The Serpent's Egg by J Fitzgerald MccurdyThe Serpent's Egg by J Fitzgerald Mccurdy

The Serpent's Egg

byJ Fitzgerald Mccurdy

Hardcover | December 17, 2002

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In the quest tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Serpent's Egg begins as Ottawa lies under siege. Parliament Hill has fallen to dark forces. A group of children, led by Miranda, searches through the maze of caves and tunnels under the Library of Parliament. They are in quest of the magic needed to save our world and another, older world from Hate, the Demon, and her crazed minions. For Miranda and her companions, it's also a journey of self-discovery, where friendships and personal courage are put to the ultimate test in the never-ending war between good and evil.

J Fitzgerald McCurdy is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
Title:The Serpent's EggFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.98 inPublished:December 17, 2002Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0968871305

ISBN - 13:9780968871300

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A blast from the past. I read this book when I was about 12, and it stuck with me all these years after it was stolen. I'm so happy to have my hands on it again, it was well worth hunting down. I rolled my eyes at a few parts but overall good story-telling, great for kids and adults. People from Ottawa are bound to know the settings and recognize some names. Very surprised it was so hard to find since it's set in the nation's capital.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I really enjoyed this book. It got my attention/interest right from the begging. I recognized the setting of the book right away and it connects me to home. I found this book to be a good read read for me I enjoyed it. Although I can understand why some people didn't enjoy it the characters were a little bit flat and was a different writing style. However the writing style didn't take my interest away from the book. I finished the entire trilogy in a few days this book kept me interested for most of the book. I loved it !! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay Not amazing but not god awful either. Just a meh kind of fantasy story. I give it some bonus points for it taking place in Canada (need more of them Fantasy Canadian stories). It is a long book, and I never really could finish it but it's not the worst thing I've read and if you think you might like it I say give it a chance (perhaps see if your library has a copy of it so you can see if it peaks your interest before deciding to spend money on your own copy)
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A supreme and clever adventure! The Serpents Egg was a remarkable read and written by an incredibly talented author. The book takes place in actual places in Ottawa, which isn't just an adventure reading about it, but also visiting the places in real life as you recall the characters visiting there in the book. I own all three of the books in the series, and they are perhaps my most treasured of all the books I own. After reading these, I want to check out every other book J.Fitzgerald McCurdy has written and read them all!
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Fantasy Just as Hate, the Demon, arrives at Miranda's house to destroy her, a Druid takes her away. As she follows him, they make their way to the Houses of Parliament and with the help of the tunnels underground and a little bit of magic she, and her friends, are escorted to the Elven world. It is then she finds out that she is the only one who can destroy the Demon. The story was exciting and fast-paced and the fantasy world was intriguing. The world is inhabited by the typical Tolkien races of elves, dwarfs, trolls and dragons. That this world was connected to ours via the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa added an extra touch of fun. I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the fantasy were compelling. The main characters, on the other hand were somewhat lacking. I found them to be rather whiny and rude children, and the author's use of all caps when someone shouted was tiresome. However, the storyline kept me reading and I recommend this book to fantasy fans.
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! 8-) this book is sooooooo exciting and captivating that i COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN this is a must read, breathtaking, captivating... i could go on and on!
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from alright this book was good but had too much in common with the lord of the rings. otherwise good book
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the serpents egg The serpents egg is a very good book! I cant wait to read the next book! J. Fitzgerald McCurdy captivates your mind with this exiting adventure!
Date published: 2005-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Holy moly, this book stinks! Nice new cover, awful old book! Reader, beware: stay away from The Serpent's Egg and its sequels. They are very high up on my Worst Books of All Time list, and I've read tons of books. Improper punctuation, stilted dialogue, flat characters: this one's got it all. Oh, and it's also hilarious... but not in the sections that the author meant it to be. IT'S SO BAD IT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!!! It's painful! Do you like pain? If you enjoy the pain of dental drilling, then this is the book for you! Read it and weep!
Date published: 2005-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Serpent's Egg.... This is a great book!I couldn't put it down!!I can't wait to read your sequel!
Date published: 2005-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass... I hate trashing books, because as a librarian, as long as kids are reading, I'm generally happy. Plus, I also don't want to hurt a struggling author's attempt to become established. Well, I just read that these books have sold 50,000 copies in Canada - for those of you who think this isn't much, you're wrong. In Canada, that's a blockbuster. So now, with a clean conscience, I can let you all know that this book (admitedly, I haven't read the sequels) is terrible. The writing is very childish. The characters are one-dimensional. There is no subtext, no secrets behind the words that are left for the reader to discover on their own. And if you've read The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter (which I bet everyone reading this has), you have already read The Serpent's Egg. So save yourself the time and money and pass on this title!
Date published: 2004-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It will keep u goin' Amazing I could not put it down. The detail that went into this was excellent. It teaches children to be brave and it excirses their imaginations it will keep you spellbound to the very last page.
Date published: 2003-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Fantasy Get ready to the next Harry Potter-like series that will keep you reading non-stop till you finish the book! The Serpent's Egg is about a girl named Miranda, who spends her life in fear of death. The cause of her fear is Hate, the Demon and her loyal THUGS who'd love to kill her for their master. Miranda goes on a quest with her companions Arabella, Nick and Penelope. But wait, we mustn't forget the evil Muffy. The Druid, Naim, helps her to the elven world Bethany to go with the elves to rescue the Serpent's Egg. Well, That's all I can tell you, So GO NOW and read the book. And when you're finished, why not read the next book, The Burning Crown? They may be expensive, but it's worth the cash!
Date published: 2003-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Expected more from this book I bought this book for my daughter, expecting to read it myself before giving it to her. If they think this is supposed to be even close to Harry Potter or the Lord of the isn't. After reading the first three chapters, I just hope I can return it to the store. The book starts off with a disgusting, explicit description of the main villian called Hate. Later in the book, the kids have a teacher so distasteful, it's an insult to those in the teaching profession. I was appalled that a book for children could intentionally foster such disrespect for the very people who would encourage them to read such material. The choice of language and imagery depicted in this book are inappropriate for the age group for which it was intended. My suggestion is do not buy this book. If you do, parents should read it before giving it to their children. But there are so many other good books for kids out there, I would pass on this one and find something else.
Date published: 2003-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Under Parliament I enjoyed The Serpent's Egg and the sequel The Burning Crown. I liked the idea of using Ottawa as Miranda's home. I think that the author liked the Lord of the Rings and encorporated it into her story. The imagination of the cities and the personalities of Miranda and her friends are very well thought out. I would be interested in reading the third and wondered if it was in the making?
Date published: 2003-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Super Serpent's Egg Imagine that you are standing in the rubble of a great city, and a giant demon shrouded in black is coming at you, deadly stake poised. Do you instinctively run? Or turn around and fight, maybe die? That's the decision that 9-year-old Miranda D'Arte must make in Joan FitzGerald McCurdy's fabulous, suspenseful book, The Serpent's Egg. It's the day before spring break, and Hopewell Elementary School's grade four class is itching to get away from their deranged teacher, Mr. Little, who despises them. Miranda's friends Arabella (Bell) Winn and Nicholas (Nick) Hall come to her house for a fun-filled skiing week at the ski lodge that Dr. D'Arte rents every spring break, when the teacher's pet Penelope St. Jean and her bright pink poodle Muffy intrude on their fun. That night, a cloaked stranger appears, and brings the young Ottawa kids to a place they've never been… the land of Elves, Dwarves, THUGS, Wobbles, Demons, Trolls and Hellhags… The stranger, actually a Druid named Naim, tells
Date published: 2002-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom Reading The Serpent's Egg to my daughters I had them both so captivated and spellbound that they would beg me to read just one more chapter . It is full of mystery, action, laughs, and more. Miranda is brave but honest about her fears which makes the story seem the more realistic. This book ranks right up there with Harry Potter as far as my daughters and I, myself, are concerned. We enjoyed the Serpent's Egg and are eagerly looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2002-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Serpents Egg Hi,My name is Trevor Loughrin and I think that this is an excelent book! It inspiered me to write my own book called Nogsmede!I thought it was cool the way Naim incinerated the wizard! If I had to pick between books I think that The Serpents Egg is better than Harry Potter and the Prosoner Of Askaban!I foregot my age is 12!!!!
Date published: 2001-12-23