Seven Wonders Journals: The Select and The Orphan

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The Seven Wonders adventures continue in this print bind-up of The Select and The Orphan. The Select tells the story of thirteen-year-old Burt Wenders, the first documented carrier of the G7W gene, and his fated voyage to the island that would eventually come to house the Karai Institute. In The Orphan, learn the story of Daria, orphaned at a young age and enslaved by the Babylonians, and her valiant battle to escape the only city she's ever called home. These titles are ...

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Overview

The Seven Wonders adventures continue in this print bind-up of The Select and The Orphan. The Select tells the story of thirteen-year-old Burt Wenders, the first documented carrier of the G7W gene, and his fated voyage to the island that would eventually come to house the Karai Institute. In The Orphan, learn the story of Daria, orphaned at a young age and enslaved by the Babylonians, and her valiant battle to escape the only city she's ever called home. These titles are together in print for the first time ever.

With key historical details and plenty of backstory surprises, this is a perfect addition to the library of new and continuing fans of the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis, author of three stories in the 39 Clues series.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In these two novellas in the “Seven Wonders Journals” series, Peter Lerangis gives readers stories that are not fully explained or understood in the Seven Wonders World. In The Select, Burt Wenders and his father set off with a small crew and a weak boat to an unmarked island, where they hope to find a cure for Ben’s illness. After many days at sea, the two remaining crewmen and the father-son pair set up camp on the island. Within hours, unknown creatures and men who want to sacrifice Burt to fulfill a prophecy pursue them. Running for their lives and hoping to meet at their campsite, Burt and his father run in opposite directions. At a moment’s pause we hear Burt’s uncertainty about ever seeing his father again and fearing that he will never fully understand the truth behind his illness or why his father brought him on this journey. The Orphan, the second novella is set in Babylonia and tells Daria’s story. On a mission to save her gravely ill friend Frada, Daria does the unthinkable—she steals a pomegranate from the King’s groves. Theft means automatic execution if caught. Daria flees the groves, but a chase by the King’s guards ensues. In the safety of the slums where Daria and her two friends, Frada and Nico live, she feeds the stolen pomegranate to her ailing friend. Nico is then captured and arrested for having the stain of pomegranate on his hands. Now fearing for Nico’s life, Daria, joins the rebel group against the King to save her friend. This ultimately leads to her capture and becoming a slave to the King. The story’s pace and suspense make this a page-turning breath-holding read. Peter Lerangis’s talent for writing suspense is showcased in both novellas. Whether or not readers are familiar with the “Seven Wonders Journals” series, these two novellas will make young audiences crave more of his writing, especially since both stories are just the beginning for these two characters. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler; Ages 10 up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062238917
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Seven Wonders Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 160,320
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, which have sold more than five million copies and been translated into thirty-three different languages. His books include The Colossus Rises and Lost in Babylon in the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series, and two books in The 39 Clues series (The Sword Thief and The Viper's Nest). Peter is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry and has run a marathon and gone rock climbing during an earthquake—though not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their two sons, Nick and Joe. In his spare time, he likes to eat chocolate.

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