The Riddles of Epsilon

The Riddles of Epsilon

by Christine Morton-Shaw

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ISBN-13: 9780062003157
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 573,996
File size: 896 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christine Morton-Shaw has felt "visited" all her life. She often has to sidestep people she then realizes others can't see at all. Sometimes these impressions or visions can take a sudden step closer: "It is as if the skin between this world and another world begins to get thinner. Things in that other place become clearer and louder. I'm quite happy with all this strangeness and charm, and can't imagine life without it."

She feels at home in ruined buildings or medieval houses and streets. Ancient scripts and old manuscripts and diaries seem alive to her. Some of the things in The Hunt for the Seventh have happened to her, particularly the gray glimpses and the whispers.

Christine Morton-Shaw lives with her family in Sheffield, England. She is the author of The Riddles of Epsilon and many picture books for children.

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The Riddles of Epsilon


By Christine Morton-Shaw

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Christine Morton-Shaw
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060728213

Chapter One

There are two members in the chat room:

Jess and Avril

AVRIL: So have the Enemy calmed down yet?

JESS: Mom and Dad? Are you kidding? You'd think I'd had tattoos done. It was only a tiny nose ring, for crying out loud! And it was over a week ago, before we even moved here!

AVRIL: Hayley's mom grounded her, for a whole week!

JESS: Poor Hayley!

AVRIL: It ended yesterday. She'll be here any minute--we're off to a party.

JESS: Lucky things! Say hi to her from me. Tell them I miss them all.

AVRIL: So did they make you take the nose ring out?

JESS: No way! That's why Dad isn't talking to me.

AVRIL: So what's the new house like?

JESS: Gross. Falling apart. Old. Full of crummy old stuff. My room's okay though--it's the whole attic. Massive. Half carpeted, half bare boards--Dad's put a barre up, and a mirror.

AVRIL: Cool! Your own personal dance studio!

JESS: Well, there's not much else to do in this godforsaken dump. This will be my summer of hell. There are no kids here my age--just toddlers. If I didn't have Domino, I'd die of boredom.

AVRIL: I miss taking him for walks.Mom still won't let me get a dog. How's he settling down?

JESS: Oh, he loves it. Lots of rabbits and seagulls to chase. That's all he cares about.

AVRIL: By the way, you left your purple leotard in my room, and your Swat CD.

V HAS NOW ENTERED THE CHAT ROOM

JESS: I've been looking for that CD everywhere! Send it to me?

AVRIL: Oops--doorbell. Hayley's here, gotta go. Talk tomorrow? XXX

AVRIL HAS NOW LEFT THE CHAT ROOM

V: Greetings.

JESS: Hey! Didn't know you could just butt in like that. This is a private room!

V: So you think Lume is a godforsaken place, huh?

JESS: What?

V: For an island, it is a bit remote. But you are wrong. There's a lot going on here.

JESS: I never said I was on Lume. Who are you?

V: V

JESS: V? What does the V stand for?

V: V

V has now left the chat room

Continues...


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this is one of those books that when you read it, you have to read it again. maybe half for the "because-its-a-good-book" and half because of "okay-i-didn't-get-a-single-word-of-that". Christine morton shaw did a great job of confusing me throughout the book. it has a plot that until you figure it out (which takes a while) you just want to keep reading it, because if you don't youll be having dreams about the mysterious epsilon. the riddles and puzzles really offer a way for the reader (me)to make reading this book much more personal. this is definately one book that i truly truly love, and would reccomend it to anyone who loves what-is-going-on-here books and loves the sort of endings that truly make you think. All in all, awesome.
-AvidReader More than 1 year ago
The Riddles of Epsilon is a book that after you it the first time, you have to read it again. Its the type of book that I,years after discovering it in a dark corner of an nondescript public library, read on day when I want to curl up in a chair by a window on a rainy day. The overall plot (see one of the numerous summaries above) is liable to keep you on your toes as it races past various twists and turns leaving you, a confused mess trying to sort it all out (in a good way.) The ending of this book is one that the readers can tell required a lot of effort and planning, due to this, it came out as a wonderful and thrilling tier-up of a book riddled(see what i did there) with loose ends that you'll never get until the end (read it you'll understand what i mean) Its an excellent book for people who enjoy mysteries and suspense along with a surprising ending. (if you liked the Percy Jackson series, not the movie, you'd enjoy this book, probably)
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Cool
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i think its very good the aruther explained her self very well when i stated this book i just couldnt let it go as well as other books i have read of the years
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Lachelle Rivera More than 1 year ago
It was great! XD
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GVSreading More than 1 year ago
This girl (Jess) moves to this island with her family and there is a ghost (E) of the island that can only confront Jess on an online chat to try and warn her about the dark ones. At first she doesn't listen but he finally convinces her that her and her family is in danger. I guess that what finally convinced her was how her mom started sleep walking and saying these weird chants, "she's coming" and "she needs a path here". She would stand by her window at all hours of the night dead asleep and would say she was "waiting for her". Her mom was an artist and she kept drawing pictures of the supposed "her" so when she told E that she believed him she had to go to this deserted cabin in the woods, where E used to live and find all these clues and solve all these riddles until she finds out what's wrong with her mom and who the dark ones are It was a pretty good book but the way they described it I thought it would be better, but I guess not. I didn't like how on some of the ghost's diary entries the writing was in tiny sloppy cursive. It was a good book I liked the mystery but I didn't like how it was long, but if you don't like mystery then you shouldn't read this book. I did like how in the book it looked like you were actually reading out of Jess's diary and how it really looked like an online chat instead of just the rest of the writing in the book.
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This book is well written and a page-turner!As soon as I started reading it I was hooked! I'd recommend this book to anyone, child or adult!:) The book has a teenagerish quality, so as not to be too stuffy, and just the right amount of suspense to make it unforgettable :)!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When she gets into some trouble at school, Jess's parents think they have the perfect solution: they'll move to Lume, an island in the middle of nowhere. She thinks there is absolutely nothing interesting about Lume--until she discovers a derelict old cottage. There's something creepy about the cottage--some sort of presence that Jess can't describe. It turns even weirder and scarier when that same presence shows up in her instant message conversations--with no record of it on her computer.

This ghostly being, whatever he is, is soon revealed to be the owner of the cottage. He calls himself Epsilon, and he is leading Jess on a dark sort of treasure hunt--where the treasure, if she solves his riddles properly, will be saving her mother.

The eerie quest mirrors that of Sebastian Wren, a boy who lived in the same house, and faced the same dangers, a hundred years ago. Can Jess succeed where Sebastian did not?

This supernatural mystery/fantasy is certainly a suspenseful page-turner, but, in the end, it is quite forgettable. It's a nice way to pass an afternoon. The best part of the story is the heart-pounding suspense! It's great for that, and it'll have you checking nervously over your shoulder at times. It's even good enough for me to want to look for more by Christine Morton-Shaw, but I might check it out of the library first rather than buying it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. I recommend this to anyone really. Although I didn't like the plot that much, the story was very well written. It was hard to put down when I started to read it, but there were some parts that I find quite dull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book that was all about mystery and riddles! It was aawsome how the autor kept the answers of the riddles til way into the book...that was what kept me reading til I was done!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely different from anything that I have ever read before. It vaguely reminded me of those Nancy Drew computer games with the riddles and clues and different locations. I felt that it carried on at times and was boring, very repetative, finding myself eager to finish it. I recommend it, though it isn't one of my favorite books. My favorite character by far was Epsilon. I can't be the only one who envisions him as some hot, Brad Pitt duplicate can I?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the mystorey and every about this book! can't wate for whats next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books defiantly makes my top five. I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait for some more work from her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book blew me away.. a teacher of mine recommended it to a freind.. and i read the inside of the cover...i couldnt wait to read it. This book is filled with such suspense and just when you think you have everything figured out... the riddles change, and so do the clues.. and you have to start figuring it out all over again.. this was one book i just couldnt put down... i started it in 2nd period and was finished by the evening. I definately recommend this book to anyone. CHRISTINE MORTON-SHAW ROCKS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so amazed with the way this book was writen. Usually I understand the mystery and how to solve it before the characters do, but with this book I was as clueless as Jess, perhaps more at times! Riddles of Eplsilon was beautifully done and its complexity unfolded before your eyes. I never wanted to stop reading, beacause I was so desperate to know the anwsers! A wonderful read that will leave you cativated, garaunteed.Trust me, this book rocks hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book about light, darkness, swans, and the main charachter jess. seb wren is also a main roll in the story, and everthing just puts itself together.