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Killmaiden's Compendium of Uncommon Occurrences has deployed Explorers on expeditions to uncover the beauty and dark mysteries of the Wide World for over 500 years. Twelve-year old Scout, Alexander Drake, has gone on many missions for the Compendium, but none as important as this one. He's going to find his father if he has to cross the Wide World to do it. He's taking his younger sister, their governess and an unexpected stowaway on his...
Killmaiden's Compendium of Uncommon Occurrences has deployed Explorers on expeditions to uncover the beauty and dark mysteries of the Wide World for over 500 years. Twelve-year old Scout, Alexander Drake, has gone on many missions for the Compendium, but none as important as this one. He's going to find his father if he has to cross the Wide World to do it. He's taking his younger sister, their governess and an unexpected stowaway on his desperate assignment. Their journey will be one of the Compendium's greatest stories, if only they can return to tell it.
Posted January 19, 2013
This book is an uncommon YA adventure. It takes us on the most important mission any contributors to Killmaiden's Compendium have ever experienced. The very future of the whole Wide World is at stake! This world resembles the one we live in but the map in the front of the book shows different countries occupying the familiar continents. Referring back to the map as the book is read and enjoying the discovery of the unique flora and fauna of this world add to the fun! Can a YA adventure without magic, superheroes or futuristic weapons keep the reader riveted? This book answers the question with a resounding YES. By the way, 4 out of 5 of the book's protagonists are children. There is no upper age limit to this YA adventure.
I am obligated to state that I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway
Posted January 10, 2013
Shapiro has created an incredibly vivid world; an alternative universe similar to our own, filled with astonishing twists and turns and just the right amount of magic and the unexplainable. His descriptions of locale are illuminating, his pace energizing, and his characters eminently likable. His is a world in which the heroes--all children--behave like the brave, loyal, kindhearted, moral people we all wish we could be. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults alike and hope it develops into a series. Can't wait to see where the characters go next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2013
Killmaiden’s Compendium of Uncommon Occurences is a highly enjoyable and fast-paced read. Shapiro’s characters have personalities with depth so that each of them is positively loveable. It is easy to pass the book on to youths without any concerns…and I am looking forward to any sequels myself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2013
Shapiro creates a Wide World that feels familiar, but yet holds its own unique qualities. Alex's curiosity and sense of adventure, along with his father's guidance, make him a natural future Explorer for Lord Killmaiden. But when his father disappears Alex and his companions push their youthful skills, friendship and ability to face extreme adversity to the ultimate test. This is a wonderfully written adventure, with vibrant unique characters.
Don't miss out on this wonderful new series!
Posted January 4, 2013
I was blown away by how engaging and provocative this book is. Although it is reminiscent (in the best possible ways) of many gems for middle-grade and older children, from the Narnia classics to Harry Potter, there is so much more in it that will appeal to adults as well, who will appreciate the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between its world and our own, and who might even want to speculate on what might have led to those differences in this "alternative reality." I was impressed by how well the author crafted a book with such universal appeal--perfect for boys, girls, teenagers, and adults. And I can't wait for the sequel to learn of our foursome's further adventures!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2013
Alex Drake is a scout, hoping to become an explorer someday and follow the great tradition of explorers. He’s already famous because he is the youngest scout to have an entry published in Killmaiden’s Compendium of Uncommon Occurrences. But when Alex’s father leaves on a top-secret mission and is gone for over two months, Alex knows something is wrong. He must follow his father on his mission, not knowing where he is going or what he is searching for, trusting his fate to his wits and the help of those he finds along the way.
I loved this book. It’s a great adventure story, set in a world that’s similar enough to Earth so that it is easy to follow along but different enough to seem fantastical. If I hadn’t had to stop to sleep in the middle, I’d have finished this book in one day. The story is great, the characters are believable, and the ending, even if it isn’t surprising, is quite satisfying. I sincerely hope that a second book follows.
I would recommend this book to tweens and teens, especially those who have enjoyed adventure books like the Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, or Fablehaven series. The Compendium would make a great read-aloud book for a classroom or a “next read” for the student who has read everything else. This one is definitely worth adding to a library’s or classroom’s collection.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads program for the purposes of review.
Posted December 19, 2012
This book was given to me as an early Christmas gift and I started reading it later that night. I was hooked on this book! It's a fantastic adventure story, with lots of action but also compelling characters. You must read this book!!! If you love books like Harry Potter and other adventure stories you will love this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.