Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

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"You've stumbled on to something much larger than you can possibly imagine."

In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is blank, wordless, but its paper has fine veins running through it and seems to quiver, as if it's alive. Words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see.

And so unfolds a timeless secret . . . .

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About Matthew Skelton

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Matthew Skelton was born in the UK and spent most of his childhood in Canada. He has a PhD in English Literature from Oxford University. His debut novel was the New York Times bestseller Endymion Spring.
Published August 22, 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This thriller takes precocious children whose lives are disrupted by their parents’ separation, surrounds them with untrustworthy, professionally jealous and personally greedy academics and drops them into a mystery involving an ancient book.

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(Unbeknown to westerners, it had been around in China since the 2nd century but, with up to 40,000 separate Chinese characters, hadn't really caught on.) The man who financed Gutenberg's printing of his first book - which later became known as the Gutenberg Bible - was the rather shady Johann Fust.

Mar 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Endymion Spring

Teen Reads

This unbelievable experience takes him down a road of conspiracies and competitions, one in which he'll encounter a lunatic collector of rare books, a nosy Oxford professor, a peculiar homeless man, Mephistopheles the cat, an origami dragon, unfinished grammar homework, All Souls College, secret ...

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Common Sense Media

Mostly they're left in the Bodleian Library, where Blake discovers a strange, blank book called Endymion Spring.

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Historical Novel Society

Endymion Spring, apprentice to the famous printer Gutenberg, has to flee for his life when he is entrusted with a mysterious blank book coveted by Gutenberg’s financial backer, the evil Fust.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

As the back cover of Matthew Skelton’s debut novel Endymion Spring says, “the past is a dangerous beast.” The past - and a voiceless young boy named Endymion Spring - hold the foundations for the present and untold secrets waiting to be uncovered by whomever the book Endymion Spring chooses t...

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Greenwich Library

Molly's third (nice going!) book review is on Matthew Skelton's Endymion Spring: Blake Winters is bored out of his mind.

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