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Middle-schoolers Gregory Guest and Yolanda Torres have no intention of becoming heroes. But as the only kids in Bainsboro who see that the world has gone horribly wrong, what choice do they have? Aided by their eccentric science teacher and a mysterious red monocle, Gregory and Yolanda travel into the King Arthur legend to save today’s real world from a legendary threat. As they ally themselves with the magician Merlin and his young apprentice to thwart the sorceress Morgan le Fay, these reluctant heroes must set...
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The Taker and the Keeper

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Overview

Middle-schoolers Gregory Guest and Yolanda Torres have no intention of becoming heroes. But as the only kids in Bainsboro who see that the world has gone horribly wrong, what choice do they have? Aided by their eccentric science teacher and a mysterious red monocle, Gregory and Yolanda travel into the King Arthur legend to save today’s real world from a legendary threat. As they ally themselves with the magician Merlin and his young apprentice to thwart the sorceress Morgan le Fay, these reluctant heroes must set whole worlds right again. The first book in the Red Monocle series, The Taker and the Keeper will keep young readers up at night as they get swept away in this tightly-plotted, hair-raising adventure.

Author notes, study guide, excerpt: chironbooks.com/Wim&Pat_Red_Monocle

“Written to appeal to an audience age 8 and up, The Taker and the Keeper is part of an award -winning group of juvenile literature that promises to continue educating and enchanting young readers. The plot is tight, the writing is fluid, the action is packed, the suspense is palpable, and the novel ends with the three magic words ‘to be continued...’ Three cheers and a heads up for the talented authors of the Red Monocle Series!”
Midwest Book Review

”A clever brew of legendary and contemporary characters, The Taker and the Keeper conjures up a tale of righting wrongs and conquering personal fears.”
—Richard Keep, New York Times bestselling children’s author

RED MONOCLE—An adventure series about the importance of stories.
Middle-schoolers Gregory Guest and Yolanda Torres face monsters, magic, and personal challenges when they follow an eerie passageway into lands of myth and legend. In their struggle against a mighty evil, they make surprising discoveries about themselves.

International award-winner: "Children's Book Series" category of the 2011 International Book Awards’

Red Monocle 2: The Death of the Good Wizard
When the Taker and the Keeper travel back to the land of legend, they find themselves in a completely unexpected story and a reality full of new dangers—including one very persistent dragon.

Red Monocle 3: The Invisible Foe (2012) introduces the African trickster Anansi, who first unleashed stories into the world. In further Red Monocle books young readers will delight in more great myths and legends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935178217
  • Publisher: Coleman Perrin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Red Monocle Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 173
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 493 KB

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    The Arthur Legend for 8 - 11 year olds

    I have always loved the "Arthur Legend" which is the story THE TAKER AND THE KEEPER is based on.

    With a red monocle and his friend Yolanda, Gregory stumbles upon a "hole" to the past. There they find Merlin without memory or magic. Yolanda had just been reading about the Arthur Legend before they went through the hole. She realizes how out of character of the story the people and their village are.

    There is no sword in the stone for Arthur to draw out. Without his memory, Merlin can't perform his great magic and Morgan le Fay is taking over. By learning to overcome fears and doing the right thing, Gregory and Yolanda, along with help from Merlin and Arthur, set the story right again.

    This is a very good book to present the Arthur Legend to a young child and teach them how and why they should do the right thing.

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