The Eye of the Forest (Children of the Lamp Series #5)

The Eye of the Forest (Children of the Lamp Series #5)

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by P. B. Kerr
     
 

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In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them.

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In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back.

In a fury, he's headed to an ancient Incan Empire where he believes he can regain his strength. Dybbuk will stop at nothing . . . even if it means destroying the rain forest, opening a cursed portal, and disturbing the enchanted kingdom of the Incas that has slept for thousands of years. Can the twins stop their friend before he destroys everything?

Praise for the Children of the Lamp series:

"Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme in his first novel for children. . . ." -BOOKLIST

"A breakneck paced, Indiana Jones-style adventure. . . . Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun, making this the first in a series worth watching." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

". . . the humor is just right, the captivating world of the djinn is faultlessly depicted and expanded, and Kerr balances the resolution with enough uncertainties to draw readers back for the next installment. This work is likely to win new fans as well as please those who enjoyed the previous book." -VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

"Kerr brings a wealth of invention and a solid grounding of research into djinn legends to his creation, giving the story and its deftly varied episodes a rich texture. . . . Capable writing and a well-shaped plot will reward fans returning to this series." -THE HORN BOOK

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Kerr's action-packed fifth entry in the Children of the Lamp series hurtles twins John and Philippa Gaunt into a typical assortment of adventures and tribulations - typical for teenagers whose Djinn ancestry confers on them the ability to grant wishes and perform other supernatural feats. This time, nothing less than the fate of the world rests in the hands of the twins and their familiar coterie of companions. An ancient Incan artifact, deep in the heart of the Amazonian jungle, might unleash a terrible power if the Gaunts, accompanied by their Uncle Nimrod and assorted Djinn and human companions, cannot manage to stop it. As their journey unfolds with misadventures and magical attacks, they realize they have enemies working against them - perhaps even amongst their own companions. This entry in Kerr's series is particularly strong. Although some of the previous adventures occasionally suffered from too much detail or too many plots, the story here stays on track as the heroes battle every obstacle in their paths. Kerr's characters remain mostly caricature, and readers looking for development will remain unsatisfied. In their fifth adventure, John and Philippa are more adept at using their Djinn abilities but are essentially the same youth that readers met and admired in the first book. Those looking for a rollicking adventure with plenty of laughs as well as danger, however, will be glad that these Djinn are once again out of their bottles. Reviewer: Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
The fifth book in the "Children of the Lamp" series follows the continued adventures of djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt. Being djinn gives them a rather unusual life—like being asked to help save the world. Together with their Uncle Nimrod, his English bodyguard, and another djinn girl named Zadie, the twins are off to South America and the heart of the Amazon jungle to stop a destructive power from being unleashed. Yet their trip is fraught with giant insects, poison frogs, and headhunters slowing them down. That is, until they realize just who they are up against—an old friend and a new nemesis. What could have been an thrilling adventure story is slowed by a lot of unnecessary exposition and definitions. While the overall plot is interesting and has the potential to be exciting, too often the events come to a complete stop as the characters discuss what they would do next. While fans of the series might overlook this in order to spend more time with their favorite characters, those new to the series might want to start back at the beginning before tackling this title. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439932158
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Children of the Lamp Series, #5
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
251,183
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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