The Long-Lost Map (Ulysses Moore Series #2)
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The Long-Lost Map (Ulysses Moore Series #2)

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by Pierdomenico Baccalario, Iacopo Bruno
     
 

An action-packed series full of mysteries, puzzles, and codes that will keep kids turning the pages. The books' striking cover art and unique packaging is sure to appeal to boys and girls alike.

Jason, Julia, and Rick have discovered one of the secrets of Argo Manor -- the Door to Time. Now the door has transported them to Ancient Egypt, a mysterious land of

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An action-packed series full of mysteries, puzzles, and codes that will keep kids turning the pages. The books' striking cover art and unique packaging is sure to appeal to boys and girls alike.

Jason, Julia, and Rick have discovered one of the secrets of Argo Manor -- the Door to Time. Now the door has transported them to Ancient Egypt, a mysterious land of labyrinths, riddles, and secrets. But when they are accidentally separated, Julia ends up at Argo Manor again -- and she can't get back to Egypt, or the boys.

Now Jason and Rick have to find the long-lost map of Kilmore Cove, hidden somewhere in the past. But where? And with the wicked Oblivia Newton and her servant, Manfred, on their trail, the stakes are higher than ever. . . .

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Kirkus The Bad Guys come on strong in this sequel to The Door to Time (Jan. 2006), as young Jason and Rick race malign adult rival Oblivia Newton through the ancient city of Punt to solve clues leading to a mysterious map hidden in a labyrinthine library. Meanwhile, back in the present, Jason's twin, Julia, and the enigmatic old caretaker Nestor are attacked by Oblivia's vicious henchman Manfred under cover of a wild storm. As before, the focus is more on keeping the plot rolling than on attending to logic or historical detail, but along with the evocative assemblages of cryptic documents and drawings heading each chapter, there's enough atmosphere, action, suspense, as-yet-unsolved mysteries and sharp-tongued repartee to carry the tale over rough spots. By the end, Oblivia's on the verge of total triumph; let's hope for better news in the next episode. (Fantasy. 10-12)

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\\\\\\\\Baccalario, Pierdomenico. The Long-Lost Map. Tr. by Leah Janeczko. July 2006. 272p. illus. Scholastic, $12.99 (0-439-77439-X).
Gr. 4–6. The follow-up to the time-travel story Door to Time (2005), in the Ulysses Moore series, starts out with a bang: Jason and Rick find themselves in ancient Egypt, while Julia, magically locked out of their adventure, is back home at Argo Manor in Cornwall. Soon allied with an Egyptian girl, Jason and Rick follow clues and try to elude the nefarious Oblivia Newton. Meanwhile, back at the manor, Julia and Argo Manor's caretaker, Nestor, fend off Oblivia's loathsome henchman. The story ping-pongs between settings until the characters are reunited near the book's end. The last chapter points toward the next volume in the series. The characters are clearly delineated, but adventure is prime here. The illustrations (including handsome pencil drawings) at the beginnings of chapters have a three-dimensional quality in keeping with the book's pretense that readers are looking at the recovered manuscripts of the mysterious Ulysses Moore. –Carolyn Phelan

Publishers Weekly
In The Long-Lost Map, the second installment in the paper-over-board Ulysses Moore series by Pierdomenico Baccalario, illus. by Iacopo Bruno, trans. from the Italian by Leah Janeczko, 11-year-old twins Jason and Julia, along with their friend Rick, pass through a magical door in their old English manor (from book one, The Door to Time) and stumble into ancient Egypt and a quest to discover an important hidden map. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Christina Moore
Where would children's fiction be without secret doors to other times and other worlds? This "golden goose" literary device continues to work its magic in this suspenseful sequel to the first "Ulysses Moore" mystery, The Door to Time. This second book starts with Jason and Rick surfacing in Ancient Egypt while Jason's twin, Julia, is locked out and left behind in Argo Manor in Kilmore Cove. Never fear, the author cleverly maintains two parallel adventures, jolting back and forth between the two scenarios, with the characters reunited at the end. The nefarious Oblivia Newton and her henchman Manfred are equally good villains on both sides of the secret door. Readers will be intrigued by the riddles, codes, and secret passageways Jason and Rick must navigate in the lost city of Punt with the help of their new Egyptian friend Maruk. In addition, the detailed and interesting illustrations for the book do a good job of maintaining the illusion that the reader is looking at the manuscripts of the mysterious and missing Ulysses Moore. Scholastic has imported a winning series from Italy and is ensured of further sales as the reader is left cliff-hanging, chomping at the bit for the next title to appear in the bookstore.
VOYA - Amy Luedtke
Friends Jason and Rick have a big problem. After a fantastic journey on the Metis, a time-traveling sailing ship, the eleven-year-olds are stuck in ancient Egypt. Their only hope of getting home is finding a long-lost map of their English hometown, Kilmore Cove. The map was hidden by the enigmatic and supposedly deceased Ulysses Moore, the former owner of Argo Manor, where Jason and his family now live. Jason believes that Moore left clues to lure them into discovering the Metis so they could come to ancient Egypt to find the map. To succeed, the boys will have to solve more of Ulysses's puzzling riddles before Moore's nemesis, Oblivia Newton, beats them to the map. Oblivia has found her own doorway to ancient Egypt and will do whatever it takes, including bribery and murder, to win. Luckily the boys find a friend in Maruk, an Egyptian girl who helps them navigate their confusing surroundings. Meanwhile Jason's twin sister, Julia, is anxiously waiting at Argo Manor for the boys to return. Julia traveled to ancient Egypt with the boys but returned without them after accidentally going through a time doorway. Danger also lurks at Argo Manor and Julia must defend her home from Oblivia's menacing henchman, Manfred. Readers will enjoy solving Moore's clues while they root for the young adventurers. Filled with more excitement and emotion than its predecessor, this book is a satisfying second installment in the Ulysses Moore series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia and their friend Rick are caught up in an adventure in space and time in this second volume in the series. Back home at Argo Manor, Julia and the aged butler, Nestor, confront a thug in the employ of the nefarious Oblivia Newton while the boys, stuck in ancient Egypt, try to follow the clues to a long-lost map in order to return home. With the help of Maruk, the daughter of Egypt's high priest, and Mammon (also known as Lucifer), who runs the Shop of Long-Lost Maps, the boys race against time to find the Room That Isn't There, unaware that Ms. Newton is also on the hunt. The story seesaws between past and present, weaving together the adventures of Julia, the boys, and Ms. Newton. Baccalario's pages are so full of action and his pace is so breathless that readers may not realize, until the boys themselves do at book's end, that the map's importance is still unexplained. Clever street urchins, a pet crocodile, an ancient ballad, and the allegedly dead Ulysses Moore, the manor's previous occupant, all figure into the excitement. Paced like a Hollywood thriller-Indiana Jones from a kid's-eye view-The Long-Lost Map sacrifices character development and literary verve for nonstop excitement, which it provides in spades. Recommend this one to those students who have worn out their copies of Lemony Snicket's books and Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's "Spiderwick Chronicles" (S & S).-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439774390
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Ulysses Moore, #2
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Long-Lost Map (Ulysses Moore Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book was very well writen and has great details. I definantly recomend it.