Ravenwood

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Overview


Who holds the seeds to save a sky-high world?

Arborium is at risk, the sharpened blades of rival Maw poised to saw off its bark and branches. What can a poor plumber's apprentice armed with little more than a monkey wrench do to stop the chopping?

Carved into a massive, mile-high canopy, the forest kingdom of Arborium stands upon the tallest of trees. Within them, 14-year-old Ark holds the lowest of jobs: unclogging toilets. He's already up to...

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Overview


Who holds the seeds to save a sky-high world?

Arborium is at risk, the sharpened blades of rival Maw poised to saw off its bark and branches. What can a poor plumber's apprentice armed with little more than a monkey wrench do to stop the chopping?

Carved into a massive, mile-high canopy, the forest kingdom of Arborium stands upon the tallest of trees. Within them, 14-year-old Ark holds the lowest of jobs: unclogging toilets. He's already up to his elbows in gunk when he REALLY steps in it. He overhears a plot echoing through the pipes: Maw, a ruthless glass-and-steel superpower, is scheming to wield its axes of evil to strip Arborium of its wood -- a natural resource now more precious than gold.

The fate of a kingdom in the filthy hands of a plumber boy?

Plunged into danger, Ark must make the treacherous climb down to the darkest roots of RAVENWOOD if there's any hope of rescuing his threatened tree home!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this otherworldly adventure, several teens struggle for survival while trying to preserve their home, a kingdom built amid the mile-high trees of Arborium. Peters (Do Not Wake the Devil) quickly establishes a sense of place and drops readers into the action by introducing Ark, a 14-year-old plumber's apprentice who accidentally overhears a treasonous plot and becomes a target to be silenced. Ark and his friend Mucum are on the run from their enemies while trying to warn the King of his imminent assassination. Their efforts take them from the very top of Arborium down into its roots, learning long-lost secrets along the way. As Ark comes into his destiny, facing off against monsters and traitors, he demonstrates what even a lowly plumber can accomplish through wits and determination. Although the heavy use of tree-related puns becomes tedious, and suggestions that Arborium might be a future Earth may leave readers with unanswered questions, the unique setting, memorable characters, and curious blend of fantasy and science fiction result in an action-filled epic with heart. Ages 9–14. (Aug.)
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In this otherworldly adventure, several teens struggle for survival while trying to preserve their home, a kingdom built amid the mile-high trees of Arborium. Peters (Do Not Wake the Devil) quickly establishes a sense of place and drops readers into the action by introducing Ark, a 14-year-old plumber's apprentice who accidentally overhears a treasonous plot and becomes a target to be silenced. Ark and his friend Mucum are on the run from their enemies while trying to warn the King of his imminent assassination. Their efforts take them from the very top of Arborium down into its roots, learning long-lost secrets along the way. As Ark comes into his destiny, facing off against monsters and traitors, he demonstrates what even a lowly plumber can accomplish through wits and determination. Although the heavy use of tree-related puns becomes tedious, and suggestions that Arborium might be a future Earth may leave readers with unanswered questions, the unique setting, memorable characters, and curious blend of fantasy and science fiction result in an action-filled epic with heart. Ages 9–14. (Aug.)
-Publishers Weekly Web-Exclusive Review

Power-hungry industrial city Maw is poised to decimate the last bit of natural beauty in its vicinity: the
Ravenwood, a living sprawl of massive trees and woven walkways that is the airy home of the Arborians.
The only things standing between the Arborians and Maw are a young plumber\u2019s assistant named Ark, his blustery friend Mucum, and the magic of the wood itself. This is a classic tale in a number of ways, from the buddy relationship (optimistic hero accompanied by a roughneck sidekick) to the struggle between nature and man\u2019s drive to tame it for his own needs. There is imaginative, consistent world building here,
although at times Peters gets overly clever; for instance, the tree-inhabiting Arborians occasionally exclaim \u201cBuddy Holly!\u201d and use \u201cbe-leaf\u201d for belief. There is also quite a bit of mucking about in sewagerelated situations as well as a budding love story—something for both genders, perhaps. Use this as a readaloud for middle- or upper-elementary students, or give to those who enjoy quest stories.
— Cindy Welch, Booklist Advanced Review

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Arborium lives a mundane life as a plumber's apprentice, carrying his simple tool belt to fix plumbing problems throughout the tree kingdom. Then, the impossible happens and Arborium finds himself in multiple life and death situations as he tries to save the King. Arborium must hunt for the counsel of several unique characters; from a blind religious woman to a shady lady who rules the eerie black ravens, or the unlikely friendship of Mucum that also works as an apprentice. This book does not stop there: the exceptional voices of developed players push this book from a typical quest novel to an extraordinary adventure story that steps entirely outside of reality and pulls readers into the world of make-believe, where a civilization must live in trees to survive. Sometimes visualizing how this world looks and interacts with the characters takes the reader out of the story because it feels so unnatural, but the action packed scenes leads the reader to a breath taking ending. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545305501
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,050,721
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


ANDREW PETERS was born in Hildesheim, Germany, and raised in London, England. He has been climbing up and talking to trees ever since childhood. He now lives in Shropshire, England, with his wife and two children of their own.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Good Book

    Raven wood is about a boy named Arktorious Malikum, a plumber boy, who finds out about a secret plot to overthrow his country¿s king. The world Ark lives in is all about trees. All his people live within the trunks and branches of the trees. For them to go on the actual earth is like saying that you want to be dead. No one dares to touch the infested earth, no matter what. Ark goes on a journey with a newfound friend, Mucum,to try to tell the king of the conspiracy. With some distractions and detours they finally make it. But will the king believe two plumber boys?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    WIZARD101 JOINERS JOIN HERE!!!

    ~Elizabeth Spiritbreeze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Sam

    "No? Isn't fire just kind of somthing caused by a chemical reaction?"
    <p>
    ((Thanks))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Proffessor

    "For something to be alive..." she takes out a lighter and lights a stick on fire. "It needs to take in energy, reproduce in some way, move..." she watches as the fire flickers back and forth. "It takes in energy, it moves..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Anna

    Stood by sam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Woods

    She nodded and went on cleaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Review Review

    Well to start off with this book, this book reminds of a game i play Wizard 101. Why do i think this becuase the word ravenwood came from wizard one on one. I think this book shuold ages 10 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    One of the best books ever

    One of the best books i have ever read in my life!
    You should read it if you like adventcher and a dark kind of evil.

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