The Last Musketeer (The Last Musketeer Series #1)

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On the first day of a family trip to Paris, Greg Rich’s parents disappear. They’re not just missing from the city—they’re missing from the century. So Greg does what any other fourteen-year-old would do: He travels through time to rescue them.

Greg soon finds out that his family history is tied to the legendary Three Musketeers. But when he meets them, they’re kids his age, and they’ll only live long enough to become true heroes if he can save them. To rescue his parents, Greg ...

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Overview

On the first day of a family trip to Paris, Greg Rich’s parents disappear. They’re not just missing from the city—they’re missing from the century. So Greg does what any other fourteen-year-old would do: He travels through time to rescue them.

Greg soon finds out that his family history is tied to the legendary Three Musketeers. But when he meets them, they’re kids his age, and they’ll only live long enough to become true heroes if he can save them. To rescue his parents, Greg must assume the identity of a young Musketeer in training and unite Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan—but a powerful enemy is doing everything possible to stop him from succeeding.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Greg Rich’s family isn’t anymore—rich, that is. After squandering a fortune, the ninth-grader and his family travel to Paris to sell heirlooms despite Grandpa Gus’s warning that their treasures—including half a black crystal Mrs. Rich wears on a chain—must never return to France. Sure enough, an evil Louvre employee tries to wrench the necklace away, and in the tussle, the whole clan falls into a portrait in the museum’s throne room, landing in 1615, during the reign of Louis XIII. Greg’s parents are imprisoned, but he escapes and is befriended by Aramis, a cleric at Notre Dame. They recruit teenagers Porthos and Athos to rescue Greg’s parents. Gibbs (Belly Up) weaves quite a bit of French history into his action-packed tale. The skills Greg learned at his tony private school come in handy, and his ability to swim (unheard of!), rock-climb, and use Hollywood action film tricks impress the future musketeers. Gibbs’s screenwriting background is evident in the story’s cinematic plotting and prose, and the ending makes it clear that at least one sequel is in the works. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
ALA Booklist
“Gibbs’ playful, action-packed twist on the classic novel includes plenty of humor as Greg attempts to fit into medieval life. An entertaining premise and high adventure.”
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
Time travel is every young reader's dream. How about traveling to 17th century France and meeting the young three musketeers? In this middle reader, the main character, Greg Rich, by happenstance is embroiled in this mystery, adventure, and historical fiction journey. It all begins when his parents decide to sell some of their family heirlooms to Michel Dinocouer. On their arrival to the City of Light, both of Greg's parents disappear. Not only have they vanished but have traveled back in time. What steps will Greg undertake to become the hero and sleuth? What role do the young three musketeers play in Greg's genealogical line? Greg becomes the young musketeer D'Artagnan in this story. Young readers will be engrossed in unraveling how he becomes a time traveler, detective, and the hero in this time travel adventure. A sequel is already in print for this book. This read will not disappoint those looking for adventure. The book is an asset to any library collection. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Gibbs reimagines Alexandre Dumas's Three Musketeers with a liberal dose of fantasy. Fourteen-year-old Greg is in present-day Paris with his parents to sell family heirlooms to the Louvre. When his mother refuses to part with a cherished stone pendant, the manager grabs it and uses it to transport himself and Greg's unwilling family back to 1615 through a painting. The past proves dangerous as Greg's parents are quickly arrested and he becomes a fugitive. His plan to rescue his mom and dad requires the help of three new friends (yes, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis), who dub Greg "D'Artagnan." The four must defeat the evil Richelieu, who has a mysterious connection to the modern-day Louvre manager. Gibbs deftly packs an abundance of historical detail into a lively narrative that captures the swashbuckling spirit of Dumas's original. Full of jovial humor, narrow escapes, sorcery, and intrigue, the novel will likely generate interest in the classic. Greg is a well-defined hero: each challenge he faces helps him recognize his own abilities and find acceptance among the friends whom he admires. Although the characters' speech is often too contemporary, their accessible language and vocabulary make this novel a good choice for older reluctant readers. The cliff-hanger ending leaves all characters in the past, with the new Musketeers off on their next adventure, "sheathing their swords and running for their horses." Readers will want to join them.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews

From the gripping first sentence—"Clinging to the prison wall, Greg Rich realized how much he hated time travel"—the excitement never flags in this newly imagined Musketeer adventure.

Greg is none too pleased to be in Paris with his folks as they sell off family heirlooms. Among their belongings is a magical crystal that, when nabbed by a villainous thief, whisks them into the distant past. Suddenly in 17th-century Paris, Greg's parents are imprisoned in the La Mort Triste and sentenced to die. Greg has only a few days to save them. He elicits the help of three teenage boys: Aramis, Porthos and Athos, each keen for the adventure. As the boys wend their way through the fetid streets of medieval Paris with the king's guards always on their heels, they endure death-defying battles and swordfights on horseback, chandeliers and ledges. With the past and the present entwining in dizzying tangles of who's who and what's what, Gibbs weaves in historical facts about Paris as well as atmospheric tidbits about rats, bed bugs and the lack of toilets and pockets in pants. Greg, now referred to as D'Artagnon, eventually deduces his role in this group, but it's going to take more than wishful thinking to get him and his parents back home—or is Paris home?

Using Alexandre Dumas' stories as a jumping-off point, Gibbs mixes fact, fantasy and thrills to create a galloping swashbuckler. (Adventure. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062048387
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Last Musketeer Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 998,651
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Gibbs lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children, Dashiell and Violet. He is the author of The Last Musketeer and The Last Musketeer: Traitor's Chase, the first two books in this exciting series. Gibbs is also a screenwriter and the author of the young adult novel Belly Up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Super

    This book was so super because it had alot of detail and the pictures were really good. You should read this book it is awsome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Great adventure for young readers, great twist on Musketeers legend

    Gibbs takes the story of the Three Musketeers and puts a modern twist on it that makes it great for young readers. Without spoiling the plot - a teenager from modern times winds up back in 1615 France, where he meets the teenage Three Musketeers. It made the legend of the Musketeers feel hip and fresh, but still had the mystique of the old legend. The book was clearly well researched, it really displayed old France as it would have been at the time, and showed what a modern kid would think about all the differences in living in those times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Awesomely epic book

    This book is sooooooooo on my top ten list! And the second and third are even better! Go Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and Greg!!
    (D'artagn)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    oh just the BESTbook i ever had

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    ;)

    Epic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Realy goood

    Realy good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    I loved it

    I would give it 100 stars i could
    It is a great action adventure series i highly recommend to read the second book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    I really would put 100 stars if I could.

    Awesomest book ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

    TOATLY AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Thre e Three musketers is the best book i Best book ever

    Great book even in the middle and begining

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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