The Emerald Atlas

Paperback | April 24, 2012

byJohn Stephens

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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.

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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 t...

John Stephens is also the author of The Fire Chronicle, the second installment in the Books of Beginning trilogy.  John received his MFA from the University of Virginia, and went on to write and produce television for ten years.  During this time, he read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and fell in love with fantasy for young read...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.63 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:037587271X

ISBN - 13:9780375872716

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great middle grade book! This was the perfect book to bring me out of my reading slump. Filled with humor, tons of action, and many twists and turns, this book was just incredible. Besides the fact that the main characters were very flawed, and in most cases childish, I really enjoyed their adventures.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My almost 10 year old loved this book! I bought this for my daughter for some summer reading. She read all the Harry Potter books and loved them and they are hard to follow up! This book really made the grade.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great adventure, worth a try I thought this was going to be a light read filled with magic and other kinds of happy excitement. It actually was the reverse. It’s a bit darker than usual Middle Grade fiction, and it’s not as happy as I thought. However, it was still a decent read and worth the time spent. The plot was quite detailed for a book that is targeted for a younger age group. It’s an interesting mix of several genres all in one. The time traveling aspect with photos is really interesting and I thought that was unique. The journey the three main characters undertake is also well done and fun to read. The setting is written in great detail, and it is evident there is a lot of effort and work placed in making this setting different. The three characters have their own distinct personality. Kate is the eldest, who has way too much on her shoulders and I’m surprised she hasn’t keeled under all the pressure throughout the book - which is admirable, she’s extremely strong mentally and is a very protective towards her two younger siblings. Michael was a fun character to read, with his obsession with dwarves, I liked how he developed throughout the book. Emma was my favorite character though. She was the one with the punch, and the spark that kept this novel going. I loved her personality! she was the one with the memorable quotes and put downs, and she didn’t seem to be afraid of anything - although sometimes she did let things get to her head. She’s just as strong as Kate, however she doesn’t have a lot on her shoulders or enough to worry about - at least it doesn’t seem to bother her if she is faced with a situation. I’m not sure what to say about Dr Pym. I think I’d have to wait until the rest of the series pans out to get a proper opinion. I did take a liking to Gabriel though! he was a such a great character and provided the strong silent archetype in this book. (There seems to be a lot of archetypes in this novel, by the way). It’s a long book, and sometimes the details in the book does slow the pace down. Although the time traveling idea was fun, how it was explained, and the consequences of it doesn’t seem to effect the characters or the storyline. Suddenly through the second half of the book, the plot seems to be extremely confusing and there seemed to be so many twists and turns through time that you can’t think straight and it feels like one jumbled mess. This is definitely a book meant to be slowly, for lack of a better term, ‘digested’ in order to get the main point across. There is just so much information to take in, that by the end of the book you’re still wondering if you really got the main idea. Or not. Another thing that bugged me were some of the characters just disappear and you don’t read up on them at the end. So what became of them? perhaps that question will be answered in the next book. (I hope so!) I’d say this book is what you would call an adventure of epic proportions. It’s certainly not a light read, but one meant to be read slowly to take in the massive amounts of information, twists and turns through time, and all the action and adventure. Although a ‘heavy’ read, it’s still worth it and it was a great adventure with lots more to come.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantasy!! This book by author John Stephens is a fantastic, wonderful tale of three very brave children. The story consists of love, friendship, loyalty and bravery. These kids Kate, Michael and Emma may not know much of their past but move on to discovery the truth about the great Books of Begining and their lost family. Along the way they meet wizards, dwarves(Michael's favourite), wolves and a Countess set on changing the future. But Kate, Michael, Emma with the help of their friends go on a magic journey to stop her. Over all I recamend this book for it is a magical and wonderful peice of Fiction! Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-07-10

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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 BeyondersStarred 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.”, 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.”From the Hardcover edition.