The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders Series #1)

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One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the ...

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Overview

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they're hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the epic seven-book adventure series Seven Wonders, from master storyteller and bestselling 39 Clues series author Peter Lerangis. The highly anticipated series has received early praise from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, who says, "A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets, The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait to see what's next in the Seven Wonders series!"

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Indiana teenager Jack McKinley has just discovered that he is a ticking time-bomb. Unless he solves the ancient mysteries of Atlantis, a rare genetic disorder will kill him within a few months. With this ultimate imperative staring him down, he begins a quest that will challenge his imaginative powers. Peter Lerangis's new fantasy series launch is bound to please readers of his two 39 Clues books.

Publishers Weekly
In this action-packed first novel in the Seven Wonders series, Jack McKinley, an imaginative kid with a penchant for Rube Goldberg–style devices, is kidnapped and brought to a mysterious island. There he learns that he and three other 13-year-olds carry a rare, often fatal gene; if they survive, the gene will confer superpowers on them and mark them as distantly descended from Atlantis. That ancient kingdom, they discover, was destroyed when its rulers misused the enormous power they wielded. Jack and his new friends have been recruited to rediscover the lost repositories of that power, which are connected to the wonders of the ancient world, such as the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Their survival, though, is far from guaranteed. Lerangis, contributor to the 39 Clues series, has created a real page-turner, and while the characters are somewhat one-dimensional (particularly the adults), there’s a genuine sense of mystery and even a touch of grandeur to this tale. Lerangis aims squarely at the legions of Percy Jackson fans and hits his target. Ages 8–12. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is a very busy book. There are so many plotlines and characters that it is hard to keep them straight. Jack McKinley is awakened one morning from a nightmare of an attacking griffin by his Rube Goldberg-rigged alarm clock. On the way to school, he collapses and awakens on the island of Atlantis in a hospital room attended by a morally ambiguous Professor Bhegad and his Hagrid-like assistant, Torquin. Professor Bhegad has collected four young people, all carriers of a gene that creates super powers and assures their early death. Jack, Ally, Cass and Marco are a gifted quartet (although Jack doubts his own skills), bonded by one mission: to find the seven magic symbols (connected to the Seven Wonders of the World) that will unlock the cure to their genetic anomaly. Professor Bhegad's ambiguity is resolved and, yes, he is actually trying to cure his four protegees. Just as Rick Riordin draws on adventure and myth in his Percy Jackson books, Lerangis visits the same sources and tells his story at a very rapid pace in this first volume of a series. There is a lot of rapid fire dialogue with humor that may go right over young readers' heads. When Ally, a Hermione-like advocate for the rights of the underdog, is addressed as "Norma Rae," one can only say, "Really? For ten year olds?" This story culminates in the reanimation of the Colossus of Rhodes who seems more closely related to a Transformer than a world wonder. It is fairly obvious that the other books in the series will draw on the remaining six marvels. Over all, young readers looking for "read-alikes" may choose this from the shelves, but they will enjoy it more for its familiarity than its originality. The first book in the "Seven Wonders" series. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Kirkus Reviews
The Seven Wonders series debuts with a bang: 13-year-old Jack McKinley will die unless he can locate the magic Loculi containing the ancient powers of Atlantis. No time for lush descriptions of setting and insightful characterizations here. A belching barefoot giant who looks like a Viking appears on the very first page, and the action begins--a fast-paced, page-turning adventure that quickly takes Jack from Belleville, Ind., to what's left of ancient Atlantis. It turns out that Jack is a descendant of the lost civilization and has a rare genetic condition that will kill him unless he can tap into the island's powers. The problem is that when Atlantis was destroyed, its source of power was stolen, divided into seven containers and hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Finding the powers will not only save Jack's life, but also give him superpowers. Jack and his new friends Cass, Marco and Aly climb volcanoes, confront a griffin, enter a maze, find a waterfall that gives life to the dead and seek the Colossus of Rhodes. Jack, like his kindred spirit, Percy Jackson, is a good-hearted narrator, unsure of his powers but up to the challenges of his fated journey. Fans of Riordan, Rowling, and ancient myths and legends will welcome this new, if derivative opportunity for adventure and enchantment. (Fiction. 8-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—A young teen who is descended from mythological beings and has extraordinary powers is trained in a secret facility with others like him. He finds himself on the run with a small group of his peers, battling other supernatural beings in a race to find a powerful artifact and avert disaster. Hmm, sounds familiar. This is not The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) and the mythology is the lost city of Atlantis rather than the Greek pantheon, but comparisons with the "Percy Jackson" series are inevitable. Unfortunately, this volume hardly measures up. Jack McKinley is just not as likable or believable as Rick Riordan's protagonist, and the supporting characters are flat. There are far too many deus ex machina moments needed to move the story along (e.g., Marco falling to his death but landing just close enough to a magic waterfall to not actually die). There is plenty of action throughout, and some of it is quite original (nearly dying under a mountain of flaming bat guano is certainly "fresh"), but it is not enough to make up for the uneven plot and weak characters.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062070401
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Seven Wonders Series , #1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 119,167
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lerangis

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, including two books in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series (The Sword Thief and The Viper's Nest) and one book in the 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series (The Dead of Night). Together, his books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into twenty-eight different languages, Peter is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry. He 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT BOOK, GREAT STORY, GREAT CHARACTERS! I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK AND AM DYING FOR THE NEXT ONE BECAUSE OF THE SHOCKER ENDING! JUST TORE THROUGH IT BECAUSE IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD!

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Great Book!

    Nice plotline, didn't suspect it to end the way it did!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    WOW

    This was an Fantastic book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I heald on to EVERY word

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Amazing Book!!!

    Well done, Peter Lerangis!

    This book was phenomenal! I could hardly put this book down. Would rate ten stars if possible! ;)

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great book with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting, can't wait for the rest of this series.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Awesomeness!!! :)

    This book is seriously awesome. I love theplotline and how it brings so many unexcpected things. Pi equals3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 seriousle awesomeness.

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Good

    Good book. Writen like percy jackson.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Awsome

    Reallly awsome

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    This book is the definition of Adventure. With so many twists an

    This book is the definition of Adventure. With so many twists and unexpected situations, I read this book till I was done. I am dying for the next book to come out!!! Can't Wait!!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    WARNING!!!!! THE SEVEN WONDERS IS AN ADDICTING AND MUST READ BOOK!!! :D

    Ok this book was just amazing! I am 13 and i read this book because i had nothing left to read in my house (I read everything :D) and wasnt expecting it to be very good and was plesently suprised. A good book for basically anyone who can read and I cant wait for the next book! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Nice try!? No. Perfect shot! 20 for 20! Read this.

    This book should have a rating higher than your IQ.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    awesome book

    awesome book

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis Harpe

    Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
    HarperCollins, 2013
    Science Fiction/Fantasy
    368 pages
    Recommended for grades 5+
    (amazon recommends ages 8+...I don't think a second/third grader would fare well with this story!)




    I listened to the audio version of this book, and it is one you can't miss!  If you like and have the time for an audio book, this one is read wonderfully.  Performer Johnathan McClain brings life and personality to all the characters.
    The premise of the book is that Jack, along with some other 13 year olds, are taken to a remote and mysterious island, snatched right out of their lives and families.  On the island Jack meets professor Bhegad, who is planning to use the chosen children to help him find Atlantis.
    As much as I loved the reader, the story wasn't one that I was overly in love with.  If you loved the Percy Jackson series...go read that again.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Great

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwsoooooooooooooooooome

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Anonymous

    JUST.AWESOME.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Anonomus

    Loved it

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Amazing book

    Amazing book. i would say this book should be for fourth grade and over this book is a little hard for little kids

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Great book

    If you like adventure books like percy jackson you'll like this one

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    It was an excellent plot, but the writing was unsatisfactory. Th

    It was an excellent plot, but the writing was unsatisfactory. The writing was dry and the author cept making failing attempts at humor. It was a great idea, though, and had the characters and writing been more satisfactory, I would have loved it.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Nice try...

    Way too predictable, and the ending just fell apart.It seemed like a wanna be to me.

    4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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