies. They unlock secrets that have been forgotten and awaken mystical forces. The children find out that they are more important than they could ever imagine. I like how John Stephens slowly unravels the children's personalities. He shows you their strengths and weaknesses that help to form them. He pulls back their layers as the children are tested in all sorts of ways.
    I really like this book. The characters are great although some of the characters reminded me of others. For instance, Granny reminded my a little bit of Yoda and the secretary reminded me of Gollum from Lord of the Rings. It's not that they were exact copies but there was something about their characters that brought these others to mind. This did not take away from the story at all. This is the first book in the series and I can't wait to see what happens next. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Weird

    Crasy plot

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    It is a great book

    I like the book alot

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

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    I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOOOOO MUCH PLEASE READ IT ITS AMAZING!! WOW WOW WOW WO WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Person

    Awesome

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Didnt really make me want to keep reading

    I am a big book reader, but this one wasnt enjoyable for me. There was a great beggining but after 2 or 3 chapters it got less interesting. If you just want something for your kids, I would reccomend the middle school series by james patterson. I know he normally writes for adults but this series is directed towards kids. I would not get the emerald atlas i wasted some money on a nonenjoyable book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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