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Spell Robbers (Quantum League Series #1)

Spell Robbers (Quantum League Series #1)

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by Matthew J. Kirby

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A magical crime saga filled with marvelous thrills, high action, and extraordinary adventure, from critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby. After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no regular science camp. Along with his new friend, Peter, Ben discovers the secret


A magical crime saga filled with marvelous thrills, high action, and extraordinary adventure, from critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby. After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no regular science camp. Along with his new friend, Peter, Ben discovers the secret, powerful art of Actuation -- the ability to change reality by simply imagining it differently. When a mysterious group of men invade Dr. Hughes's laboratory, abducting her and stealing her precious equipment, Ben and Peter are suddenly caught up in a turf war between dangerous actuators desperate for Dr. Hughes's innovative technology. And as Ben and Peter are pulled into a perilous, hidden world full of impossibilities now made possible, will their combined powers be enough to save Dr. Hughes and vanquish their enemies before it's too late? From Edgar Award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby comes a fast-paced, boldly imagined tale of friendship, deadly adventure, and the infinite power of imagination.

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Publishers Weekly
When grandmotherly Dr. Hughes’s afterschool science camp turns out to be a training ground for “Actuators,” 12-year old Ben’s life becomes much more interesting. Using quantum mechanics and augmenting equipment, he learns to manipulate his thoughts to create clouds, rain, and lightning. After two groups of rival scientists, the Dread Cloaks and the Quantum League, discover that Dr. Hughes has invented a “portable augmenter,” Ben is enmeshed in a power struggle of cosmic dimensions. Kirby (The Lost Kingdom) infuses this action-packed spy thriller with layers of moral ambiguity. Identified as an actuating prodigy, Ben struggles to decipher how to manage his gifts and which side to use them for, knowing his choice has high stakes. Although tempted to believe one leader’s warning—“Evil people can do great harm with very little power.... We are not perfect, but we are all the world has”—Ben questions the dogma and tactics of all combatants. This first book in the Quantum League series provides satisfying partial closure, while intriguing storylines to be developed will leave readers eager for the next installment. Ages 8–12. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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"[An] inventive novel." --BOOKLIST
"Kirby deftly combines historical truths with rich, multilayered creative imaginings including mystery, cultural discord, and ongoing father-son conflict." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for ICEFALL

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
Winner of the PEN Center Literary Award
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Selection
"[A] taut, compelling mystery and survival story." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"[A] claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read!"
--Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series


"In this riveting historical fantasy . . . debut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
The art of actuation is the ability to change reality simply by imagining it to be different. What an amazing gift—or is it? Ben Warner is asked to join a new and exciting Science Camp led by the renowned Dr. Madeline Hughes. Ben, along with his new friend Peter, soon learns this is not an “ordinary” science camp. Quickly, the two boys unveil its secret—the art of actuation. Just as they begin to understand this power, Dr, Hughes is abducted and a group of strange men have stolen her precious equipment. Ben and Peter now must protect the lab and its cutting edge technology. Will the boys be able to defend Dr. Hughes work and defeat the Actuators? Ben is desperate to save the lab but in this world of endless possibilities, he feels himself becoming detached. Will he find his place and sense of belonging with his new group from the science camp or on his own? Reviewer: Lisette Baez; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
When 12-year-old Ben joins an after-school science club, he has no idea that the price of membership will be the loss of everyone he loves. Ben has always been a science nerd, but when his abilities in quantum mechanics prove to be more than just academic, it is only a matter of time before his proficiency makes him a target for some very dangerous people. Ben and his new friend Peter are recruited into the Quantum League, a group of special agents with the ability to bend matter to their will or to "actuate." Actuators can create fire from the air, manipulate another's emotions, or "detach" a child from his or her family, severing all connections and even memories. When a rival group kidnaps Ben's mentor and steals a dangerous device, he agrees to help the League if they will reattach him to his mother. This high-energy spy story is enhanced by the addition of scientific theory (if rather unsteadily grounded) and authentic characters. Ben's integrity, bravery and desire to forgo his special-agent status for his mother differentiate him from other familiar genre heroes. Unfortunately, uneven pacing, loose threads and a meandering plot are ultimately the story's undoing. An open ending promises a sequel. Refreshingly different in some ways but ultimately unsatisfying. (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Quantum League Series , #1
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File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and the PEN Literary Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature; The Clockwork Three, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start; The Lost Kingdom; and Cave of Wonders, the fifth book in the Infinity Ring series. Visit his website at www.matthewjkirby.com.

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Spell Robbers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Recomend to any one who likes super natrial powers or the idea. Love the plot and action. I love how they can creat things with their minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed the book from my teacher. It's great and I give it five stars. You don' t know what will happen next. If you want exicting, this is the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! Personally, it's a little to fast and they revesl to much in the first book, but still a wonderdul plot!! If you liked this book, I recomend "The Lost Planet" By Rachel Searles, "Wild Born (Spirit Animals Series #1)" By Brandon Mull, "The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings Of Fire Series #1)" By Tui T. Sutherland, "Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld Series 1)" By Curtis Jobling and "The Unwanteds (Unwanteds Series #1)" By Lisa Macmann. ~SlowLoris &psi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book Ben joined a "science camp" with a quantum physicist Dr.Hughes .Ben notices that this is not any other science camp but a teaching place for kids learn to use their imamagination to change reality where he meets a boy named Peter and become friend . When a evil group people invade the camp and take the doctor's precious equipment Ben and Peter are in the midle of a war full of fanticy made real and where any thing is posible .Can they save Dr.Hughes and the world? Find out in thid fast pacesed book .
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book is awasom love the plot love the story its awasome love his friens(: pleas make more ill cry if you dont )':i want to see if he gets his mom back check out spy school to its my favorite series Da bomb out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is pretty good. The plot was too short and the book was too short. But the idea was cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great and i loved the action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wheres number 2
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing book and is packed with adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action and a complex plot. This is the best book I've ever read in my life. The Quantum League is an adventurous action packed awesome amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vety good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing.
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Waits for cats to join. Remember, DO NOT ASK TO JOIN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youre so right
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