The Three Vests: The New Brilliants

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What would happen if you found a Chest in a remote cave? Would you open it? And if you did, are you prepared for your world to change? For Samantha, Juan, and George, opening a Chest of Light radically changes their lives. Bestowed with uncontrollable powers, they must learn quickly how to use them if they are to survive what's coming. There are Dark Vests; those who wish to destroy all those who stand for justice . . . the Brilliants. But can they learn fast enough before the Dark Vests take control and it's too...
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Overview

What would happen if you found a Chest in a remote cave? Would you open it? And if you did, are you prepared for your world to change? For Samantha, Juan, and George, opening a Chest of Light radically changes their lives. Bestowed with uncontrollable powers, they must learn quickly how to use them if they are to survive what's coming. There are Dark Vests; those who wish to destroy all those who stand for justice . . . the Brilliants. But can they learn fast enough before the Dark Vests take control and it's too late?
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Editorial Reviews

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An afternoon of spelunking in favorite caves takes a fantastical turn for sixth-graders Samantha, Juan, and George when they discover an old, battered treasure chest. When George cannot resist opening it, smoke suddenly emerges from the seemingly empty chest, filling the cave with a cloud. A voice booms out, granting a gift to each youth: invisibility for Juan, knowledge for Samantha, and flight for George. A vest of brilliant light signals the presence of each gift. As they wonder why they were chosen to receive powers and struggle to keep their gifts hidden at school, strange events begin to occur, and all three realize that they are in peril. Gradually they discover Dark Vests, those who used their own powers for wrong and who wish to turn or destroy them. This novel is the first in a projected series. The story moves quickly, and although the bad guys seem like caricatures, the adventure will appeal to many young readers. The teachers at the school that The Three Vests attend are portrayed as uninspiring stereotypes, something this teacher/reviewer hates to see, and the school bully seems over-the-top obnoxious. Despite these flaws, the youths' powers will undoubtedly pull in many reluctant readers: Who has not dreamed of being invisible or having all the answers? This series is for a younger middle school audience with its twelve-year-old protagonists. Fans of the Animorphs series or graduates of the Boxcar Children books are bound to find this one right up their alley. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Smart and Smarter Publishing, 223p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—Mary Ann Darby
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971353022
  • Publisher: Smart and Smarter Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 1,028,564
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Boulder Cave 11
Chapter 2 The Chest of Light 24
Chapter 3 The Blurry Shadow 38
Chapter 4 Mr. Dorn's Class 56
Chapter 5 The Locker Room 74
Chapter 6 Enter the Dark Vests 86
Chapter 7 The Point 102
Chapter 8 The Dream 115
Chapter 9 The Hooked Nose 126
Chapter 10 Juan's Room 145
Chapter 11 The Dance 156
Chapter 12 The Fair 176
Chapter 13 The Robe 194
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    The thring adventure of three kids

    Resders will find them self on a jorney with three kids as they recive powers that alow them to fly, go invisable,and know everything in the world at a snap of a finger.And through out the book Samatha, George,and Juan realize that there not the only people with powers and that this a very dangoes world and that there are people who want to kill them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    I recommend this book

    The three vest is a really neat book it supence and makes you want to keep reading. The threevest is about three kids who like to go and explore bolder cave. There names are Juan, Samantha and George. when they go into boldercave they find a chest Juan and samantha want to leave but George wantsd to open it and when he dose a voice appears and says to Juan to you the power of invisbility net he says to Samantha to you the power of knowledge and to George the power of flight. They have alot of trouble with the vests but the worst problem is the shadows so if you want to know what the shadows are you have to read the Three Vests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Absolutely The Best Book I've Read In A Long Time!

    This book is so exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seats from the begining. I really liked the characters, and the adventure. If you like adventure stories, you should read this book. Haven't read something this good since Potter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Engaging

    As a teacher of 5th grade students I look for books that will capture their interest almost immediately. This is a wanna-read, can't-put-down type book. Perfect for grades 5 and above through high school. I'm getting a class set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    This book has everything I like it has action adventur and lots of humor. I would rate this book a five star! Marie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    The Three Vests grips you from the start. Once the three main characters find the Chest in Boulder Cave and begin exploring their newfound powers, you can't stop reading. The way the author weaves in humor and action is truly artful. I would highly recommend this book to kids from ten years old and up. I'm twelve, and loved it, and my friend gave a five star rating too. I sincerely hope Mr. Bowman will write a second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    I just finished reading The Three Vests and can tell you that this book is awesome. I think it is for kids like 12 or older 'cause it's got some violence but it's mixed with humor and unpredictability (thank you, Mr. Bowman for not being predictable) I don't know if there's a second book, but there should be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    We want more!

    Our class finished reading The Three Vests today, and I have to say, WE WANT MORE. This book was very engrossing and captivating. We begged Mrs. Martinez to keep reading because it was that good! I like Harry Potter and this is almost as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    Books have to hook me when I read them. This book started out quick, and bam, before I knew it I was done and wanting more. If you haven't read this book yet you have to get a copy! I can't wait for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    It's the best book that I've read. The Author writes in a way that teens can relate and still interests younger and older people. It has everything. Action, good vs. evil, teen problems, and a little drama. It's better than Harry Potter even if it was a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    This book is about three kids that find a chest in a cave that gives them powers in the form of vests. The book follows how the kids will have to use their powers to help others, but they find out that there are evil people with Dark Vests that they must battle against. The author is detailed and it really fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    This is the best book I've ever read! Its better than Harry Potter

    This book is about 3 kids named Samantha, George, and Juan. They are out inside a cave when they find a chest. They each get the power with a vest. The powers are awsome. When they find out that there are some bad 'Dark Vests' they battle eachother. Im hopeing the author writes a second part. This author is very talented, with his writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    The best cliffhanger I've read in a long time! The main characters are easy to identify with, and dark characters earn their right to be called evil. As the plot gets stirring, you get catapulted into intense, funny, and impressive situations. The ending will leave you speechless. Truly amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    Three Vests: The New Brilliants

    An incredible book spanning thirteen chapters. It will slowly hook you as it spirals down into an immense, blockbuster story. Definitely one of my favorite books. Jake

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