Balance Keepers, Book 1: The Fires of Calderon

Balance Keepers, Book 1: The Fires of Calderon

by Lindsay Cummings


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The Fires of Calderon is Book One in #1 New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings’s epic Balance Keepers series. These exciting fantasy-adventure books are full of magic, mystery, friendship, and humor, and are perfect for fans of books like Brandon Mull’s The Candy Shop War or the Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann.

Bestselling author of the Skeleton Creek series Patrick Carman describes The Fires of Calderon as “fast paced and packed with adventure,” and Peter Lerangis, bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series, says, “Wow!”

With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and courage; both boy and girl main characters; fierce creatures to battle; a mystery to solve; and a boarding school that could be described as Hogwarts Underground, there’s something for every reader to enjoy in this contemporary—and fantastically imaginative—spin on the classic A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

When eleven-year-old Albert Flynn follows a mysterious map deep into the woods, and then under the woods, he discovers he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for keeping harmony in fantastical underground worlds. Together with his teammates Leroy and Birdie, Albert must master his magical talents in time to stop the fires in the Calderon Realm from destroying New York City above.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062275196
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Balance Keepers Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 729,979
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lindsay Cummings is a book blogger and the author of the teen series the Murder Complex. She lives in Texas with two German shepherds, one wolf cub who isn't very smart, a horse named Dan the Man, and a husband named Josh. She eats too many hot Cheetos and can't stop dyeing her hair crazy colors.

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Balance Keepers, Book 1: The Fires of Calderon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was perfectly written and the author could not have wrtten this better and you will wish that the second book is in yiur hands. To make a long story short, it was one of the best books I've ever read.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When Albert is given a letter to give to someone in the woods little does he know that its the start of a magical journey to save the world. He is told that he is a Balance Keeper and will spend the summer in the Core training to keep the balance between the realms. Along with his teammates Birdie and Leroy, Albert must train as fast and hard as he can because there is a devastating imbalance in the Calderon Realm and the world above is suffering. Albert also needs to figure out his magical powers before its too late. Will the trio figure out the Means to save Calderon and will Albert figure out his abilities before New York gets buried under Ash? Every so often you read a book that you know from the get go that its one in a million. Well this is that one. Without a doubt, the best Middle Grade book I've read since The Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. I didn't just read it, I devoured it! I loved Albert. He is spending the summer with his dad and grandfather and is bored. He is supposed to be helping his dad in the post office, sorting the dead letters. Next thing he knows, a dog arrives with a letter in his mouth. The letter is from his dad and tells him that he needs to deliver the letter to someone in the forest and that the dog knows the way. He is at the age where all he wants is adventure and he dives into every thing that's thrown at him with gusto!! Birdie and Leroy were awesome as well. Birdie is the dare devil of the group, while Leroy is more cautious. When they first arrive at the Core, new recruits are told to dive into the fountain and retrieve the Tile that calls to them. Birdie goes first and gets her Tile in no time. Hers gives her the ability to breathe underwater and she has an affinity with water. Leroy goes next and comes up with his Tile. His one gives him photographic memory and Knowledge. Albert is last and it seems to take him a long time to find his Tile. When he eventually comes up his Tile is different to everyone elses. While theirs are White with a black ruin, his is black with a white ruin. Why is his different and what does it mean? I loved the Tiles. They were a unique way of giving the kids powers. It makes a nice change from where they suddenly wake up with powers!!  I dont want to say much more because I dont want to give any spoilers! All I can say is that this is a must read!!! Filled with action, adventure, battles, fantastical creature of all sizes, Balance Keepers is one of those books where once you finish, you wish you could reread it for the first time again. From its fantastic characters to its magical realms, Balance Keepers is amazing. Action packed, thrilling and gripping, I loved it and can not wait for more!!!! 
LGalveston More than 1 year ago
This book has all the elements that will draw young readers in and keep them turning pages: a likable, adventuresome main character in Albert, well-drawn sidekicks in Birdie (she's full of feist), and Leroy who is not so adventuresome, but totally endearing and a jolly, mysterious mutt. The world building is wonderful and the writing is both clever and beautifully descriptive. Kids will love the fantastical Core creatures, and root for Albert and his friends when they come up against challenges that are both life-threatening and as ordinary as boasting bullies. I thoroughly enjoyed it! In a word: COOL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago