The Lighthouse Land (The Lighthouse Trilogy Series #1)

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The start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero

In the first book of this series from acclaimed crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, Jamie O'Neill and his mother set out for a new home on an island off the coast of Ireland, a windswept place inherited from a long-lost relative. It's a chance to start again after the cancer that took one of Jamie's arms. But Muck Island is no sanctuary. Many strange surprises await the O'Neills ...
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Overview

The start of an epic sci-fi trilogy with an unforgettable hero

In the first book of this series from acclaimed crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, Jamie O'Neill and his mother set out for a new home on an island off the coast of Ireland, a windswept place inherited from a long-lost relative. It's a chance to start again after the cancer that took one of Jamie's arms. But Muck Island is no sanctuary. Many strange surprises await the O'Neills there, the strangest being the one locked in the top of its ancient lighthouse. Discovering it will send Jamie on an interstellar mission that could change the course of his life, and the universe, forever.

Praise for The Lighthouse Land

"McKinty, previously known for adult crime novels, brings an attuned ear for dialogue and a taut pacing to his first YA outing, the launch title in the Lighthouse Trilogy." —Publishers Weekly

"This thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader." —Children's Literature

"Few readers will be able to resist . . . teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy." —VOYA
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McKinty, previously known for adult crime novels, brings an attuned ear for dialogue and a taut pacing to his first YA outing, the launch title in the Lighthouse Trilogy. Thirteen-year-old Jamie O'Neill lost his arm in cancer surgery a year ago, and has not spoken a word since. During that time, his father also left the family to marry again and settle in Seattle. Jamie's life of near-poverty with his single mother changes dramatically with the arrival of a letter, informing his mother that she has inherited a lighthouse estate in Ireland, and the 10-acre island on which it rests. By the second chapter, Jamie and his mother are living in their new home, and have learned that Jamie will become a laird (or lord) on his 18th birthday. In a hidden chamber within the lighthouse, Jamie discovers a strange device that teleports him and his new friend Ramsay to Aldan, a city "ninety-six light-years" away. There a girl named Wishaway informs him he is the prophesied savior come to rescue her people from the invading iceships of Alkhava. But the attack is already underway, and the residents of Aldan are taken captive to be sold as slaves. Jamie leads a resourceful counterattack, and while the action will keep the pages turning, it is the dialogue between Jamie and Ramsay, replete with pop-culture references, that makes this such an enjoyable trip. An intelligent, open-ended mythology allows for additions to the series, but this volume solidly stands on its own. Ages 11-15. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Donna Scanlon
Adrian McKinty, already well known for his crime novels, enters the realm of YA science fiction with this unusual and original novel, the first in a projected trilogy. 13-year-old Jamie O'Neill, a bone cancer survivor, has been mute since his left arm was amputated at the elbow. He and his mother Anna are happy to leave behind their Harlem apartment when Anna inherits a small island off Northern Ireland. The island has a house and the ruins of a lighthouse. When Jamie and his new friend Ramsay explore it, the boys find that it is a portal to Aldan, a land on a planet across the universe accessed by a mysterious device the boys find in a sealed-off room. Waiting for Jamie is Wishaway, a girl his age, whose task is to wait for the O'Neills, or Ui Neills, Jamie's ancestors who had visited the planet and rescued its people centuries before. Jamie and Ramsay help them as well as they can through a combination of quick thinking and luck. Jamie is tempted to stay, because on this planet his arm is restored and he can speak. But a crisis propels him irrevocably back to Northern Ireland where he makes some life-changing decisions. Overall, the story is well constructed and compelling. Jamie is a sympathetic and thoughtful character who refuses to sink to the level of the attackers; he insists that survivors be treated humanely. He is able to apply his experiences in Aldan to his life on Earth and come to terms with his illness, recovery and the results of both. This excursion combining SF and some elements of fantasy is fresh and unique, and it will find a broad audience.
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
Few readers will be able to resist Jamie O'Neill's story and not just out of sympathy. Although Jamie is a cancer survivor, has lost his left arm, and refuses to speak because of the tragedy that he has endured, he is also much more. In Ireland, he is considered a lord. Jamie's mother recently received a telegram, informing her that she has inherited Lighthouse House, the ten-acre island on which the house stands, a causeway linking the island and the mainland, and ten thousand pounds per annum. Jamie and his mother move from the United States to claim their riches, remembering to stay indoors during high tide lest they tempt fate. Jamie meets Ramsay, who befriends him, partly in an attempt to learn more about the Lighthouse House. The boys hang out often, and because of Ramsay's superior math skills and awkward shape of the Lighthouse, figure out that there is a hidden room. Once inside, they find an object made of gold that is shaped like a salmon. The lighted button on the salmon takes them through time. Jamie and Ramsay find themselves in the middle of a war, where they meet a girl named Wishaway who shows them the invading ships of Alkhavan coming to destroy her town of Aldan. Teens will enjoy this first book in a planned trilogy, for its intriguing story, warmth of the characters-especially Thaddeus, Jamie's friend in the U.S. — and pop culture references.
Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
When it comes to heroes, 13-year-old Jamie O'Neill is a highly improbable choice. A year earlier, he not only lost his arm to cancer, but his voice as well, choosing to remain silent. Although his loving mother struggles to pay the bills and Jamie struggles to cope with the devastating loss of his limb, they are barely surviving. Then, out of the blue, they inherit a house and a lighthouse on a remote island in Ireland. Thrilled at this new beginning, they leave immediately. Shortly after their arrival, Jamie is befriended by Ramsay, a strong, likeable classmate who excels in math and science. While exploring the lighthouse, the boys discover a secret room containing a strange-looking device which teleports them to a planet 96 light-years away. Their arrival, while shocking to them, signifies the final hope for a girl named Wishaway and her people to save their city from invading warriors. Compounding this astonishing predicament is the equally amazing return of Jamie's amputated arm, which leads him to speak once again. Agreeing to risk their own lives to help, Jamie and Ramsay find the resourcefulness and determination to fight alongside Wishaway and her fellow citizens against tremendous odds. When their efforts come to fruition, Jamie insists on showing mercy to the would-be destroyers: "We came.to save your city, not kill all of your enemies." The first in a trilogy, this thought-provoking sci-fi adventure offers universal appeal, excitement, and a one-of-a-kind hero whose courage and compassion will inspire any reader.
School Library Journal

Gr 6–9
Thirteen-year-old Jamie O'Neill and his mother leave New York City's Harlem for an island off the coast of Ireland, where Jamie discovers that he's a lord, a descendant of the Irish Kings. Despite his muteness after losing his left arm to bone cancer, he befriends talkative, clever Ramsay. While exploring a 1000-year-old lighthouse, the boys find an ancient gold object that lets them travel to an alien planet light-years away. On Altair, a pointed-eared, eight-fingered girl named Wishaway is awaiting the return of Lord Ui Neill, whom she believes will save her world from invaders from the Alkhavans, who travel in iceships and enslave the people they conquer. Jamie finds that on Altair he still has his arm and can speak. The planet is technologically stuck in 1607 due to a scarcity of natural resources, so Jamie and Ramsay use their knowledge of chemistry to show the citizens how to make "Greek Fire" (sulfur, quicklime, and petroleum) to burn their enemies' iceships. Before they can begin to fight, everyone on the planet starts getting ill. Will they find a cure and can they defeat the Alkhavans? This science-fiction adventure story has an interesting setting. However, the plot lacks a sense of real conflict, the ending is resolved too neatly, and all but the main characters lack depth.
—Sharon RawlinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In this fantasy-like space-travel trilogy opener, a grieving boy finds his strength in a distant land. Mute since he lost his arm to cancer a year before, Jamie lives with his mother in a Harlem slum. An inheritance from a forgotten relative brings them to a new home on an Irish island, where Jamie hopes to start fresh. Along with new friend Ramsay, Jamie discovers a strange device hidden in an old lighthouse: the Salmon of Knowledge, which carries the boys to the planet Altair. Here, Jamie is not a mute, one-armed child but a hero, the Ui Neill, a descendent of those who saved this world in the distant past. Ramsay and Jamie need to save a beautiful alien girl from the invaders who threaten her city, but they're only children against numerous warriors. And once Jamie has become the hero, why should he return to Earth, where he's "a voiceless cripple?" Despite weak dialogue and flat characters, an entertaining adventure. (Science fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441771506
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Lighthouse Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 11
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian McKinty, now a US citizen, was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City, where he lived in Harlem for five years, working in bars and on construction crews, and enjoying a stint as a bookseller. He is the author of several highly acclaimed novels for adults, including a Publisher's Weekly Book of the Year. He currently lives in Denver, where he teaches high school.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Awesome!!!

    Adrian McKinty has created a wonderful and thrilling fantacy that will keep readers at the edge of their seat. (If they're not standing)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2008

    the lighthouse land

    omg.the lighthouse land was one of the best books i ever read. i loved it so much.i read the first page and i was hooked. i'm only on page 81 and i can't stop reading. i would so so so recommend this book to everyone ages 10-15 or older or younger.anyway it was the best book ever.thank you so much adrian mckinty (the author)you wrote one of the best books in the world.thanks so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Unbelievable!!!

    I really love this book, and now i'm waiting to get the secound and then the third. I'm really excited to see what happends between Jamie and Wishaway!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    Magnificent Book!

    This sci-fi adventure about a crippled boy named Jamie and his friend Ramsay is a wonderful tale of world-wide proportions. It is 'unputdownable.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    A WONDERFUL READ!!!

    A WONDERFUL BOOK ABOUT A BOY NAMED JAMIE WHO LOSSED HIS LEFT ARM TO CANCER.JAMIE LIVES IN NEW YORK AND ONE DAY HIS MOTHER GOT A LETTER THAT SAID THAT HIS MOTHER INHERITS A SMALL ISLAND IN IRELAND.WHEN JAMIE MOVES THERE HE MAKES A FRIEND NAMED RAMSAY AND THEY DISCOVER A SECERT ROOM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE AND ACIENT ITEM THAT CAN TRANSPORT THEM TO A OTHER WORLD.THIS BOOK IS GREAT, I RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL READERS.IT HAS ACTION, A BIT OF HUMOR, AND ROMANCE SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.

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