Princesses of Atlantis

( 1 )

Overview

Twelve-year-old best friends Carly and Arlene write about the final, cataclysmic days of Atlantis in a story that parallels the growing tensions between the girls. The heroines of their fantasy novel are twin princesses destined for sacrifice to the Rain God. In real life, Carly develops a crush on a boy and Arlene feels betrayed; in Atlantis, Princess Eva is imprisoned in a tower while Princess Lydia falls in love. As the floods threaten to destroy Atlantis, the princesses are separated and each must find a way ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $9.57   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Twelve-year-old best friends Carly and Arlene write about the final, cataclysmic days of Atlantis in a story that parallels the growing tensions between the girls. The heroines of their fantasy novel are twin princesses destined for sacrifice to the Rain God. In real life, Carly develops a crush on a boy and Arlene feels betrayed; in Atlantis, Princess Eva is imprisoned in a tower while Princess Lydia falls in love. As the floods threaten to destroy Atlantis, the princesses are separated and each must find a way to escape. Carly and Arlene realize that their lives are taking different and unexpected directions, too. A satisfying read for Atlantis fans, this novel by award-winning author Lisa Williams Kline offers romance, magic, and a race against time.

Twelve-year-old best friends Carly and Arlene write about twin princesses during the final, cataclysmic days of Atlantis in a story that parallels the growing tensions the two friends are experiencing in their lives.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Carly and Arlene are seventh grade girls whose friendship is being put to the test by all the normal pitfalls of being twelve. Worried that she doesn't feel part of any of the usual middle school groups—athletes, cheerleaders, kids in the school play, weirdoes—Carly wishes she could have been descended from mermaid royalty. Instead, she settles for trying out new friends who only get her into trouble. All of this would indicate a standard middle grade plot, except for one thing. Together, Carly and Arlene are writing a fantasy novel about Eva and Lydia, two heroines from Atlantis who are racing against time to escape from being sacrificed to Driz the Rain God. Author Kline alternates the girls' Atlantis writing with their own modern story, and does a noteworthy job of keeping readers involved in both. As Carly and Arlene dream up wildly imaginative scenarios for their characters, the predicaments of the twin princesses closely parallel their own actions and problems. Though some of the vocabulary and fantasy writing seem precocious for twelve-year-olds, the result is a creative and thoroughly entertaining story, or, more accurately, stories. 2002, Cricket,
— Betty Hicks
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Best friends Carly and Arlene used to spend Friday nights together writing novels, but as they enter seventh grade, their relationship begins to change. Carly becomes interested in boys, clothes, and the popular kids in school, while Arlene continues to ignore her appearance and present long explanations in class, even when other kids make fun of her. Carly's desire to fit in gets her into trouble, but the consequences of her actions, along with her forced involvement in the school play as punishment for skipping class, make her evaluate who her real friends are and who she wants to be. This narrative alternates with the story the girls are writing about twin princesses during the destruction of Atlantis, and the relationship between them parallels and reflects the changing relationship and ultimate reconciliation between Carly and Arlene. This realistic depiction of adolescence benefits from detailed characterizations and clearly drawn supporting characters. Carly's teacher's interest in her is an unusual and heartening touch, and the fantasy within the story is well constructed and adds to this book's appeal. This is a good choice for girls who feel that no one is ever as confused about growing up as they are, and may catch the attention of reluctant readers. -Beth L. Meister, Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Carly has lived in North Carolina all her life; her best friend Arlene moved there in second grade. At 12, Carly is beginning to realize that other kids make fun of Arlene's bony arms and legs and of her assuredness; short and plump and awkward, Carly longs to be liked. The girls' relationship is nicely plotted, and it is reflected in the novel they are writing of doomed Atlantis and its twin princesses, Eva and Lydia. The girls write together in Arlene's attic room with stars on its ceiling. Contemporary chapters in Carly's voice alternate with the Atlantis tale, mirroring the conflicts and resolutions in the girls' lives (mirrors play a big role in both stories). Trying out for the class play, parental pressure to excel, and liking the boy who doesn't like you loom as large as they do in real-life seventh grade. As the girls' lives change-Carly shifts her allegiance-their princesses cope with their own crises, and eventually, everyone finds a new way to cope. While the language can be sharp and lovely, the narrative occasionally clunks and does not proceed smoothly. Still, the concept is appealing and will find its audience. (Fiction. 10-12)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812628555
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 4, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Wonderful!

    I read this book back when I was in about 5th grade and I LOVED IT! Since then I've read it every now and then and it's still great!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)