John Stephens' aptly-titled new fantasy trilogy begins auspiciously with a nimble, fast-paced tale of three siblings. Kate, Michael, and Emma have suffered through ten years of odious orphanage "care"; now they have slipped into the care of the eccentric, disturbingly mysterious Dr. Pym. While exploring their new home, the children discover a magical green book. With that discovery, a decade of tedium dissolves into cascades of dangerous time travel adventures and struggles with a beautiful witch and decidedly less attractive zombielike Screechers.
The Emerald Atlas was a thrilling book! Imagine riding a roller coaster that goes through time. I'm inpsired by Kate, Emma, and Michael's hard will to find their parents and to not forget them. In the slow moments the author could have written more detail. He seemed to have been bored. For example, when the children had been examining the house...slow and boring. But when the action hit I could feel myself there in the book running from wolves and freeing the prisoners. This book I will remember for a while. I hope I can get to the next book of Kate, Michael and Emma very soon.
Would I recommend this book? yes, I would recommend this book for those who seek action and excitement. But to those who like slow books and blah, blah, no I wouldn't. Clearly I'm a person of action and adventure and if you are too, then you'll agree with me that The Emerald Atlas is an amazing book that will be hard to put down.
Author: John Stephens
Published: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle School Fantasy
* Uncorrected ARC courtesy of Shelf Awareness
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