Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities

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by Shannon Messenger
     
 

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In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her

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In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A delightful and dangerous adventure with complex characters and relationships you'll root for to the end of time.”

—Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNWANTEDS

"Keeper of the Lost Cities is a little bit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a little bit Lord of the Rings, and a little bit Harry Potter. And it's all fun!"

New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley

Kirkus Reviews
A San Diego preteen learns that she's an elf, with a place in magic school if she moves to the elves' hidden realm. Having felt like an outsider since a knock on the head at age 5 left her able to read minds, Sophie is thrilled when hunky teen stranger Fitz convinces her that she's not human at all and transports her to the land of Lumenaria, where the ageless elves live. Taken in by a loving couple who run a sanctuary for extinct and mythical animals, Sophie quickly gathers friends and rivals at Foxfire, a distinctly Hogwarts-style school. She also uncovers both clues to her mysterious origins and hints that a rash of strangely hard-to-quench wildfires back on Earth are signs of some dark scheme at work. Though Messenger introduces several characters with inner conflicts and ambiguous agendas, Sophie herself is more simply drawn as a smart, radiant newcomer who unwillingly becomes the center of attention while developing what turn out to be uncommonly powerful magical abilities--reminiscent of the younger Harry Potter, though lacking that streak of mischievousness that rescues Harry from seeming a little too perfect. The author puts her through a kidnapping and several close brushes with death before leaving her poised, amid hints of a higher destiny and still-anonymous enemies, for sequels. Wholesome shading to bland, but well-stocked with exotic creatures and locales, plus an agreeable cast headed by a child who, while overly fond of screaming, rises to every challenge. (Fantasy. 10-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This debut novel is a powerful and appealing package of skillful world-building, fantasy, suspense, mystery, and middle-school relationships. Sophie Foster, a friendless 12-year-old high school senior with a photographic memory, is plagued by the hubbub of other people's thoughts in her brain. She has always known that she is different, but her life changes profoundly when she learns that she is an elf with telepathic and other magical abilities. She is transported away from her human family forever to the elvin world, where the Lost Cities (Atlantis, Shangri-la, etc.) exist and extinct animals are thriving. As Sophie starts at her new school, her concerns about friendships, midterms, crushes, and grades in subjects such as "the Universe," "elementalism," and "alchemy" will hook readers. While navigating her new life, Sophie must solve two mysteries: First, who is setting all those magical-seeming fires in the human world? And second, who could be leaving items in her locker that repeatedly put her in serious danger? The more she learns, the more her memories return, uncovering secrets about her past. The suspenseful climax leads to a satisfying resolution, although Messenger leaves just enough threads hanging for a possible sequel. A slew of interesting and well-drawn characters, careful plotting, and just plain good storytelling will have readers racing through the pages.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442445932
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series, #1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
131,930
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.56(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
“A delightful and dangerous adventure with complex characters and relationships you'll root for to the end of time.”

—Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNWANTEDS

"Keeper of the Lost Cities is a little bit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a little bit Lord of the Rings, and a little bit Harry Potter. And it's all fun!"

New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley

Meet the Author

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the Sky Fall series for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Sophie who doesn't belong in the human world.One day a mysterious boy named Fitz tells Sophie who she really is and where she does belong.Although Sophie is new she makes many friends and even becomes popular but she still has trouble on certain things that could change her future and a mysterious secret that people want to know.BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantasy in line with Harry Potter and Gregor the Overlander with 12 year old girl as main character, instead of usual boy. My junior high daughters loved it, so I had to read it and found it a fun adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you have any doubts about getting this book. Dont hesitate! its soooooooooooo AWESOME! i mean its like shes a 12 year old girl thats completely lost and hopeless then this extremely cute boy finds her and kinda shows her who she is. If you liked Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, any 12 year old girl will totally love this book. :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that should make anyone who has read it proud to have entered this amazing fictional realm. I can think of no fiction books to compare to this amazing read. I strongly recommend this book to lovers of harry potter, septimus heap, and other such books. No book deserves a place on peoples shelf more than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
deffinatly a must read. it was more and way better than i thought it would be. the characters are great and the descriptions are so vived i could actually picture the scenes. the whole story line was just amazing and totally worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read harry potter setimus heap and percy jackson but this is high up on my favorites. Im in middle school and this book is awesome, hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom order it a while ago in hardcover and I didn't find out about it until I found it a few weeks ago. I spent an entire weekend reading it, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for number 2 to come out in October, deffenitly am excited!!!!!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would DEFINITLY read the sequel(when it comes out)
YATeen More than 1 year ago
LOVE!!!!
SilverbookGirl More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book a few months ago and am kicking my self for A) not reading it sooner and B) not getting the review up until now. I don't read too much middle grade and I really need to because there are some great things happening in that corner of the bookstore that I just cannot ignore. When I do read MG I tend to lean towards Fantasy, and so when I heard about Keeper of the Lost Cities I was in. And boy am I glad I picked it up!! I fell in love with both the plot and the characters. Sophie is a great main character, she is both strong but she has just enough insecurity to be relatable. She also reacts to things in a similar way that I would think I would. Even though she is a lot stronger than I would be in her situation. All the secondary characters help bring this world to life. The world that Shannon Messenger has created is so original and beautiful, if I could visit I totally would. And I hate to say this but the whole book had a very Harry Potter vibe. It is completely different but the magic was there like when I read Harry Potter. This is a long book but younger readers should not be afraid because it just flies by, and by the end I was clamoring for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait to read the next ones. I enjoyed this book a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent finished the book yet but already it is an incredible story. Cant wait to read the rest of them. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It beats almost all the kinds of books i like to read! Its a combination of of giants and ice and the pecular! And that is a good combination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shannon Messenger, is, quite simply, a genius. Her world is well thought through and carefully crafted. The characters are very well developed, and the plot is immaculate. All this with high-rising action, a mystery that will leave you gasping for more, and just the right amount of swoon, Shannon Messenger brings one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!! It is awsome. Sort of like Harry Potter but still awsome. There should be a team Biana
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shanon Messenger wowed me with this book. It was very creative, and even belivable. It was funny,and I the second book was also quite good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing book. The beginning starts off kinda slow, but the action cayches up in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for fans of fantasy! This book is really good and I highly recommend it. For those who read it: there is a sequel to it and is also very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read the summury, i got hooked and i wanted to know what creature Sophie is. And then once i finsh the the fist book, i found out that there was a second book out, i read that one too. Way to go Shannon. P.S rember when you went to Pilgrim Park Middle School, i was one of the 6th graders amd i got a picture of pink iggy and he was so cute. I love your books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read that you will definitely like if you love to read fantasy and adventure, mixed in with a little reality. This book has lots of stuff any body that is a fan of the following series: Percy Jakson (all series conected to Rick Riordan), Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and any series coherent to one of these topics. Many people will feel sad points in this book and might cry, I did it myself. This is a book that inflicts lots of points of sorrow and lots of adventure. This could be the next Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, who knows, it might have its own lego sets, and/or movies. I am truly exited for the book, and if there are going to be books after that, I will make sure to get them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids loved it.  Read the entire book and asked for the next book because this one didn't end....lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is my favorite book and that is a big honor considering all the books i have read. People who love harry potter,divergent,and lord of rings will love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:/) awsomest book ever I totally recomened it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When does the second book come out? I read this amazing book LAST YEAR and still no second :(
girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
I would love to blame Tina for the fact I'm reviewing a "middle school" book, but Tina isn't at fault. The author of this book is. That's right, I'm blaming the author Shannon Messenger. It's okay, I can, I'm friends with the author. Friends in the sense I bother her via email and twitter. But that won't skew the review. I recently became friends with Messenger via snark, Saved by the Bell, and mocking of each other. I've read her blog for awhile now and quietly kept to myself, one day I wasn't quiet anymore, commented and we quickly bantered back and forth and amazingly I haven't scared her yet! (YAY!) It's probably for the best Shannon doesn't live closer to me because we would eat all the In-N-Out Cheeseburgers and she would get no work done. But as awesome as Messenger is, her book is even more awesome. Really, it is possible. Almost every email to Tina during the period of me reading this book involves me yelling at Tina "YOU NEED TO READ KEEPER NOW." The book is about a girl named Sophie, who's 12 and in high school. Right?! I didn't enjoy high school when I had to go through it I can't picture having to go through it at the age of 12. But Sophie has a secret, Sophie is a Telepath. Has been since the age of 5 and no one knows. However one day a boy name Fitz appears and tells her that she isn't alone. That he, too, can read minds, but he isn't from here. He's from another world, a world that knows nothing about where she's from. An ATM? An iPod? They know nothing about this technology. It is an amazing world that Messenger built because it is nothing like the United States in 2012. She had to create a whole new world, that is similar to the world we live in and yet nothing like it at all, all at the same time. Also, Messenger's world building? Amazing. She thought of everything, down to the smallest detail which is much appreciated as a reader. Once in the "new world," Sophie is taken in by a family made up of Grady and Edaline, who have their own background issues, that get explained Messenger makes them, and family such an important part of this story to the point I may have shed a tear or two (okay many) various times in the story because I wanted to reach in and grab certain characters and tell them it would be okay, even though, to be honest, I had no idea myself if everyone would be okay. I only hoped. Sophie is also extremely realistic. She has a stuffed blue elephant, who she can't live without and is one of the few things she takes from her current life before going to her new life. She freaks out, she doesn't fit in, she's an extremely realistic 12 year old girl. And then there are the boys in her life. The first boy in her life is Fitz. He's literally the first boy in her new life, he is a fellow telepath who's parents help her become accustomed to her new world. Then there is Dex, who ends up being her BFF, he hates Fitz with a passion and doesn't trust him, but trusts Sophie. Last there is the `bad' boy, Keefe. Oh Keefe, he's snarky, sarcastic, and he ditches class but he really likes Sophie and enjoys mocking Sophie. This is probably one of the reasons I relate to Keefe. I'm not saying that I ditched class, I didn't. I was the annoying one who was on time and never missed a day (yes, I hate me, too.) But the snark and the mocking? That's all me. My one friend jokes that if I'm nice to you, you should watch out, I love by being mean. Which is why I relate to Keefe and the snark. And yes, there is already Team Dex, Team Keefe, and Team Fitz, shockingly I am Team Sophie. Yes, Team Sophie! Girl power! Sophie isn't a weakling. She handles the fact that her world is legitimately turned upside down quite well. If I was taken away from the only family I ever knew, I'd lose it. And while Sophie did lose it, she had an amazing path to self-discovery throughout this whole book. I finished this book and wanted to re-read it right away. Lately that rarely happens to me and a book. This book ends on a perfect note and yet leaves me wanting more. Thankfully this is going to be a trilogy. And, Messenger has another series coming out next year! I'd throw confetti in the air if that would be responsible, and I wouldn't have to clean it up.