The Emerald Curse

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Charles Kelly was the world's greatest comic book artist until he disappeared without a trace. Two years later, his grandson Sam discovers a mysterious pen in Kelly's attic studio. Sam is soon propelled into a deadly dimension, where super villains are all powerful and disturbingly real, and into a confrontation with an evil entity imprisoned inside a mystical gemstone since the dawn of time.
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Charles Kelly was the world's greatest comic book artist until he disappeared without a trace. Two years later, his grandson Sam discovers a mysterious pen in Kelly's attic studio. Sam is soon propelled into a deadly dimension, where super villains are all powerful and disturbingly real, and into a confrontation with an evil entity imprisoned inside a mystical gemstone since the dawn of time.
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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I have not had the pleasure of reading other books by Simon Rose and it has definitely been my loss. I was immediately hooked into the story and was held captive by the characters, plot, and wonderful energy felt throughout the book. Wow! Charles Kelly wanted to be a famous comic-book illustrator, but try as he might, he just couldn't draw. While at a swap meet, he came across a pen that had a beautiful gemstone. The dealer told him about the history of the pen and said that it had brought great fame to a book illustrator in Victoria London. Charles bought the pen, but did not believe the tale about the powers of the stone. Soon, a person by the name of Karakor entered his thoughts and made a proposition to Charles. If he promised to write a book where evil wins over good, then he would be granted the artistic ability to guarantee success. Charles agreed because he couldn't see the harm in such a request. The promise came true and Charles became wealthy and famous. When Karakor returned and asked Charles to keep his side of the original bargain, he refuses. Reading the book is the only way to find out what happens next. This book is a great way to introduce a child to the genre of fantasy. Even though the main characters are male, girls will also enjoy it. The illustrations were terrific and I wish more had been included throughout the story. I highly recommend this book and am sure that whoever reads it will want to read the other books written by this author.
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Gr 3–5
Sam's grandfather, one of the foremost comic-book creators in the world, has disappeared. When Sam finds a strange pen in his grandfather's office, he discovers that the man has been sucked into the comic-book world he created, and only his grandson can rescue him. But that place isn't like the one Sam has read about; evil Baron Midnight is now in control and all the superheroes have been banished. Not only must Sam save his grandfather, but he must also restore the superheroes to a position of power in order to save the world. Rose describes the action with a detachment that never draws readers into the story. Nugent's illustrations are framed like comic panels, but lack the bold lines that fans of the genre would expect to find. Though Sam uses his grandfather's comic creations to outsmart the bad guys, readers never get a sense of him as a person. Emerald Curse carries none of the pacing and excitement that drive superhero tales. Stick with Brian K. Vaughan's "Runaways" series (Marvel).
—Alana AbbottCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896580906
  • Publisher: Tradewind Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 115
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Nugent is a nationally recognized and award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her first book, Mister Got To Go, is now considered a Canadian classic. All of her books have been on the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice lists. She has acted as judge for literary prizes and is a much-requested presenter at schools and libraries. Cynthia lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her Yorkshire terrier Emma. More information is available at www.cynthianugent.com.

Simon Rose was born in Derbyshire, England and now lives in Calgary, Alberta with his two children, dog and cat. He graduated from university with a degree in history and has lived in Canada since 1990. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature of West Redding, CT.

Simon is long time fan and avid reader of science fiction, comic books, history, fantasy and ancient mysteries. His first novel for young readers, The Alchemist's Portrait, an exciting time travel adventure, was published in 2003 and The Sorcerers Letterbox, another journey into history, this time to medieval England, followed in 2004. A third novel, The Clone Conspiracy, a science fiction thriller featuring secret experiments and evil scientists, was published in June 2005 and The Emerald Curse, set in the surrealistic world of comic books, appeared in July 2006. The Sorcerer's Letterbox was shortlisted for the Silver Birch, Diamond Willow and Golden Eagle Book Awards in Canada in 2005 and all four novels continue to gather great reviews.

Simon also offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools and libraries. Full details can be found at his website, www.simon-rose.com, along with book descriptions, author profiles, interviews, sound files of readings, book reviews, teacher and reader comments, services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, and more.

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