The Last Phoenix

The Last Phoenix

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by Linda Chapman, Steve Cole
     
 

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She's no ordinary bird. . . .

For stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess, life has never been trickier. Milly's worried about her singing audition, Michael's losing his friends, Jason's never going to get picked for any sports teams, and as Jess's exams loom closer, she can't seem to remember anything. But then Fenella, the only living phoenix in the

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She's no ordinary bird. . . .

For stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess, life has never been trickier. Milly's worried about her singing audition, Michael's losing his friends, Jason's never going to get picked for any sports teams, and as Jess's exams loom closer, she can't seem to remember anything. But then Fenella, the only living phoenix in the world, swoops into their lives looking for help—and their problems really begin!

Fenella has laid a magical egg, but if she wants it to hatch she needs four very special ingredients, scattered throughout time to the far corners of the world. So the children embark on a hair-raising hunt across the world, through the past, present, and future. And with a crazed phoenix-worshipping cult on their tail, a grumpy gryphon to soothe, and time paradoxes to avoid, Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess will need all their wits and bravery if they hope to succeed.

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“An entertaining adventure.”
Georgia Byng
Praise for Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps:“Gripping and fun—a pleasure to read.”
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
From a mixed-up batch of step- and full siblings, our young heroes, Michael, Jess, Milly, and Jason return from a previous adventure with a bookworm genie called Skribble where they first learn about real magic. Now their next adventure will expose them to the dangers of taking magic and applying it to everyday life where too much of a good thing can turn bad. This young family of champions finds a random map that leads them down a path of danger and intrigue. At first the map seems confusing until they realize that magic has been incorporated into it. Then they recognize their own part in the discovery of the most sought-out and treasured creature in the world—the last phoenix. They must help the phoenix called Fenella save her egg by traveling through time while solving puzzles, using wits to outsmart villains, and befriending odd creatures. These exploits leave the children in real life situations where they have to search deep within themselves to decide to give into magical temptation or appreciate their true selves. One of our heroes saves the day by realizing the wisdom of accepting himself and his friends with all their flaws and imperfections. The authors create a lovable and fun bunch of heroes that take the preachy voice out of learning right from wrong. They feel real and each one has a unique voice. The use of time travel helps the plot keep moving, but it does not take away from the simple story line of a typical super hero tale. Even though the book is not part of a series, reading Chapman and Cole's Be a Genie in Seven Easy Steps will help the reader have a fuller background into understanding the characters. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this sequel to Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (HarperCollins, 2009) stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess meet up with Fenella, a phoenix with a problem. She needs help to gather the sacred ingredients that will help her hatch her baby, an event that has never before been possible. The children are given magical feathers to travel through time and are tempted to use the powers of the sacred ingredients to solve their own personal problems. They soon find out that there are no shortcuts to overcoming troubles and that it takes courage and determination to face the obstacles that get in the way of success. Children who grew up loving Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" series (Random) will enjoy this lively romp into the world of the mystical and magical. The story moves quickly, and the characters come with their own peculiarities, strengths, and weaknesses that endear them to readers. Though the book contains undisguised lessons in making good choices, the negative toll of lies, and the consequences of self-promotion, they do not detract from the adventure. The happily-ever-after ending is a satisfying conclusion to the trials and tribulations suffered by the children in their efforts to do the right thing and help a friend in need.—Debra Banna, Sharon Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Stepsiblings Michael, Milly, Jason and Jess, from Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (2009), embark on another magical encounter, this time to help a sassy phoenix named Fenella who is nearing the end of her life cycle. The children must travel through time and space to collect the four magical ingredients she needs to hatch her egg. They gladly take on the challenge, encountering and too easily overcoming an assortment of obstacles on each mission. Predictably, when the children try to use some of the magic for their own gains, they discover that this only causes more trouble and that they're better off relying on their wits and each other. When a kindly old neighbor is not what he seems, the children also learn just how far apart appearance and reality can sometimes be. Not especially deep or literary and more than a little didactic, but this one might satisfy some fantasy-lovers looking for some quick, light summer fare. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062011084
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
983,035
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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