The Glass Sentence by S. E. GroveThe Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

The Glass Sentence

byS. E. Grove

Paperback | June 16, 2015

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For fans of The Golden Compass, this New York Times bestseller will take you on a fantastic journey across worlds and time.
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, Sophia's parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Together they travel over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounter pirates and traders, and rely on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and Sophia's unusual powers of observation. Little do they know that their lives are in as much danger as Shadrack's.

A New York Times Bestseller!

“I am in no doubt about the energy of S.E. Grove as a full-fledged, pathfinding fantasist. I look forward to the next installment to place upon the pile. Intensely.”—Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review

* “Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

S. E. Grove ( is a historian and world traveler. She spends most of her time reading about the early modern Spanish empire, writing about invented empires, and residing in Boston. Follow S. E. Grove on Twitter @segrovebooks.
Title:The Glass SentenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.75 × 5.19 × 1.31 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142423661

ISBN - 13:9780142423660


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination beyond comprehension! Here is a trilogy that will wrack the brains of any reader with its beautifully complex settings, charming characters, and epic adventure!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This! Got this book a few years ago and had to get the next 2 in the series. Amazing read I could not put the book down that's how good it was.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Really enjoyable read--wonderful concept, great delivery.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing Read! I loved this book so much! Could barely put it down. Intriguing plot, strong characters, and a unique theme. Not at all your formulaic sci-fi novel.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but didn't hold me This one took me a while to read for some reason. It was really interesting, but I didn't find myself drawn into it in the way I would have liked. Also, the ending was weird, and required some time for me to wrap my head around. There was lots to love, including a really really cool world, interesting characters, good adult characters, and a magnificent remorseful villainess. For some reason, it just didn't hook me.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glass Sentence Took a risk and bought this because I totally judged the book by its cover- and what a wonderful journey it's been! A brilliant new take on time travel. A fun adventure that, although advertised as a children's book, is perfectly suitable for an adult. So fun!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting read! I bought The Glass Sentence for a young friend this past summer and ended up reading it. I loved that the main character was a strong, intelligent 13 year girl who faces adventure and challenges head on. Sophia struggles with a lack of an internal clock (something I could totally relate to) in a time when the world has suffered a Great Disruption and is subsequently fractured into different time periods. Such a cool idea! This book is rich with imagery and has wonderful deep character development. A great read.
Date published: 2015-11-22

Read from the Book

The glass cases had been shattered, their contents gone. The bureaus lay open, their drawers bare. Here, too, the books had been pulled from the shelves and thrown to the floor. Sophia took in the destruction, too stunned to call out again. Everything, every single thing in the map room, had been destroyed or stolen. A broken glass map crunched beneath her boot and she looked down at the shards. There was a long, jagged scar across the leather-topped table. She touched it gingerly, as if to make certain that it was real. Then she raised her head and her eye fell on the wall map above the armchairs: the map of her parents’ voyage. It had been torn in half, ripped clear through from one end to the other.Sophia stared numbly at the pins that lay scattered around her on the chairs and carpet, a single thought running through her mind: Where is he? Where is Shadrack? Where is he?

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times BestsellerAn IndieBound National BestsellerA Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices SelectionA Top Ten Kid’s Next SelectionA Publishers Weekly Flying StartA Washington Post Summer Book Club SelectionA Junior Library Guild SelectionOne of Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer ReadsAn Amazon Summer 2014 Reading SelectionAn Amazon Top 20 Children’s/YA Book of 2014An ABC Best Book of 2014* “Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction . . . Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review* “A thrilling, time-bending debut . . . It’s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review* “Stellar . . richly layered and emotionally engaging from the first page through to the intriguing cliffhanger end.”—BCCB, starred review* "A mind-blowing debut . . . The bookmaking behind this first novel is as elegant as the maps within it."—Shelf Awareness, starred review“Wonderful. This author's imagination is just amazing.”—Nancy Pearl on “I am in no doubt about the energy of S.E. Grove as a full-fledged, pathfinding fantasist. I look forward to the next installment to place upon the pile. Intensely.”—Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review “Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.”—Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Kings “Absolutely marvelous.  It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time.”—Nancy Farmer, National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion"A page-turner . . . So imaginative."—Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal“Exuberantly imagined [and] exquisite."—Elizabeth Wein, New York Times best-selling author of Code Name Verity