Balance Keepers, Book 1: The Fires Of Calderon: The Fires Of Calderon

Hardcover | September 23, 2014

byLindsay Cummings

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The Fires of Calderon is Book One in Lindsay Cummings’s epic Balance Keepers series. These exciting fantasy-adventure books are full of magic, mystery, friendship, and humor, and are perfect for fans of books like Brandon Mull’s The Candy Shop War or the Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann.

Bestselling author of the Skeleton Creek series Patrick Carman describes The Fires of Calderon as “fast paced and packed with adventure,” and Peter Lerangis, bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series, says, “Wow!”

With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and courage; both boy and girl main characters; fierce creatures to battle; a mystery to solve; and a boarding school that could be described as Hogwarts Underground, there’s something for every reader to enjoy in this contemporary—and fantastically imaginative—spin on the classic A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

When eleven-year-old Albert Flynn follows a mysterious map deep into the woods, and then under the woods, he discovers he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for keeping harmony in fantastical underground worlds. Together with his teammates Leroy and Birdie, Albert must master his magical talents in time to stop the fires in the Calderon Realm from destroying New York City above.

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The Fires of Calderon is Book One in Lindsay Cummings’s epic Balance Keepers series. These exciting fantasy-adventure books are full of magic, mystery, friendship, and humor, and are perfect for fans of books like Brandon Mull’s The Candy Shop War or the Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann.Bestselling author of the Skeleton Creek series Patrick Carman describes The Fires of Calderon as “fast paced and...

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There are many strange creatures in Albert Flynn's new home at the center of the earth, but none are as awesome as Albert himself. He's learned he's a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms. His new job in the Core is important; if the realms of Calderon, Belltroll, or Ponderay fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger...

Lindsay Cummings is a book blogger and the author of the teen series the Murder Complex. She lives in Texas with two German shepherds, one wolf cub who isn't very smart, a horse named Dan the Man, and a husband named Josh. She eats too many hot Cheetos and can't stop dyeing her hair crazy colors.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062275186

ISBN - 13:9780062275189

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could be the next big Middle grade series Eleven-year-old Albert Flynn is supposed to be spending his summer helping at the small town post office but when he finds a letter from his father asking him to make a delivery. This delivery leads him to the Core, where he learns that he?s a Balance Keeper. He and his two teammates, Birdie and Leroy, will be training and competing to help keep the Realms of the Core in balance and keep the world above safe. They quickly learn that there?s an imbalance in the Calderon Realm that?s affecting New York City and the balance needs to be restored before it?s too late. The was a really fun book to read. There was a lot of action, interesting characters, and a world that seemed like it would be both fun and terrifying to live there. The first book in a new middle grade series, it definitely delivered. I don?t read a lot of middle grade novels but this one had elements that reminded me of the ones that I did enjoy, in a way that didn?t come off as ?I?ve read this before?. It had the complex world-building without being overly complicated for the age group, it had very interesting mythology which led to some pretty amazing creatures, and it had great characters. I loved the dynamic created between Albert, Leroy, and Birdie. They were so much fun and they acted like kids, brave kids but still kids. The book was told in Albert?s POV and it was great to see the growth he showed from a lonely boy in our world to being a brave Balance Keeper. It was a believable growth, as in he wasn?t just suddenly an amazing competitor. It took time and practice for all three kids. The training and competitions against other Balance Keepers teams seemed like it would be fun if you didn?t think about the truth behind it. It was intense training for a dangerous job that could get them injured or killed. But they were still fun to read. After getting to see the Core and Calderon, I can?t wait to see the other two Realms. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-10-07