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BOOK REVIEW: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Title: The Emerald Atlas

Author: John Stephens 

Publisher: Corgi Books

Age Group & Genre: Fantasy for age 9+ 



The Blurb:

Three Children. Two Worlds. One Prophecy.

They were snatched from their beds in the dead of night, when the world was covered in snow.
Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded. Arriving in the eerily silent Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something strange going on...

With the discovery of an old leather book, an ancient magical prophecy is set in motion which will take them on the the adventure of several lifetimes, to worlds outside their own. Only they have the power to save the town - and their own future.

A spellbinding, action-packed page-turner in the epic tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.K.Rowling


What I Liked About This Book:
I really loved this book! It’s funny, scary, adventurous, and full of unexpected twists and turns. The characters of the three children are all believable and well-drawn, and the story itself full of mystery, danger, humour and magic. Although the plotline feels familiar – three children find magical book and must stop it falling into the hands of the baddies – what lifts this book out of the ordinary are the array of eccentric characters, the fresh, funny dialogue, the roller-coaster pace, and the true heart of the book, the sense that the children have felt sorrow and fear and anxiety, and yet manage to overcome these emotional obstacles on their journey. 


What I Didn’t Like About This Book:
Like many writers whose characters move about in time, John Stephens got a little muddled with time travel theories and so it can be hard to follow what's happening with the Emerald Atlas, and with the hopping about in time. However, as long as you just read on at breakneck pace and don't think about this too much, it doesn't detract too much from the overall enjoyment of the story.

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