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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,812 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Stephens Narrator: Jim Dale Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books of Beginning Series Release Date:
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Called “A new Narnia for the tween set” by the New York Times and perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials series, The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world. These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right. Download and start listening now!

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  • Rich with wonder and personality, The Emerald Atlas is a terrific read. I wholeheartedly recommend it, and look forward to more. Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Beyonders

    Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
  • Unfolding magic and secrets deepen the story and build excitement as it reaches its complex and time-bending climax....Echoes of other popular fantasy series, from “Harry Potter” to the “Narnia” books, are easily found, but debut author Stephens has created a new and appealing read that will leave readers looking forward to the next volumes in this projected trilogy."
  • Publishers Weekly, January 18, 2011:
  • This fast-paced, fully imagined fantasy is by turns frightening and funny, and the siblings are well-crafted and empathetic heroes. Highly enjoyable, it should find many readers. The Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2011:
  • [A] great story is all in the telling, and in 'The Emerald Atlas' the telling is superb...First-time novelist John Stephens has created a vicarious adventure for children ages 9-15—the first in a trilogy—filled with unexpected twists and marvelously distinct and vivid characters."
  • BookPage, April 2, 2011:
  • With magic, humor and unforgettable characters, John Stephens’ remarkable debut novel follows Kate, Michael and Emma as they attempt to outwit the Countess, rescue the children and maybe even save the world in the process. Unanswered questions and two more books to locate ensure a sequel and more robust adventures ahead."
  • Realms of Fantasy, April 2011:
  • Ambitious, entertaining, magical, and whimsical, this marks a strong beginning to a new trilogy, invoking just a little Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events along the way.”
  • Booklist, March 15, 2011:
  • Fast-paced and engaging, with plenty of action, humor, and secrets propelling the plot. . . . Themes of family and responsibility . . . will easily resonate with young readers.   Kirkus, March 15, 2011:
  • Each character has such a likable voice that the elaborate story doesn’t feel overcomplicated. . . . The only gripe readers might initially have is with its length, but by the end, they’ll immediately wish it was longer.”
  • Library Media Connection, May / June 2011:
  • A rollicking fantasy filled with shiver-inspiring evil creatures and quiet heroes. The feisty sisters and the intellectual brother will win the hearts of readers of all ages.”
  • CrackingTheCover.com, April 5, 2011:
  • Creativity and wit abound in 'The Emerald Atlas.' Author John Stephens could have easily fallen into the trap of building on someone else’s ideas. But he doesn’t.
    Stephens doesn’t write down to his readers. Rather he offers a sophisticated narrative that will appeal to children and adults alike. It’s clear he had fun writing and that 'The Emerald Atlas' was painstakingly thought out.”

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " This book lived up to the reviews I had read. It was a satisfying and exciting read. I particularly liked the character development and plot pace. It reads like a page turner, and you can easily relate to the three orphans as main characters. Just enough suspense to engage older readers and believable magic. I enjoy time travel books, but this one doesn't make time travel the main elements. I look forward to reading book two in the series. These books will be very welcome in my school library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcus | 1/27/2014

    " This book is great! It's action packed, and really makes you think about life the way it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/15/2014

    " A fun magical adventure. A combination of Lemonity Snicket and Harry Potter. I listened to the audio version narrated by Jim Dale, who did a wonderful job, but also accentuated the Harry Potter parallels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlotte B | 1/10/2014

    " this book surprised me. there's depth, there's complexity, just the right amount of fantasy and a touch of fun. i loved how i couldn't predict the next chapter and even the ending! that kind of thing is rare. five stars!! "

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