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The Lost Stone (The Kingdom of Wrenly Series #1)

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Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly—a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure.

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, ...

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Overview

Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly—a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure.

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
This first title in the Kingdom of Wrenly series introduces lonely eight-year-old Prince Lucas, who is “bored out of his royal britches” and desperate for a friend. King Caleb prohibits his son from associating with any of the village children except Clara, the daughter of Queen Tasha’s dressmaker. When the queen loses her precious emerald pendant, Lucas and Clara set off to find it (with permission, of course). Their search brings them to island kingdoms inhabited by fairies, trolls, and wizards, but yields no pendant until Clara’s mermaid friends retrieve it from the sea. The characters the children encounter add spice to the story, and although the characterizations, plot, and language are kept basic, that’s to be expected for this age range, and Quinn keeps the action moving at a fast clip over the story’s 10 chapters. A large typeface, simple sentences, art on every spread (not seen in finished form by PW), and an overall sense of adventure should please emergent readers. The Scarlet Dragon pubs simultaneously. Ages 5–7. Illustrator’s agent: the Bright Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Emerging readers can now embark vicariously on their own fantasy quests in this launch title of an appealing new series by author Quinn and illustrator McPhillips. Eight-year-old Prince Lucas is the envy of the village children for his luxurious life in the castle, but he envies them for having the one thing denied him: a friend. Lucas has longed for a friend ever since his father, the king, terminated his budding companionship with the castle seamstress’s daughter, Clara Gills, as unbefitting to his station. But when his mother, the queen, loses her prized emerald stone, Lucas finds the opportunity to reconnect with Clara to search for the missing treasure, traveling from Wrenly to the island of Primlox, home of the fairies, Hobsgrove, home of the wizards, and Burth, home of the trolls. The text is fairly elevated in diction and vocabulary, but McPhillips’ abundant drawings, with delightful medieval detail and charm, appear on almost every page, making this a good offering for newly independent readers. Lucas’s yearning for a friend is appropriately kidlike, and the quest proceeds on a simple and accessible level. An enticing package that adds nice range to younger chapter book offerings. Book one in the “Kingdom of Wrenly” series. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-12
A lonely prince gains a friend for a quest to find a missing jewel. Prince Lucas of Wrenly has everything a boy could possibly want—except a friend. His father has forbidden him to play with the village children for reasons of propriety. Adventure-seeking Lucas acquires peasant clothes to masquerade as a commoner and make friends, but he is caught out. His mother, the queen, persuades the king to allow him one friend: Clara, the daughter of her personal dressmaker. When the queen's prized emerald pendant goes missing, Lucas and Clara set off to find it. They follow the jewel as it changes hands, interviewing each temporary owner. Their adventure cleverly introduces the series' world and peoples, taking the children to the fairy island of Primlox, the trolls' home of Burth, the wizard island of Hobsgrove and finally Mermaid's Cove. By befriending the mermaids, Lucas and Clara finally recover the jewel. In thanks, the king gives Clara a horse of her own so that she may ride with Lucas on their future adventures. The third-person narration is generally unobtrusive, allowing the characters to take center stage. The charming, medieval-flavored illustrations set the fairy-tale scene and take up enough page space that new and reluctant readers won't be overwhelmed by text. A gentle adventure that sets the stage for future quests. (Fantasy. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442496903
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Kingdom of Wrenly Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 124,586
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jordan Quinn grew up in a fairy tale castle in England. It had a spiral stone staircase, a moat, and a dungeon. As a child she liked to play hide-and-go-seek and ride her beloved horse, Prince Charming. When she wasn’t riding, she wrote stories about fairies, trolls, dragons, and wizards. Today Jordan lives on a ranch in California with her husband, son, and a golden retriever named Sir Toots-a-Lot.

Robert McPhillips has been involved in a wide variety of projects over the years—from illustrating greeting cards to animation, though he especially loves illustrating children’s books. Robert makes his home in Wiltshire, England, with his wife, Sam.

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